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This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows prison inmate Gregory Holt.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:30

The court said a ban on beards violated the prisoner's religious freedom. The state of Arkansas had argued that the beard presented security concerns and that it could be used to hide contraband.

Eisenhower delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of the 86th Congress in 1959. Behind him are Vice President Richard Nixon and Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:16

Clinton began his seventh year with a unique if dubious distinction: He was the only president ever to give a State of the Union speech with impeachment charges pending against him in the Senate.

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Manila, capital of the Philippines, before boarding his flight back to Rome on Monday.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:46

On his return from a weeklong trip to Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the church's ban on artificial means of birth control and said Catholics should practice "responsible parenthood."

Taofick Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princess dolls a month, and reckons he has 10 to 15 percent of a small but fast-growing market.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:44

The Queens of Africa are based on Nigeria's three largest groups — Igbo, Yuruba and Hausa — and each has traits meant to empower the girls who play with them.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:23

The four men, all in their 20s, are accused of providing logistical support to Ahmed Coulibaly, the gunman who took hostages at a Kosher supermarket during the Jan. 7-9 Paris attacks.

Dr. Stephen Teach helps Jeffery Ulmer listen to his daughter Alauna's asthmatic breathing at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Alauna's mother, Farisa, holds her. The District has one of the highest rates of pediatric asthma in the country.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:13

Children who live in inner cities in the Northeast are much more likely to have asthma. But a wider look finds that poor children in the suburbs are at high risk, too.

Demand is growing for GMO-free labels on food products, according to the Non-GMO Project, one of the principal suppliers of the label.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:48

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:17

Hospitals in the state are among the leaders in developing alternatives to medical liability litigation. A recently enacted law helps consumers who want to challenge hospitals and doctors.

A warning sign shows the location of a 12-inch oil pipeline owned by Bridger Pipeline Co. that spilled up to 50,000 gallons of crude along the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Mont.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:41

The discovery comes days after up to 50,000 gallons of oil spilled from a break in a pipeline along the Yellowstone River. Saturday's spill is the second in the river since 2011.

Houses of local residents are seen damaged in clashes that erupted between presidential guards and Shiite Houthi fighters in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:36

The Associated Press is calling the "shelling ... a dramatic escalation in the violence that has gripped Sanaa since Monday." Some Yemeni officials are calling the rebels' move "a coup."

During his 1965 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson said, "This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope."
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:53

Looking back, presidents have often characterized the state of the union as "strong," but not always. President Ford described it as "not good."

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:38

There is bipartisan support for sanctions — and a veto threat from the president. His chief of staff, Denis McDonough, says the White House would consider congressional action "later in the year."

A view of the jury box, right, inside Courtroom 201, where jury selection in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes is to begin Tuesday at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:36

James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the theater shooting in July 2012. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The jury pool of 9,000 is one of the largest ever.

President Obama greets lawmakers as he leaves after delivering the 2014 State of Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:07

The economy has improved greatly since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. But is his economic legacy impressive enough to justify taking a victory lap during his State of the Union address?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:00

During World War II, the Japanese aimed thousands of wind-borne explosives at North America. To this day, many have not been accounted for.


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