Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in two homicide cases testing whether it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 14-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
For A Personal Cause, Casino Owner Bets On Gingrich
One of the defining elements of the 2012 presidential campaign is money. Two dozen wealthy Americans have put in at least $1 million each. And one of the biggest donors is Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who has almost single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich's campaign afloat.
Native Alaskans Divided On State's Oil Drilling Debate
As Shell Oil prepares to drill in the Arctic Ocean this summer, Native Alaskans are visiting Washington, D.C., to make their case for — or against — drilling. Some Inupiats argue that oil and gas exploration puts their traditional lives at stake, but others say the economy of the North Slope needs new oil and gas revenues.
That's All, Folks: Kevin Smith On Leaving Filmmaking
In his new book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good, Kevin Smith, the director who kicked off his career 20 years ago with Clerks, explains how he got into the movie business — and why he's walking away from it now.
House Republicans To Unveil Budget Plan
Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan releases the House GOP budget Tuesday, likely including a proposal to restructure Medicare. That idea brought much criticism from Democrats and advocates for the elderly when Ryan pushed it least year.
Florida Teen's Shooter Faces FBI Scrutiny
In Sanford, Fla., an unarmed black teenager was shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain. Parents of the teen, Trayvon Martin, want the shooter charged.
Italy's PM Monti In Talks With Union Leaders
On Tuesday, Italian prime minister Mario Monti sits down with powerful trade union leaders, hoping to weaken legal protections that make it almost impossible to fire workers. Monti blames these rules for slow economic growth. Union leaders are threatening nationwide strikes.
U.K. Considering Long-Term Bonds
Britain is expected this week to announce plans to issue a bond that will take 100 years to mature — and maybe even a bond that never matures but just keeps paying out indefinitely. It's being billed as an attempt to lock in the benefits of Britain's "safe haven" status and the low borrowing rates that come with it. It also means government borrowing wouldn't have to be repaid until the next century.