The annual North Korean springtime display of braggadocio and brinksmanship is so predictable you can practically set your iCalendar to auto-renew. But this year, things could well be different, and events could spiral out of control quickly, and fatally.
Wind gusts near hurricane strength shoved the 900-foot Carnival Triumph free from its mooring in downtown Mobile, Ala., where the ship was brought in a five-day ordeal that began when an engine fire stranded it off of Mexico in February. Hours later, four tug boats used several mooring lines to secure the ship to the cruise terminal.
President Obama on Wednesday visited Colorado -- the site of a recent mass shooting and home to new firearms regulations -- to rally public support for his gun-control legislation, ahead of full Senate votes expected next week and amid Republican opposition.
The murders of two prosecutors in Kaufman County, Texas, apparently has prompted a federal prosecutor to withdraw from a major racketeering case in Houston, the latest sign that attacks on lawmen are having a chilling effect on the judicial system.