Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation's midsection Thursday, causing whiteout conditions, making major roadways all but impassable and shutting down schools and state legislatures.
One journalist went to Yemen to see the U.S. drone program for herself. Alaska's Native villages are faced with imminent threats due to climate change. One Winnetka resident gave her life to improve education in Pakistan. Her family continues her mission.
Naturalist Doug Tallamy says our lawns could support a "home-grown national park." Most gardeners don't think of bugs unless it's how to kill them, he said, but insects are crucial to restoring native ecosystems.