Star Linebacker Manti Te'o's play gained national attention. His achievements were particularly noteworthy because his last year of play was marred by the deaths of his grandmother and of his girlfriend. Now it appears the girlfriend didn't exist.
The Federal Reserve has released its latest snapshot of the state of the U.S. economy. Retail and auto sales were up slightly over the year before — as was activity in the housing sector. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about housing's recovery.
Most of the world's 787 jetliners are not flying. The Federal Aviation Administration announced late Wednesday it was grounding the U.S. fleet of Boeing's flagship airliner until it's confident the planes are safe. As expected, other countries then grounded their airplanes too.
President Obama has signed into law 23 executive orders allowing federal agencies to strengthen the existing background check system and improve the tracking of stolen guns. But the big items like universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines will need congressional action.
President Obama's gun control proposals pit the White House against the gun industry and its powerful lobbying groups. Some of the proposals — especially a ban on assault weapons — could take a bite out of gun makers' revenue.
Federal authorities in New York have charged 32 people with using threats of violence to control garbage pickup routes in New York City and its suburbs. Officials say many of the suspects have ties to organized crime.
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