Texans who live in the border area say security in the region is tight enough. They don't want a bigger fence, or a wall, and they say they've got enough drones and helicopters. And local police point to statistics that show their crime rate is far below big Texas cities. But is the border safe enough?
Highly flammable and explosive crude oil from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota is shipped by rail, much of it by BNSF Railways. An investigation by Oregon Public Broadcasting unearthed charges that the railroad carrier mishandles safety issues for its trains.
The World's Mary Kay Magistad has details on Condoleeza Rice's visit to China, as today the Secretary of State urged China to use its influence to get North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
Colorado and Washington voted Tuesday to legalize marijuana for recreational use. That move might eventually cut into the profits of Mexican drug cartels, says Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Drug Policy Research Center at the Rand Corporation.
The Sept. 11 terrorist attack was a wake-up call for cities across the country -- they needed to be ready for terrorism. By all indications thus far, the response of Boston police and fire officials is an example of how far cities have come in preparing for terrorism-inflicted disasters.