Democrats reintroduce assault weapons ban

Congressional Democrats are reintroducing legislation to ban assault weapons but the measure faces long odds even after last month’s mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn…

Foreign adoptions by US parents drop again

The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents fell by 7 percent last year…

Old style China popcorn machine featured

Old-style China popcorn machine goes on Discovery channel…

Role of sex in military firings

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, fired from his command in Afghanistan last May and now facing a court-martial on charges of sodomy, adultery and pornography and more, is just one in a long line of commanders whose careers were ended because of possible sexual misconduct….

Panetta opens combat roles to women

Panetta is removing the military’s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions…

Over 20 million watched Inauguration

Nielsen says an estimated 20.6 million people watched President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on TV, sharply down from his first…

Air Force calls sex assaults ‘appalling’

The Air Force’s top officer says the service recorded an “appalling” number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct in the wake of a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas…

Ohio teacher duct-tapes students

A northeast Ohio middle-school teacher has until later this week to respond to an allegation that she posted a Facebook photo of her students with their mouths covered with duct tape…

US House defuses looming debt crisis

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid its first-ever default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month…

Poll: Many say let illegal immigrants stay in US

More than 6 in 10 Americans now favor allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens, a major increase in support driven by a turnaround in Republicans’ opinions after the 2012 elections…