Stories for December 19, 2012
A Republican Senator has called for a new investigation into one of the federal agents who oversaw the gunwalking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
A economist says access to assault weapons in the United States affects violence in Mexican border towns.
In this hour-long travel special, Rick Steves explores the "Eternal City" of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture and centuries of history. Rick traces the rise and fall of classical Rome, meanders through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome and makes a pilgrimage to the Vatican. Then, he uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods filled with character and energy, enjoys a Roman feast, and mixes and mingles with the locals during an early-evening stroll through the city's romantic nightspots.
When a human tragedy occurs on the scale of the Newtown shootings, clergy are invariably asked an ancient question: If God is all-knowing, all-powerful and benevolent, why does he allow such misfortunes?
As the country comes together to grieve the loss of life in Newtown, a national conversation has begun about how to better protect and serve our communities in the face of catastrophe. The questions of how to respond to these tragedies face us all: government at all levels, educators, mental health professionals, the media, and individual Americans. Continuing PBS’ participation in this vital discussion, "After Newtown," an hour-long special from WNET, brings together news and public affairs teams from across PBS in a joint effort to analyze and illuminate the issues surrounding these events.
There are reports from a variety of states about local lawmakers who want to give teachers the right to bring guns to school. They're making the case that school shootings such as the one Friday in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 small children and six adults dead could be prevented or stopped if some school staffers were armed.
Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in four thrilling crime stories. The Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the "Inspector Banks" novels by Peter Robinson.
Making the case that the "Plan B" proposed by House Republicans to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year "does not meet the test of balance," the White House announced this morning that President Obama would veto such legislation if it came to his desk.
California's 848-square-mile marine reserve, the largest network of undersea sanctuaries in the continental United States, is now complete.
An Army general will face court-martial on a series of sexual misconduct charges, but the Army on Tuesday refused to say what crimes he is being charged with as he heads to his arraignment next month. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair finished preliminary hearings last month, in which he initially faced a long list of charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships and adultery.
Members of the Board of Supervisors are scheduled to break ground today for a building that will house the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office.