A bill that would ban abortions for women more than 20 weeks pregnant and could close down all but five abortion clinics in Texas was defeated Tuesday after a nearly 13-hour filibuster from State Senator Wendy Davis. Though she may have only delayed the inevitable, it brought her support from many around the country.
At least two terrorist attacks, including a plot against the New York Stock Exchange, were thwarted thanks to government surveillance programs, U.S. officials said at an Intelligence Committee meeting Tuesday. The government has been trying to reframe the conversation around the programs after their existence was made public by Edward Snowden.
An Arizona law that required the state's voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote will not stand, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the bill unconstitutional. What the decision means for three other states with similar laws, as well as other voter restrictions, though, remains to be seen.
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.
Many American families are no longer conforming to the traditional nuclear family. Jennifer Finney Boylan and her family, is just one example. More than ten years ago, Boylan transitioned from male to female and has remained married to her wife Deidre, all while raising two sons.
As the United States begins to withdraw from Afghanistan after more than a decade of military involvement, China is beginning to increase its presence, both diplomatically and financially.
Pakistan faces a recurring problem keeping the lights on. And not just the lights, but also the factories. There are regular blackouts in the country, but the new prime minister has promised to get the power turned back on, and kept on regularly.
The NSA has been publicly accused of tracking data on Americans. The agency requested -- and was granted -- a court order requiring a unit of Verizon to turn over all of its records on a daily basis. Plus, the NSA and the FBI are accused of operating a top-secret program to track user data from the servers of nine leading Internet companies.
A dozen or more people were injured, at least one fatally, according to initial reports, when a Salvation Army store in central Philadelphia collapsed Wednesday morning. The search will continue for the next 12 to 24 hours, officials said at a press conference.
The latest batch of tornadoes that slammed into Oklahoma last week brought more death and destruction. Surprisingly, among the dead were three professional scientist who make their living following and researching tornadoes. These men, profiled on a TV series, were caught surprised by a tornado that behaved unexpectedly.
Violent crime is down in Philadelphia, but officer-involved shootings are up. That dichotomy, and the number of officer-involved shootings this year, has led the Philadelphia police commissioner to call on the Federal Department of Justice to review the department's policies and training on use of force.