There have been nearly 1,200 tornadoes in the U.S. so far this year. That's nearly twice the usual number of twisters, and it comes as something of a surprise to the scientists who study them. It turns out there is still no good way to predict tornado outbreaks more than a couple of days ahead of time.
Every year, government meteorologists tell the public about how many hurricanes to expect during the Atlantic season. But the government doesn't do that with tornadoes.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has affirmed a controversial prison release order that mandates California reduce its prison population by thousands. California's prisons have long been plagued with severe overcrowding, which has resulted in inadequate health care.
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan resolution expressing support for military action in Libya.
As we reported Friday, the military operation in Libya reached a crucial deadline: According to the War Powers Resolution of 1973, after 60 days, President Barack Obama's administration needed to either get Congressional approval for the mission or stop all involvement within 30 days.
Cities like Charlotte, N.C., are moving to improve roadways for pedestrians and cyclists. Above, a street project on Rozzelles Ferry Road, which now has bike lanes and extended sidewalks. Below, an aerial photo of the intersection before work began.
Credit National Complete Streets Coalition
America is aging — a fact that advocates are pushing Congress to consider as it takes up a new transportation bill. Their goal is more safety for older Americans, on both roads and sidewalks.
Pedestrians and cyclists are already far more likely to be hit by cars in the United States than those in some European cities. Add to that the coming tide of older Americans who use walking canes and wheelchairs, and some warn that a road safety crisis looms.