The death of Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg gives New Jersey Governor Chris Christie the ability to appoint a Republican to represent the state in the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1982. Political leaders in the state are scrambling to figure out the rules for electing Lautenberg's replacement.
Congress holds another hearing Tuesday on ways to reduce sexual assault in the military. Despite agreement that sexual assault is a problem, the military is struggling to find the most effective way of dealing with the problem. Congress wants to see more offenders go to jail or at least get kicked out of the service. But in fact there's little evidence that strategy will actually reduce the number of assaults.
The House Appropriations subcommittee on Monday heard from the new acting director of the IRS. It was the first of three hearings this week looking into controversies at the agency involving spending on conferences and the targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
Zynga, the social game maker behind the popular FarmVille franchise, is struggling. It was late getting into the mobile phone market as gamers moved away from computers. It plans to layoff 18 percent of its workforce by the end of summer.
President Obama on Tuesday will name three new judges at once to the federal appeals bench in the District of Columbia, which is sometimes called the little Supreme Court. The nominations are expected to test a logjam that has held up Obama appointees in the Senate.
A divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that it's constitutional for police to take DNA swabs from suspects who are arrested but not yet convicted of a crime. The court compared such DNA sampling to fingerprinting when a suspect is booked.
Lawyers for Apple will be back in court again Tuesday defending the company against government charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. All the major publishing houses settled months ago with the Justice Department. In opening statements, Apple's lawyer said the company won't settle because it did nothing wrong.
When 13-year-old Andrew Pawelczyk's cymbal went flying during a junior high band's playing of the national anthem, he thought for a moment about what to do. Then he turned to the flag. Now the video of his salute is going viral.
A scientist who studies tornadoes says there's still much to be learned about how they form and how to better forecast them. Still, the storm chasing and research communities will be reevaluating their procedures in the wake of three colleagues' deaths.
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