Today's Five Best Columns
I want to receive updates from partners and sponsors.
Dec 18, 2013 12:15PM ET
Over 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, but the "How?" and "Why?" of those celebrations aren't quite as clear-cut as the "War on Christmas" brigades would have you believe.
Dec 18, 2013 11:08AM ET
Three of the top 10 "Best Performing Cities" index and seven of the top 25 are in Texas, while Colorado and California have four each in the top 25. Interestingly, not a single metro east of the Mississippi River made it into the top 10.
Dec 18, 2013 9:40AM ET
A confirmation hearing for Obama's nominee for CIA's general counsel quickly turned into an argument over the declassification of documents detailing the agency's controversial interrogation techniques.
Dec 18, 2013 7:58AM ET
Two winning Mega Millions lottery tickets were sold last night, granting an approximated $318 million over time, or $170 million in a lump cash sum after taxes to each of the lucky duo.
Dec 18, 2013 12:57AM ET
A Russian national captured fighting with the Taliban is being considered for a military trial in the United States
Dec 17, 2013 10:13PM ET
It seems that Carmen Sandiego (or Bart Simpson) is alive and well in Tucson, Arizona: someone stole a life-size bronze bust of JFK from its El Presidio Park yesterday.
Dec 17, 2013 8:47PM ET
Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old whose "affluenza" defense got him the amazingly light sentence of just 10 years probation for killing four people in a drunk driving accident, may go to jail yet.
Dec 17, 2013 8:00PM ET
Over twelve years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one of the last lawsuits against the airline industry has been settled: Cantor Fitzgerald, a prominent Wall Street firm, will get $135 million from American Airlines.
Dec 17, 2013 6:47PM ET
A gunman reportedly opened fire at a medical building on the campus of a Reno, Nevada hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Dec 17, 2013 6:16PM ET
Federal prosecutors have a Harvard student over yesterday's bomb threats that cancelled the semester's first morning of exams.
Dec 17, 2013 1:18PM ET
Harold Camping, the radio preacher who first predicted the end of the world in September 1994, and kept on doing it until October, 2011, died on Sunday from injuries suffered after a fall.
Dec 17, 2013 9:03AM ET
The bombing of the Boston Marathon this spring was a terrible ordeal for the city and the survivors, but at least one heartwarming story has emerged from the carnage.
Dec 17, 2013 7:46AM ET
Vindicated by yesterday's court decision that NSA collection of metadata likely violates the Constitution, Snowden has penned an open letter to the Brazilian government offering to help them combat U.S. spying in exchange for asylum.
Dec 17, 2013 3:30AM ET
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced on Monday that it will stop paying doctors to promote its drugs, and that it will stop tying sales representatives' compensation to the number of prescriptions a doctor writes.
Dec 17, 2013 1:13AM ET
Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is moving to New Hampshire for unspecified reasons, but, haha come on, it's pretty clear that he's going to run again.
Dec 17, 2013 12:28AM ET
A school board in Jacksonville, Fla. has voted unanimously to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High School after the community decided that having a school named after a former KK Grand Wizard was not a great look.
Dec 16, 2013 11:41PM ET
John C. Beale, once the Environmental Protection Agency's highest-paid employee, went to great lengths to avoid doing his job as a senior policy advisor. On Wednesday, he'll find out how much time he'll have to serve in jail for it.
Dec 16, 2013 4:34PM ET
Illinois's new gay marriage law doesn't go into effect until June, but some same-sex couples in the state won't have to wait that long.
Dec 16, 2013 1:50PM ET
The FDA proposed a rule today that would require manufacturers to prove that antibacterial soaps are safe for long-term daily use. Because right now, they probably aren't.
Dec 16, 2013 12:10PM ET
A brain autopsy of former baseball player Ryan Freel showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalitis (CTE), making him the first Major League Baseball player to receive the diagnosis that is more closely associated with the brutal sport of football.
Dec 16, 2013 10:15AM ET
Shortly after Sunday night's episode of 60 Minutes aired, Page Six's Richard Johnson reported that John Miller was leaving the network to rejoin the NYPD.
Dec 16, 2013 10:03AM ET
Following unconfirmed reports of explosives at four central buildings on the Harvard campus, the school was forced to cancel the morning's exams.
Dec 15, 2013 9:56PM ET
Granted "unprecedented access" to the NSA, 60 Minutes paints the rosiest possible picture of what the beleaguered agency does.
Dec 15, 2013 3:45PM ET
Good news, it seems, for NSA leaker Edward Snowden: A man expected to take over soon as the NSA's top civilian says amnesty is something "worth having a conversation about."
Dec 15, 2013 12:09PM ET
A five-month investigation by The Boston Globe has provided new insight into the history and character of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings in April this year, including suggestions that Tamerlan was dealing with mental illness.
Dec 15, 2013 9:12AM ET
Rather than court controversy ahead of a re-election run, the Obama administration delayed work on environmental and health-related policies, according to The Washington Post.
Dec 15, 2013 8:24AM ET
We hate Santacon, we hate Santacon, right down to its Santacon lane, which in New York wound its way through the East Village and the Lower East Side before ending in Brooklyn and, invariably, vomit.
Dec 14, 2013 2:50PM ET
By now we know the National Security Agency watches nearly everything on the Internet, with a few exceptions. But apparently Edward Snowden was able to steal the information he did because the NSA failed to monitor its internal networks.
Dec 14, 2013 12:43PM ET
In the months following the Newtown elementary school shootings — one year ago today — hundreds of thousands of letters made their way to the grieving town.
Dec 14, 2013 10:02AM ET
In what sounds like a high-stakes game of naval chicken, an American missile cruiser narrowly dodged China's first-ever aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.