The wildfire near Yosemite National Park has scorched more than 180,000 acres since it erupted on Aug. 17. Renee Montagne talks to Corinna Loh, whose family owns the Iron Door Saloon in Grovedale, Calif. She has lost two homes to the Rim Fire and is struggling to keep her business open.
When Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont two years ago, miles of roads were destroyed and 1,400 families were displaced. It didn't take long for the highways to be repaired, but putting people's lives back together has taken much longer. It's been a difficult lesson for a state unaccustomed to natural disasters.
Retailing giant Wal-Mart has announced it will extend comprehensive medical benefits to domestic and legally married same-sex partners beginning next year. Wal-Mart is the single biggest U.S. employer outside of the federal government.
Lawyers for George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, are asking Florida to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars of his legal fees. Under Florida law, a defendant who's acquitted in a trial is not liable for any court costs.
After days of worry, Clarence B. Jones, legal adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., was relieved to stand at the Lincoln Memorial and watch the event unfold without a hitch. While there's been great progress in the decades since, Jones says, he also feels King's dream still remains unfulfilled.
In marking the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, President Obama will celebrate the progress the United States has made, aides say. But he'll also talk about what's left to be done to achieve Martin Luther King's dream of racial justice — including fighting to protect voting rights.
Last year, the federal government made accessible playgrounds a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But whether children with disabilities are able to enjoy their new civil rights may depend on where they live.
When a disagreement on a Michigan street turned into a deadly gun battle, with small children caught in the open, one woman ran into the line of fire, telling herself: "Just get the kids out the way. 'Cause I'd want someone to do that for my kids."
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