An explosion set off a series of shootings by a U.S. Marine squad in Haditha in one of the war's more controversial incidents. The military trial starts this week for the squad's leader, the only Marine still facing charges in the killings. Others were acquitted or had the charges against them dropped.
Much has been made of the unusual volatility of the GOP race this year, with candidates taking turns in the front-runner spot in Iowa. But with more outside money and a reliance on social media, the run-up to this election season's Iowa caucuses has been different in other ways as well.
The new year brings an increase in the minimum wage in a number of places around the country, including Washington state, which now boasts the nation's highest statewide rate: $9.04 an hour. But the increase has rekindled an old debate over whether minimum wages make sense — especially at a time of high unemployment.
Seniors who aren't tech savvy can find themselves increasingly isolated, even from their families, as more and more communication moves to the digital realm. Across the country, a number of programs are enlisting high school or college students to train seniors on Facebook, Skype and smartphones.
In 2008, 16-year-old Nga Truong admitted to suffocating her infant son. She spent nearly three years awaiting trial for murder, until a videotape of her interrogation revealed that detectives had manipulated her in order to obtain a confession. Ultimately, that videotape helped set her free.
The R&B singer is back only a few years after pleading guilty to felony assault for beating former girlfriend Rihanna. Views on the issue he brought to the forefront haven't changed much: Many teens find Rihanna at fault. But they're at a high risk of experiencing domestic abuse themselves.
In almost one-third of private home loan modifications, big banks are now slashing what homeowners owe. It's overdue housekeeping for America's economy, says one investor: Banks clear their balance sheets, investors get a predictable stream of income, and homeowners stay homeowners.
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