Egyptian anti-government activists pelted police with firebombs and rocks in a second day of clashes Wednesday in defiance of an official ban on any protests. Beefed up police forces on the streets quickly moved in and used tear gas, beatings and live ammunition fired in the air to disperse any demonstrations.
The State of the Union speech Tuesday night stirred up a lot of talk about the growing federal deficit and how it may weigh on America's future.
But the nation is already paying a price for a health debt of sorts. Americans' passion for smoking decades ago is cutting lives short now, according to a report from the National Research Council released Tuesday.