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Smithsonian Hails Baby Boom of Endangered Species

Updated: 06/23/2013 - Officials at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia say they've had a baby boom of endangered species in recent months and are sending some animals to other facilities.

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Contract OK'ed for Coalfields Expressway connector

Posted: 06/23/2013 - The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to award a contract in July for the second phase of a highway that will link the Coalfields Expressway to Kentucky.

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W.Va. House Speaker Weighs New Role

Posted: 06/23/2013 - It was the eve of last week's special session when reality hit Speaker Tim Miley in his quest to lead West Virginia's House of Delegates.

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Plane Believed to be Carrying Snowden in Moscow

Posted: 06/23/2013 - An Aeroflot flight from Hong Kong believed to be carrying a former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States has landed in Moscow.

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Pa. Girl who Fought for Lung Transplant Now Awake

Posted: 06/22/2013 - A spokeswoman for the family of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant after a national debate over the process of getting the organs says the girl has awakened from a medically-induced coma and is communicating by nodding.

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4 Shot at NC Law Firm, Wal-Mart; Suspect Caught

Updated: 06/21/2013 - Police in North Carolina say a man armed with a shotgun wounded one person at a law firm, then crossed a busy street and shot three more people in a Wal-Mart parking lot before officers subdued him.

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Senators Announce Border Security Compromise

Posted: 06/20/2013 - Republican senators searching for compromise on an immigration bill have announced an amendment to dramatically increase agents, technology and fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Senators Closing in on Border Security Compromise

Posted: 06/20/2013 - White House-backed immigration legislation is gaining momentum in the Senate, where key lawmakers say they are closing in on a bipartisan compromise to spend tens of billions of dollars stiffening the bill's border security requirements without delaying legalization for millions living in the country unlawfully.

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Expensive Trip for President Obama

Posted: 06/14/2013 - President Obama is scheduled to visit Africa later this month, now the cost of that trip is coming into question.

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Credit Card Use is Down

Posted: 06/14/2013 - Many young americans are steering clear of credit cards. New research from credit score provider FICO shows the number of young people without credit cards has actually doubled since the recession.

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Texas Gov. Signs 'Merry Christmas' Bill Into Law

Posted: 06/14/2013 - Surrounded by sleigh bell-ringing Santa Claus impersonators, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges -- but also stressed that freedom of religion is not the same thing as freedom from religion.

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UPDATE: Decisions Still to Come on Details of Arming Syrian Rebels

Updated: 07/17/2013 - UPDATE: Now that President Barack Obama has decided to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels, decisions will have to be made on just what type of weapons -- and how many of them -- to send in, and how to make sure the weapons stay out of the hands of extremists who are battling for control of Syria.

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China Newspaper: Snowden Could be Useful to China

Posted: 06/14/2013 - A popular Communist Party-backed newspaper is urging China's leadership to get more information from former defense contractor Edward Snowden rather than send him back to the U.S., because his revelations about secret U.S. surveillance programs concern China's national interest.

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