Fireworks shortages dampen some holidays It's July 4th, Independence Day, and many people are planning to gather at dusk to watch their local fireworks display or lighting a fuse of their own at home.4:44 p.m.
Longtime Sen. Jesse Helms Was Conservative Purist
The five-term North Carolina senator retired in 2003 but left a legacy of strong conservatism — and controversy — in a state that hadn't seen a GOP senator for decades. He has died at the age of 86.
Why Do We Care About Flag Pins?
Sen. Barack Obama Obama was questioned about why he doesn't always wear a flag pin during a Democratic debate in April. Recently the Democratic candidate has been wearing one. When did the patriotic pin tradition begin?
How Bush Spent His Fourth Of July
President Bush went to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson for the annual Independence Day celebration and naturalization ceremony. While welcoming more than 70 new American citizens, he was interrupted by protesters.
Nature, Neighbors Guide Composer's Notes
Phillip Bimstein blends the voices and sounds of his hometown and Zion National Park in southern Utah to create songs. A "Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa," is a musical hike through the sounds of the park.
Records 'Too Dangerous' To Stay In Iraq
Some Iraq government officials accused Kanan Makiya of looting, when he gave Baathist documents to the Hoover Institution for safe keeping. He says that because the records rate Iraqis according to their loyalty to Saddam Hussein, it's too dangerous to leave them in Iraq.
U.S. Opens Embassy in Germany
U.S. diplomats and German politicians have been emphasizing the important symbolism of the new building and its location next to the Brandenburg Gate. Germans seem less convinced.
Atlanta Soul Scene Reborn
The capital of Georgia is home to some of the biggest stars in hip-hop and R&B. Since the 1990s, though, the city has also nurtured a very different scene — indie soul. Clubs like the shuttered Yin Yang Cafe and Sugarhill have birthed an intimate scene that gives musicians room to experiment and grow.
Betancourt Welcomed Back To France
The former Colombian presidential candidate is back in France Friday, six years after being taken hostage by the FARC. She received a hero's welcome from French President Nicolas Sarkozy and told her supporters she "cries with joy."
Colombian Military Basks in Glory of Incredible Rescue
Commandos fooled the hostages' captors in an elaborate scheme that involved a mole, false radio commands and tricking FARC operatives into thinking helicopters were part of a humanitarian mission. How did they come up with such a plan?