Ever wonder what makes something funny? E.B. White once wrote that "humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind." A look at an explanation behind the punch line.
Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir briefs the media about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on May 5. Bashir said that the accusations that Pakistan's intelligence agency colludes with al-Qaida are false and cannot be substantiated.
Across the South, crews are clearing debris and starting the rebuilding process after last week's deadly tornadoes. Early estimates put the amount of insured damage at up to $5 billion across the region, but that doesn't include all of the uninsured damage, which could be extensive.
For Robert Jamison, his house in the Smithfield Estates neighborhood of North Birmingham has been wiped out.
As President Obama visited Ground Zero Thursday, accompanied by former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani, the ceremony offered some reminders of the feelings of unity that swept the nation after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, nearly 10 years ago.
The feelings then were so strong that it became an instant cliche — the notion that "9/11 changed everything." It has been expounded by countless pundits and politicians, as well as forming the basis of everything from the title of academic papers to jokes on the raunchy cartoon show "Family Guy."
As President Obama tries to refocus on domestic issues, he confronts yet another enemy that's been difficult to eliminate: the laggard economy.
On Friday, he's expected to receive bad news with the Labor Department's release of the April employment report, which analysts forecast will show a decline in job growth after months of incremental gains and an unemployment rate holding steady at 8.8 percent.