Jan 22, 2015

Abortion foes push new bills in Congress and the states

Foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure, buoyed by conservative gains in the November elections. On both sides of the debate, activists are highlighting their hopes and ...

Dec 8, 2014

In Colorado, pot dining on shaky legal ground

Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking through a demonstration on cooking with marijuana. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy, and how to pair marijuana with fine foods. One catch though — there’s no actual ...

Utah reconsiders firing squads amid shortages in lethal drugs

Nov 20, 2014

Utah reconsiders firing squads amid shortages in lethal drugs

Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah state lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs. The proposal from would call for a firing squad if the state cannot ...

Nov 18, 2014

Wi-Fi hubs to replace NYC pay phones

Thousands of high-tech terminals offering free Wi-Fi and other services will soon replace New York’s remaining fleet of seldom-used pay phones, the city’s mayor said. Bill de Blasio called the LinkNYC system “the fastest and largest municipal Wi-Fi network in the world.” Up to ...

Nov 4, 2014

Lava stalls short of Hawaiian town's main road

Lava from Kilauea volcano has stalled just under 500 feet (150 meters) from the main road in Pahoa on the Big Island, officials said Saturday. Some lava has been breaking out along the sides of the flow, but it is moving slowly, said Darryl ...

Lava nears homes of Hawaiian village

Oct 29, 2014

Lava nears homes of Hawaiian village

A stream of lava from the Kilauea volcano slithered across fields on Tuesday, burning grass and other vegetation as it closed in on a village on Hawaii’s Big Island, with the nearest home only 70 yards (64 meters) away. Residents in the path of ...

Oct 27, 2014

Democrats enlisting Latinas across the U.S. for top of ballot

The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at yet another “How does it feel to be the first Latina?” question. “I’d like to ...

Oct 14, 2014

Northern California overdue for big quake, study says

Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state’s water, according to a geological study published on Monday. ...

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Sep 30, 2014

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western U.S. state is battling near-record numbers of blazes. And the normal fire season has only just begun. Nearly 7,500 firefighters are currently struggling to douse the ...