Ethiopia is mourning the death of prime minister Meles Zenawi. He ruled the west African nation for two decades. His administration was one of America's staunchest allies in Africa. But now there are concerns that his passing could leave a power vacuum.
Thousands of Middle Eastern refugees resettle in California each year. Many come traumatized by memories of violence and persecution. They struggle with depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder while trying to navigate a new life in a foreign land.
The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women in combat may be a case of regulations catching up to reality. Women have long served in roles where they face the same dangers as front-line combat soldiers.