This is the season of high holy days: Passover, Pascua, Holy Friday and Easter Sunday. For many Christians, the ritual of this Easter weekend will be punctuated by bursting pink and yellow dresses on little girls, and magnificent hats on their mothers and grandmothers. There will be Easter baskets filled with chocolate eggs and plush bunnies.
One year ago tonight, mine rescuers discovered the remains of the last four missing coal miners deep inside Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.
There had been hope that the four had made it to refuge chambers and were still alive. Optimistic rescuers carried four sets of breathing apparatus with them, hoping they would be used to bring the miners safely to the surface. The bodies of 25 other miners were found four days earlier.
A new highway sign in Lost Springs, Wyo., reveals a demographic shift. Drivers on Route 20 will notice the town's population seems to have quadrupled — from one person to four. Residents told the Casper Star-Tribune that the original sign — reading "POP 1" — was actually inaccurate. When it was put up, there were a full five people living there. So Lost Springs is actually living up to its name.
The Obama administration has decided to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. The decision, announced on Monday by Attorney General Eric Holder, ends more than a year of to-ing and fro-ing over where to try the self-professed Sept. 11 plotter.
While the attorney general said he continued to believe that the case should be tried in federal civilian courts, he said he "reluctantly" came to the conclusion that congressional opposition made that all but impossible.