Q&A: Why was tree damage so extensive? One of the more visible casualties of the severe winds and torrential rains was the metro area's urban forest. Thousands of trees of all shapes and sizes fell onto houses, streets and boulevards.4:49 p.m.
U.S. Faces Major Diplomatic Challenge In Extraditing Snowden
The U.S. is urging countries around the world to return a former intelligence contractor, who was last seen in Hong Kong. The State Department revoked Edward Snowden's passport, but the man accused of releasing American secrets is on the run. And there seem to be plenty of countries, including Russia, willing to hide him in spite of U.S. appeals.
WikiLeaks Helps NSA Leaker As It Works To Stage A Comeback
The group WikiLeaks has played a key role in the case of Edward Snowden, the former contractor who has admitted leaking top secret documents about surveillance. Snowden is now trying to elude U.S. authorities, and is seeking asylum in Ecuador. WikiLeaks has helped plan his escape and Julian Assange, the group's leader, came to Snowden's defense on Monday.
Syrian Rebels Inherit Arms From Gadhafi's Former Forces The New York Times reports that Qatar has been arming rebels inside Syria by taking weapons from Libya and shipping them through Turkey. The same weapons were once held by Moammar Gadhafi. Audie Cornish talks to Times reporter Mark Mazzetti.
Berlusconi Gets 7-Year Sentence For Paying A Minor For Sex
An Italian court has found former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi guilty of paying for sex with a minor, a then teenaged pole dancer known on stage as "Ruby the Heartstealer." The court also convicted Berlusconi of abuse of power for having her released from police custody after she was arrested for an unrelated theft. The court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years but he will not go to jail pending appeal to higher courts.
Among Conservatives, Concerns Grow Over New School Standards
Forty-six states and Washington, D.C., have signed on to the Common Core State Standards, a set of K-12 standards meant to ensure that students are reaching the same learning benchmarks nationwide. But as states begin implementing the standards, many conservatives have come out against them.
High Court Sides With Employers In Discrimination Suits
The Supreme Court sided with employers in two harassment and discrimination cases. One case turned on whether one employee was another's supervisor, the other on whether the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center was justified in withdrawing an offer of employment.
For Modern Jurors, Being On A Case Means Being Offline
In simpler times, jurors were told not to discuss their cases with others. But with the proliferation of mobile devices, courts must now contend with Facebook, tweets, texts, instant messaging and Google — all tools that can compromise a juror's impartiality.
Another Republican Hopes For Upset In Mass. Senate Race
Businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez is trying to pull off a win in Tuesday's special election to fill John Kerry's Senate seat — like Republican Scott Brown's surprising special election victory in 2010. But polls show Gomez trailing veteran Democratic Rep. Ed Markey.
Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'
Sigur Ros delights in shifting the listener's perspective — even its anthems elude the conventional rock plod. With Kveikur, the band's majestic (if usually mellow) vistas and naturescapes acquire a distinctly harsh edge.