At least two terrorist attacks, including a plot against the New York Stock Exchange, were thwarted thanks to government surveillance programs, U.S. officials said at an Intelligence Committee meeting Tuesday. The government has been trying to reframe the conversation around the programs after their existence was made public by Edward Snowden.
The United States government has begun a criminal investigation in response to data program leaker Edward Snowden's actions. While President Barack Obama declined to address Snowden specifically, in a national TV interview Monday night, he mounted a spirited defense of the NSA surveillance program at large.
African Americans took the biggest hit in employment numbers after the recession and have seen the numbers recover more slowly. In response, governments at different levels have taken a series of steps to help address the problem -- including some issuing a prohibition on asking about prior criminal convictions on job applications.
It's been more than a year since the controversial death of Trayvon Martin, shot at night after an altercation with community watchman George Zimmerman. The case, which captured public attention for months, began jury selection on Monday.
Racist. Costly. A failure. That is what some are calling the "War on Marijuana" in the United States. With a $3.6 billion price tag, enforcement is costly but, with black people being arrested at four times the rate of whites, is it racist?
Mexico has a problem with people disappearing. Tens of thousands of people went missing during the term of President Felipe Calderone. Now, the new president has pledged to help families get resolution -- but his new unit designed to do just that is off to a slow start, if it's a start at all.
Violent crime is down in Philadelphia, but officer-involved shootings are up. That dichotomy, and the number of officer-involved shootings this year, has led the Philadelphia police commissioner to call on the Federal Department of Justice to review the department's policies and training on use of force.
Spain has a history of violent terrorist attacks, including an assault on a Madrid train station in 2004 that took investigators weeks to unravel. But fast forward to today and Spain has invested millions of dollars in high-tech tools, including a massive video surveillance system, to monitor, and hopefully prevent, such violent incidents.
When it comes time to review surveillance video, the biggest obstacle can be the amount of time it takes. But an Israeli computer scientist may have a break-through, discovered only because he wanted to help his students watch home movies faster.
Israel has tight gun laws already -- so tight that just two percent of the population owns firearms. In the wake of a shooting at a bank, government officials are moving to ratchet up the restrictions, but they're running into resistance that would be familiar to Americans.