• Nuclear watchdogs are fighting a proposal to ship tons of plutonium to New Mexico, including the cores of nuclear warheads that would be dismantled at an aging and structurally questionable lab atop an earthquake fault zone.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT
  • The New York Police Department's secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT
  • Dale Kempf relaxes with a book at a Red Cross evacuation center in Redding, Calif., Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Kemp was forced to flee his home in Manton, Saturday due to the Ponderosa Fire. Residents of the small towns, of Manton, Viola and Shingletown were forced to evacuate as flames from the fire neared. The fire, that started Saturday, has destroyed seven homes, burned 23 square miles and is only 5 percent contained.

    Aided by a shift in wind direction, firefighters made a stand against a huge lightning-sparked wildfire burning on the edge of three small Northern California towns.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT
  • In this photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, accused Sept. 11 co-conspirator Walid bin Attash is shown while attending his military hearing at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Saturday, May 5, 2012.

    Al Qaeda suspects who were subjected to so-called harsh interrogation techniques, and the lawyers charged with defending them at the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals, are not allowed to talk about the treatment they consider torture.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 4:04 AM EDT
  • Hundreds of illegal immigrants counting on the DREAM Act passing wait in line to get a passport or any other kind of assistance outside the Mexican Consulate, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Houston. Illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Department of Homeland Security starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get a work permit.

    The Homeland Security Department started accepting applications to allow illegal immigrants avoid deportation and get work permits.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT