President Obama has asked Congress for the authority to attack, citing evidence that Syria's government used chemical weapons against its own people. Planners must tailor strikes that are not too aggressive to satisfy legislators who don't want the Syria crisis to escalate. But they must develop plans that would be robust enough to make a difference in the war to satisfy others.
Millions of Syrians have poured into refugee camps, where food, water and health services are scarce. As the U.S. prepares for possible military action, aid agencies are preparing for thousands more people to flee and worsen the humanitarian crisis.
China runs the largest censorship machine in human history, researchers say. But Harvard studies of Internet postings in China suggest that even vitriolic criticisms of leaders and state policies are not what officials want to censor.
Few writers loom larger in the literary world than the late J.D. Salinger, whose The Catcher in the Rye has sold more than 60 million copies. Salinger spent the first part of his life lusting after literary success and the rest of it recoiling in horror at the consequences of his passion.
A new faith-based boys group is taking shape, just three months after the Boy Scouts of America decided to change its membership policy to allow gay youth to join. The group, dubbed Trail Life USA, calls itself a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts, and says it will focus on adventure, character and leadership.
Trillions of microbes live on and in the human body, tucked into very different ecosystems. Some like the dark, warm confines of the mouth. Others prefer the desert-dry skin of the forearm. The biggest and most active collection of microbes hang out in the gut.
Neiman Marcus is reported to be in a deal to be sold for $6 billion. Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are the joint interested parties looking to make the deal, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Opening statements in the court case FCC vs. Verizon begin Monday. This case could determine the FCC's legal ability to enforce the principle known as net neutrality. At issue is whether the federal government may block Internet service providers from slowing or blocking certain online content.
Fans of the soap opera One Life to Live are worried their beloved show is going away for good. It left network TV last year for the Internet. A legal dispute has shut down production all together, and it might not restart.
More than 400 people have bid on a rare Pokemon card on eBay with a "buy it now" price of $100,000. The limited edition card is one of six in circulation. It was originally created as a prize for those who won a Pokemon Card Game Illustration contest.
As the White House begins a major public and private effort to rally support for U.S. military action in Syria, Steve Inskeep talks to Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She is one of the architects of the White House policy on Syria.
As the deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan approaches, Afghans have taken over the lead combat role in places like restive Helmand province. But U.S. forces are still engaged in major training efforts to make sure the Afghan-led security is sustainable.
The White House is pursuing a major effort to persuade members of Congress to support a military strike in Syria. Estimates show the number of House members publicly against a strike near an outright majority. Renee Montagne talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma who is opposed to military action.
When Congress left on its August break five weeks ago, members knew they had a string of fiscal deadlines coming up upon their return — from the budget bill funding the government to a debt ceiling increase. The Syria debate has overshadowed all of that.
The German government sponsored the concert and chose as the venue Srinagar, Kashmir. That's the disputed territory in the Himalayas over which India and Pakistan have twice gone to war. Indian-controlled Kashmir has been torn by internal conflict as well for two decades as separatists fought to expel Indian forces.
Michael Turner wanted to propose to Jamie Story before he was deployed so he invited her to dinner in Virginia Beach, Va. According to the Virginian-Pilot, that's when the flash mob appeared. Turner arranged for 50 dancers to do synchronized steps on the street as he proposed. She said, "Yes."
An English village is getting an accidental tourism boost thanks to the hit British TV show Downton Abbey. The show is set in a location that's fictional but that hasn't stopped American tourists from swarming Downton, England.