Trying to keep the pressure on congressional Republicans to make good on their promise to deliver deep federal spending cuts, members of the Tea Party movement rallied in the early Spring rain outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday.
The rally of a few hundred people, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, came against the backdrop of negotiations on a spending agreement for the rest of the fiscal year between House Republicans on one side and Senate Democrats and the Obama White House on the other.
Fighters pushing to install Ivory Coast's democratically elected president began a siege of a main city Thursday as the country's top military commander apparently abandoned his post.
The apparent defection of Gen. Philippe Mangou represents another serious blow to embattled former leader Laurent Gbagbo, who has clung to power since losing November's presidential elections to Alassane Ouattara.
The national birth rate fell 4 percent between 2007 and 2009 — more than it had in any two-year period in the past 30 years. With a national average of 66.7 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44, nearly every demographic group had lower birth rates, with the sole exception being women over 40.
By age, the largest decline was 9 percent, among women between 20 and 24. Fertility rates among Hispanic women also dropped by 9 percent.
One of America's most successful charter-school networks receives more government money than it has previously admitted — and it's also not as successful as it has stated, according to a new study.
Researchers say that schools in the Knowledge Is Power Program have a much higher attrition rate than in the school systems from which they draw their students — especially among African-American children.
Here's part of a Newscast report filed by Claudio Sanchez: