Leon Panetta has been defense secretary for just over two months, and the challenges are already mounting. The biggest of all: figuring out how to keep America safe and keep putting pressure on al-Qaida â€” all for less money.
The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak continued in Cairo Wednesday. Witnesses for the prosecution failed to connect Mubarak or his interior minister to the fatal shootings during protests that led to Mubarak's ouster.
He was an unlikely star â€” a rather plain-looking, geeky 20-something in thick-framed glasses. But with hits like "That'll Be the Day," "Rave On" and "Peggy Sue," Buddy Holly became a rockabilly icon. He was a pioneer.
Abdulaziz Al Rabah remembers it was a Tuesday. The call to evening prayer was echoing across his hometown of Hafr-al-Batin, Saudi Arabia, and bearded religious police had shooed him and his friends off the neighborhood soccer pitch.
"Have you seen what happened to America?" a wide-eyed friend asked the 13-year-old.
Racing home, Al Rabah joined his mother to watch the satellite television newscasts of America's agony unfolding on Sept. 11, 2001.
"I remember she was sad to see two guys jumping to the ground," he recalled.
Toyota no longer plans to import any Camrys from Japan for sale in the United States, ending a diminishing practice that had dwindled to just a few thousand last year. The announcement from the automaker came in conjunction with the launch of the latest generation of the sedan in Japan on Monday. The vehicle launched last month in the United States, where it is far and away more popular and has been the top-selling car for 13 of the past 14 years.
Another day in the hunt for Libya's deposed leader and another report from the rebels that they have him surrounded.
This time, Anis Sharif, the spokesman for Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the leader of one of the largest rebel militias in the country, told the AP the rebels had positioned themselves around an undisclosed location where they said Moammar Gadhafi was in.
Sharif said a combination of high technology and human intelligence
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center released statistics Tuesday saying that it has a much higher rate of long-term survival for an array of cancers than Kentucky at large â€” and in some cases, higher rates than patients treated nationwide. UK officials, including Dr. Mark Evers, director of the Markey Cancer Center, said that the numbers, collected from 1995 to 2007, are significant because Markey as an academic medical center often treats patients who have advanced or complex cancers.
For most people, the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond is known mainly for its chemical weapons storage facility. But the 15,000-acre military installation is much more than that, and depot commander Col. Brian Rogers is trying to get the word out to communities surrounding the facility about what else goes on behind its guarded fences. While the depot does store chemical weapons, only 5 percent of the 902 storage igloos on the facility contain chemical weapons. And though it is an important part of the depotâ€™s responsibilities, Rogers said, the weapons storage represents a small portion of what occurs at the facility.
The message to incoming students was clear Tuesday night at Western Kentucky Universityâ€™s Freshman Assembly: finish your degree. That theme was brought home by current students, alumni and administrators through the course of the assembly in E.A. Diddle Arena. WKU Provost Gordon Emslie asked students to pledge their commitment to finishing their degree.