Recent U.S. cables leaked by the WikiLeaks website show al-Qaida gaining a foothold in the Sahel, a lawless region in the Sahara desert, straddling the African nations of Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Algeria.
The new Republican-led House will lead a movement to ban earmarks in the next Congress. But while projects like Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere" have given earmarks a bad rap, some earmarks fill a vital need.Case in point?
This year ended with a flurry of terrorism sting operations. A young Somali-American in Oregon was arrested after he allegedly tried to ignite a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.
Loosely organized, internet boycotts of airport body scans could slow down travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday.The National Opt-Out Day protest is scheduled for Wednesday, which is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year.