As part of our Here, There series, we're taking a look at gun ownership and crime in other countries. In Switzerland, guns are readily available. Recreational shooting and shooting clubs are popular among Swiss men.
If an accidental explosion killed nearly 1,400 people anywhere else in the world, it would be front-page international news. But when a munitions depot exploded earlier this month in Turkmenistan, the news barely made it past a few blogs. The repressive government claims only 15 to 20 people died.
It appears that a three-week hunger strike by prisoners in California has ended. Officials with the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say inmates have started eating again after some of their demands were met.
Look out, Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn is joining the social media revolution.Acccording to the Associated Press, the governor’s office has launched an official Twitter feed and Flickr photo page, which they say the governor will use to get feedback from people around the state.
When it comes to government, size does seem to matter. But according to some, bigger is definitely not better. Come campaign time as the rhetoric heats up, the calls to end big government grow louder. It’s an equal opportunity message – Americans have heard it from Bill Clinton and George W.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining the chorus of voices opposed to House Bill 14. The bill proposes upgrading state utilities to create a so-called "smart grid."Power companies claim modernizing will protect against outages and save consumers money down the line.
When the Libyan rebels went to look for someone to run their war economy, they went to an unlikely source: An economics teacher at the University of Washington.Ali Tarhouni fled Libya 40 years ago after speaking out against Moammar Gadhafi.
Standard & Poor's, a big ratings agency, is getting nervous about the United States' ability to pay its debt.The agency lowered its outlook for the U.S. to negative this morning. That's essentially a warning.It means that the U.S. is still a super-safe country to lend money to, in S&P's view.