A potato gun is a WMD. At least, the strict, plain-English definition of a weapon of mass destruction would include the old-fashioned potato gun. Through changes over the years, the definition of a WMD has been broadened -- and now prosecutors have all the power when it comes to charging people.
A bill that would ban abortions for women more than 20 weeks pregnant and could close down all but five abortion clinics in Texas was defeated Tuesday after a nearly 13-hour filibuster from State Senator Wendy Davis. Though she may have only delayed the inevitable, it brought her support from many around the country.
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.
The United States still says Syrian government use of chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war would represent crossing a red line -- but at the moment the United States in unsure whether that line has been crossed. That's the latest after President Barack Obama spoke the media Tuesday.
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.
A federal judge handed a victory to women's health advocates, saying that the federal government erred when it overruled a panel of scientists who recommended that Plan B One-Step be made available to women of all ages. He gave the government 30 days to change its policies.
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.
@ -- that little symbol that has come to define the digital age -- is permanently enshrined in New York City's Museum of Modern Art. But lest you think this symbol is purely a creation of the digital age, it goes back much farther. In fact, the symbol's first recorded use was by monks in the sixth or seventh century.
A dozen or more people were injured, at least one fatally, according to initial reports, when a Salvation Army store in central Philadelphia collapsed Wednesday morning. The search will continue for the next 12 to 24 hours, officials said at a press conference.
Carlos Arredondo's story is a sad one. Lost one son in Iraq, lost another son to suicide. On Monday he was at the Boston Marathon, supporting people running in honor of his sons. When the bombs struck, though, he rushed to help the wounded and became iconic for helping a man who lost both his legs, but survived.