Jay Devereaux hadn't paid much attention to the daily drumbeat of partisan politics in D.C. He wasn't a Washington nerd, didn't know who said what during congressional hearings nor did he care. But when news broke that the government was using taxpayer money to bail out big Wall Street banks, he started paying attention and didn't like what he was hearing.
The murder of a North Dakota man has authorities investigating whether other recent missing persons cases are connected or the work of separate criminals who've descended on the area known as the Bakken Shelf region, where new discoveries of oil and natural gas have drawn thousands of transient newcomers and strained the resources of police.
In a hearing that escalated into a boisterous public shaming of one of the country's most-feared government agencies, lawmakers took turns Friday calling outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller on the carpet for his department's scandalous practice of targeting conservative groups.
The Powerball jackpot jumped to $550 million on Thursday -- the third largest lottery in history -- as dreamers in all but the seven states where the game isn't played snatched up tickets for the minuscule chance at a life on easy street.