In the wake of Monday's deadly tornado in Oklahoma City, the media was widely praised for providing timely, accurate information to residents to help them stay safe during the storm. In many cases, the media was represented by the local TV meteorologist, who is on the front line of warning viewers of impending severe weather.
Search and rescuers were combing through the rubble of Moore, Okla., after a devastating tornado "tore the heart out" of the suburban Oklahoma city. At least 24 people were reported dead, with that toll expected to continue to rise as the rescue turns into a recovery.
As the death toll continues to rise in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, a miracle. A woman was pulled alive from the rubble on Friday. But another eight people died in a factory fire on Wednesday. One economist says a small change would make all the difference.
American hospitals don't have deep experience with injuries from explosions in urban areas. When the hospitals were faced with treating hundreds wounded by the Boston Marathon attacks, they could have been overwhelmed. But they weren't, in part because of lessons learned by Israel.
Heavy rains, following a winter with considerable snow, has led to record-breaking floods in parts of the Midwest, and high waters in most of the rest. That flooding puts a heavy load on communities, including the city of Clarksville, which is one of the last Mississippi River communities without a levee.
Over the weekend, runners gathered in Bethlehem to run the city's first-ever marathon. While the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and the Boston Marathon attacks influenced the events, the races went off without any problems.
As the first funerals were held, public memorials to the victims of last week's Boston Marathon explosion continue to grow. They're biggest along Boylston Street -- the street where racers were supposed to finish their marathon, until the terrorist attacks hit.
Last week, 14 people died and 200 people were injured when a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, exploded. This week, the town is coming to terms with its losses -- and trying to figure out what circumstances conspired so it could go so horribly wrong.
Last year, Spain foiled what it said was a terrorist plot to fly gliders into the British enclave of Gibraltar. Two Chechens and a Turk were convicted, but later freed when a judge decided there wasn't enough evidence. Various intelligence agencies reportedly were interested in the incidents, because of the ties to Chechnya.
After this week's attacks around Boston, the common, household pressure cooker has become associated with death, destruction and the Boston Marathon. But this fairly simple pot is a crucial cooking tool around the world. And it's going to need an image makeover.