• 2:47pm Feb 19, 2013
    National National

    Op-Ed: It's Time To Recognize The Valor Of Cyber Warriors

    Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the military will award a new medal to recognize exceptional accomplishments in areas including drone and cyber warfare. Brookings Institution senior fellow Peter Singer argues that this is an important step in recognizing the changing nature of war.
  • 12:33pm Feb 19, 2013
    National National

    Prisoner's Handwritten Petition Prompts Justices To Weigh Government Immunity

    The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the federal government can be sued for the actions of prison guards. It comes 50 years after the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright ruling required states to provide counsel for indigent criminal defendants, a case that also began with a long shot, longhand plea from behind bars.
  • 12:33pm Feb 19, 2013
    National National Education

    Cyberbullying Law Shields Teachers From Student Tormentors

    There's a new cyberbullying law in North Carolina — but it's not for students who torment other students. It's one of the first of its kind that punishes students who target teachers online. Teachers groups and free speech organizations are split on what the law hopes to accomplish.
  • 12:33pm Feb 19, 2013
    National National Economy Politics & Government

    Obama Again Calls For Balanced Plan For Cuts

    President Obama spoke Tuesday about the impacts of deep spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1. With a group of first responders in uniform standing behind him in the White House, he said if Congress doesn't stop the cuts, responders won't be able to help communities respond to disasters.
  • Todd Macy, a banker from Marin County, Calif., was the victim of identity theft. Nearly a year after filing his return, he's still waiting for his federal tax refund.
    Courtesy of Todd Macy
    6:27pm Feb 18, 2013
    National National Economy

    What Happens When Someone Else Gets Your Tax Refund

    If you usually wait until April to file your taxes, you might want to hurry up — before identity thieves beat you to it. Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, these criminals file fake tax returns. This generates big, and fraudulent, refunds, before the real taxpayer gets around to filing.
  • 7:52am Feb 18, 2013
    National National

    Hints Of Progress After Investigation At Guantanamo Court

    A pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 case was suspended briefly last week to investigate allegations of eavesdropping. The commissions' chief prosecutor launched an investigation, and said no one was "listening, monitoring, recording" the proceedings. Defense attorneys seemed to take his word, which given the history of the commissions, is a baby step toward progress.
  • A Union Pacific freight train passes over a grade crossing in Elmhurst, Ill.
    Tim Boyle / Getty Images
    7:12pm Feb 16, 2013
    National National

    High-Speed Rail Buzz Overpowers Daily Chug Of Freight Trains

    President Obama reiterated his goal of bringing America up to speed with new high-speed rail projects nationwide. Meanwhile, the freight-rail systems are still helping farmers keep costs down and getting their crops out. Any new kind of rail expansion would have to take these long-established networks into account.