Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, who's challenging Democrat Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat, said it's "rare" for women to become pregnant when they are raped. The Romney campaign distanced itself from the remarks.
America's rate of teen pregnancies is the highest in the developed world. The good news is that the rate is declining dramatically, but it takes more than talking about sex and contraception to keep the numbers falling.
The nation's farmers are especially hard hit by this summer's record heat. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared nearly 1,700 counties disaster areas this week. Some farmers offer their insight on how they are faring in the drought and under the farm bill.
Actors in period garb are the usual denizens of the Strawbery Banke Museum campus in Portsmouth, N.H., which spans 250 years of history. To make ends meet, though, the museum has lured more modern dwellers — renters for the upper levels of its historic homes.
The city has approved its first aerial spraying in 45 years to combat an outbreak of West Nile virus. Over the years, the chemicals used for aerial spraying have become much safer for everything and everyone involved — save the mosquitoes.
Mitt Romney's campaign hoped to close the book on tax questions when running mate Paul Ryan released two years of tax returns. Not quite. In reality, the differences between Romney and Ryan's taxes helps propel the debate further.
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