People in Connecticut — from the state level to local hunters — are talking about gun control after the shootings in Newtown. The National Rifle Association is expected to hold a press conference on the issue on Friday.
Two convicted bank robbers escaped from a jail in downtown Chicago earlier this week. Authorities think they did it by breaking through a window and climbing down a rope of bed sheets before hailing a cab to get away. The cellmates are still on the run.
Food manufacturers have been quietly reducing sodium by tiny amounts in popular foods like crackers for years now. That's because if products are marked "low sodium," consumers won't buy them. But companies are also working on ways to deliver more salt taste with less sodium.
The state is known for its tough environmental rules, but it has largely ignored hydraulic fracturing until now. Though California's concerns are like those of many other places, there's also the question of how the growing fracking industry might affect earthquakes.
The latest Pew poll shows a slight upward shift in the percentage of Americans who say it's more important to control gun ownership than it is to protect the right to own guns. But deeply felt feelings appear to be limiting the change.
A report by the National Intelligence Council projects that in 2030 the U.S. influence in global affairs will decrease, China will continue to rise as a global power, and a global middle class will grow significantly.
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