Charles Foster Jr., 24, died on New Year's Day in Columbus, Ga., just one of tens of thousands of Americans who will be killed by a firearm this year. While mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn., attract a frenzy of media coverage, most gun homicides, like Foster's, garner little news attention.
What if a gun could only be fired by its rightful owner? What if it recognized a grip or fingerprint, or communicated with a special ring? It's been a fantasy for years, and in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, so-called smart gun technology is back in the spotlight.
President Obama has nominated Thomas Perez to lead the Labor Department. Perez currently heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, which was recently the subject of a harsh internal review.
The Wall Street Journal's China bureau was the subject of a Department of Justice inquiry into allegations that the bureau had been bribing Chinese officials in exchange for information. Investigation by the parent company turned up no evidence to uphold the claim.
The market for locally-grown food has seen dramatic growth over the last decade. Despite this boost in sales and popularity, evidence suggests that the economics behind the movement still don't favor the farmer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has new programs to try to prop up small-scale operations, but many local farms only survive because they scrape by on below-market wages, or by doing without things like insurance. Many economists say despite the charm of local food, there are relatively few benefits in terms of energy efficiency, quality or cost. They say that we shouldn't knock our system of region specialization and distribution, and that farmers markets, fun though they are, are not good economic models.
After failing to take the presidency or U.S. Senate in 2012 and losing House seats, Republicans launched the "Growth and Opportunity Project" to understand what went wrong. Party Chairman Reince Priebus and others toured the country and released a report with recommendations on Monday.
The court heard arguments Monday in a case that seeks to redefine a federal law aimed at streamlining the nation's voter registration process. At issue is an Arizona requirement that prospective voters prove their citizenship.
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