In the News

 

‘Top kill’ awaits BP greenlight, success remains uncertain

BP executives await results of diagnostic test before deciding whether a difficult top kill procedure is a viable option to plug the oil leak nearly a mile underwater.

Obama to send 1,200 National Guardsmen to U.S.-Mexico border

The Obama administration will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to stop illegal immigration and narcotics smuggling.

As oil approaches coast, officials admit only BP can stop leak

The Coast Guard warns against removing BP; photos document the devastation of the coast; and a reporter dives into the spill’s toxic soup.

White House, lawmakers set to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell”

The White House has endorsed a measure that would repeal the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

British doctor who inspired worldwide vaccine scare banned

On Monday Britain’s medical council stripped Andrew Wakefield of his license, saying he had “abused his position of trust” and “brought the medical profession into disrepute.”

As midterms near, Democrats weigh two hot-button issues

President Obama is contending with two hot-button issues: gays in the military and government spending.

South Korea says North will ‘pay a price’ for torpedo attack

South Korea bans trade and sea access, prepares military defense with U.S. support.

Thumb

Proof of Israel’s nuclear program may spark conflict at summit

Newly declassified documents may well prove what most observers and international officials have suspected for some time: that Israel possesses nuclear weapons.

Thumb

Supreme Court agrees to hear death row inmate’s civil rights case

Attorneys for Hank Skinner have argued that prosecutors violated his rights by denying him access to evidence recovered from the crime scene.

    •  
      American Voices
       
      The Watch List
       
       
      climate desk