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Colorado governor signs landmark gun-control bills

John Hickenlooper - NBC News

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed landmark new gun laws on Wednesday expanding background checks on gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, placing the traditionally firearm-friendly state among the handful to pass new restrictions in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn.


Space shuttle Endeavour takes to California skies


Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at the Los Angeles International Airport Friday after a whirlwind aerial tour around California landmarks. Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the pair touched down around 1 p.m. after a nearly five-hour flyover. One of the crew members stuck an American flag out of the hatch of the jet. The flyover took Endeavour over the state Capitol, Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood Sign and other icons en route to the Los Angeles airport, where the shuttle will be prepped for a slow-speed journey to its museum home next month.


FDA panel backs first pill to block HIV infection

HIV Drug

The first drug shown to prevent HIV infection won the endorsement of a panel of federal advisers Thursday, clearing the way for a landmark approval in the 30-year fight against the virus that causes AIDS....


Myanmar's Suu Kyi poised to win parliamentary seat

Myanmar Elections

Myanmar held a landmark election Sunday that was expected to send democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi into parliament for her first public office since launching her decades-long struggle against the military-dominated government.


Government asks judge to approve landmark settlement over banks’ foreclosure practices

Foreclosure Settlement

Government officials on Monday asked a federal judge to approve a landmark settlement with some of the nation’s largest banks over flawed and fraudulent foreclosure practices, more than a month after they announced the $26 billion deal with fanfare at the Justice Department.


Climate conference approves landmark deal

A U.N. climate conference reached a hard-fought agreement Sunday on a far-reaching program meant to set a new course for the global fight against climate change.


Egyptians Await Poll Results; Islamists Claim Lead

Egyptian voters are awaiting results of the first stage of landmark parliamentary elections to be released Thursday, a day later than originally planned. The Freedom and Justice Party, a front for Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood, said the bloc was in the lead following largely peaceful voting on Monday and Tuesday. But the party faces new competition from the al-Nur Party, an ultra-conservative group whose members follow the strict Salafi brand of Islam, as well as from a host of smaller parties.


Tunisia ready for 'Arab Spring' election

Barely hours after polls opened in Tunisia's landmark elections, the line of voters waiting to enter a polling station in the capital's upscale Menzah neighborhood stretched around the block and out of sight.


Winds force suspension of Washington Monument work for today

Winds force suspension of Washington Monument work for today

As wind gusts continue to blow through the overcast Washington area, the National Park Service has announced it is suspending assessments of ...


Airborne terror attack on Pentagon alleged

A Massachusetts man whose elaborate plan to attack Washington landmarks was foiled by federal officials, had been under FBI surveillance constantly and never posed a danger to the public, officials say.


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