Cast Of Thousands Keeps Grand Canyon Humming
Grand Canyon National Park may be one of the planet's Seven Natural Wonders, but few realize how many people help keep its 4.4 million annual visitors safe and happy — from the cowboys who lead mule tours, to the dispatchers who make sure campground toilets work.
Zimbabwe's Mugabe: From Liberator to Pariah
In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, winner of a one-man runoff election, was sworn in as president for a sixth term Sunday. Many world leaders have denounced his victory as illegitimate. His opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, dropped out because Mugabe's ruling party was beating and killing his followers.
Alaska Set to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
Alaska became the 49th American state on Jan. 3, 1959. But the state has already begun celebrations to mark June 30, 1958, when the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska Statehood Act. And with fewer than 1 million people, the state is in no danger of losing its unique flair.
Army's Official Iraq War Report Cites Poor Planning
A U.S. Army report criticizes the planning and aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Army's official history of the war says the biggest single blunder was Gen. Tommy Franks' decision to send the leaders of the Baghdad invasion into Kuwait and put a less experienced officer and less well-resourced team in its place.
Update on Marines' Prosecution in Haditha Killings
The deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians more than two years ago led to the high-profile court-martial of eight Marines accused of violating the rules of engagement. The case against the highest-ranking officer charged in the killings was dismissed last week, which the prosecution plans to appeal.
Rural Residents Struggle with High Gas Tab
How much you're feeling the sting of high gas prices depends in large part on where you live. The people taking the biggest hit live in rural areas where driving long distances is usually unavoidable.
Victims, Mining Industry Await Utah Cave-In Report
Federal regulators are putting the final touches on a comprehensive report about last year's deadly coal mine collapse. As Congress considers tough new safety standards for the mining industry, survivors of the cave-in and victims' families are suing the coal company and the mine's operator.
World Food Program Expands N. Korea Operations
The World Food Program announced a major expansion of its operations in North Korea on Monday. North Korea is letting the WFP expand its staff there sixfold — a rare opening of the communist nation to foreign observers.
Woman's Firing Marks Special Counsel's Troubles
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is responsible for investigating complaints from government employees. But consistent criticism of how the agency does business led to a federal investigation of Scott Bloch, the head of the office. Benetta Mansfield is among employees whose complaints were rejected by the office.