The struggle between government surveillance and personal privacy has been hotly contested this year. The question is no longer what government is capable of but what it will limit itself to. In Ohio, police conducted 2,600 searches based on previously secret facial recognition technology.
Amish communities live a simple life, and mostly shun modern technology. But in Carroll County, Ohio, many Amish farms sit on top of rich gas shale beds, and most Amish there welcome fracking, and its rewards.
The United States has lost about a third of its manufacturing jobs since 2001, many to foreign competition. To help stem this, the president is touting a national network of regional "manufacturing hubs" based on a German model.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court has a PR problem. Its very existence as a "secret court" has rankled critics, who've demanded greater transparency. James Carr, who served on the court from 2002 to 2008 has offered his own solution to mend the public's confidence in the court.
Islam's holy month of Ramadan has begun this week. It is a time to strengthen the bonds in the community and throughout the world. But reporter Deepak Singh is finding it difficult to call his friend in Pakistan to send him greetings from India.
Like Ohio and Texas, places where Republican majorities are trying to pass anti-abortion legislation, residents of North Carolina are showing up in groups to protest the legislature's actions. The protests, called "Moral Mondays," have been going on for more than ten weeks and have resulted in hundreds of arrests.
America's National Park Service maintain some 84 million acres of land, 4.5 million acres of oceans and lakes and countless miles of rivers and seashores — and it's growing. This summer, three monuments were added to the National Park Service and two more were put under the care of the Bureau of Land Management.
Environmentalists and educators in Oberlin, Ohio, have teamed up to give the community's residents a detailed look at how they use energy and impact the environment. So far, an environmental studies instructor says, adoption has been strong.
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?
A grand jury in Ohio will consider additional charged in connection with the rape of a teenage girl, specifically considering whether charges shoud be filed against people who failed to report what happened. Among those who could be called are 16 people who refused to be interviewed about the case and Steubenville's football coach.