The budget cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 were designed to be so draconian that they would force a long-term deal to trim the federal deficit. Scott Horsley talks to Robert Siegel about what budget cuts are likely to remain or be added in a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the Secretary of State job on Thursday. President Obama accepted her withdrawal and says she will continue in her role as U.N. ambassador.
The accusations against HSBC were harsh — that the bank laundered money for Mexican drug cartels and conducted transactions on behalf of Iran and other states tied to terrorism. So, why did federal authorities fine HSBC rather than pursue criminal charges?
When most drivers get a ticket from a speed-zone camera, there's simply pay the fine. After all, the ticket often includes photographic proof that their car was over the limit. But a Maryland driver is fighting a $40 fine, citing speed-cam photos that show his car, sitting motionless.
The United States is facing its worst drought since the 1950s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With little to no signs of relief on the horizon, many analysts expect conditions to worsen well into next year.
Kristina Green knew she couldn't trump her next door neighbor's elaborate Christmas light display. The neighbor's house is covered with 16,000 lights. Green's display features 900 lights spelling out the word "DITTO" with an arrow pointing next door.
In 2013 and 2014, there will be a number of substantial realignments in the NCAA conferences. Some believe that the realignment process will ultimately result in the creation of four "super conferences." NPR's Mike Pesca talks about how conference shifts could effect the future of college athletics.
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