The site a party chooses for its convention can say something about the kind of country it wants to build. And when Democrats select where they expect to host Hillary Clinton's coronation in 2016, they should go to Columbus, Ohio, to show what American cities might yet become. In terms of jobs, urban renewal and a great location at the center of an urbanized state, Columbus has much to recommend it...
Obama to free 8 nonviolent drug offenders
President Barack Obama will shorten the sentences of eight prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug crimes and pardon 12 ex-convicts, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
U.S. Cuba Timeline
President Obama announced that the United States will start to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba as American Alan Gross is returned to the US after five years as a Cuban prisoner.
The Cuban spy at the center of the Obama-Castro deal
On Wednesday, the ringleader of La Red Avispa — a group of Cuban undercover agents who sneaked into South Florida in the 1990s and were arrested by the FBI for spying for Fidel Castro's government — and two of his associates were released from U.S. prisons and returned home as national heroes. The release is part of a deal between Cuba and the U.S. that is already provoking a storm of controversy...
Detroit bouncing back from bankruptcy
It was the city on the verge of collapse, perhaps the ultimate example of how a one-time metropolis turned into a sad memory. For the past four decades or so, Detroit, once a mecca for immigrants and the heart of America's industrial revolution, not to mention pop culture, turned into a virtual ghost town. Businesses shut their doors and residents fled by the masses, from a peak of 1.8 million to just under 700,000 today...
Photos of the day - December 19, 2014
Three of the newly born cheetah quadruplets rest at their enclosure in Prague's zoo, Czech Republic, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The four cubs we're born on Nov. 21, 2014. Scientists say every cheetah cub is critical to saving the species, which is threatened with extinction in the wild. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Barbara Scrivner's long journey to clemency
Twenty years into her three-decade sentence for selling small amounts of meth, President Barack Obama had decided to let Scrivner out of prison, her lawyer told her in a brief and emotional phone call. She started to cry.
This boulder in the Swiss Alps is actually a tiny, hidden home
There's a tiny home located way up in the Swiss Alps that you have to see to believe. The studio house, dubbed Antoine, was designed by Bureau A, an architectural design firm. The concept came from the work of renowned Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, who died in 1947. In his novel ‚ÄúDerborence,‚ÄĚ the main character, Antoine, lives through a landslide and survives seven weeks under the rocks of the Alpine valley...
Falling Oil Prices
The holiday season is upon us, and for many Americans that means - road trip! But if you're bracing for the pain at the pump you've gotten used to over the past few years, think again. Oil prices are the lowest they've been in years, and gas prices have plummeted along with them, hovering at about $2.54 a gallon across the United States. That means this year, it's about 21 percent cheaper to drive to Grandma's house...