Revelations about the NSA's online surveillance have upset many countries, and some want to exercise greater control over the Internet. But experts say the likely result would be greater surveillance worldwide.
The record-breaking wildfire in Yosemite National Park is calling attention to a problem found across the West: Forests are overloaded with fuel after a century of putting out fires. What to do about that is fueling its own heated debate.
You're driving down the street, and there on the corner, something familiar: a person waving a giant advertisement. Wait, that's not a real person! In cities across the sign-waving mannequins are helping to advertise things like cash for gold, furniture and apartments.
Day 15 of the government shutdown had a promising beginning, marked by a bipartisan proposal from Senate leaders to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. But those hopes were quickly dashed.
Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers who requested an extension on their 2012 tax returns. With most of its staff currently furloughed, the Internal Revenue Service is not answering calls, issuing refunds or collecting audits. Even so, don't expect a filing reprieve; the midnight deadline is still in effect.
A sales tax on medical devices was passed to help pay for the Affordable Care Act. Manufacturers have been waging a persistent campaign to get rid of it. Now it's one of the bargaining chips being tossed around in the budget crisis on Capitol Hill.
Voters always say they want to "throw the bums out," except when it comes to their own representative. But now, against the backdrop of federal government shutdown, a potential default and general Washington dysfunction, there are signs the public is ready to buck that axiom.
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