A U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica on Sunday to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard two icebreakers trapped in pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge, officials said.
Texas, the nation's top cattle-producing state, lost 15 percent of its animals during a two-year drought as ranchers sold them to out-of-state buyers or sent them to slaughter. That dropped the size of the United States' overall herd to its lowest since the 1950s.
An unusual alliance of Tea Party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress is pursuing major changes in the country's mandatory sentencing laws amid growing concerns about both the fairness of the sentences and the expense of running federal prisons.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that President Obama has lost leverage with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and thus holds no power to stop recent violence and bloodshed in that country.