The Oscar contender is loosely based on the Abscam sting, which nailed a senator and six House members on corruption charges. The FBI videotaped some Hollywood-worthy scenes.
The Crimean Peninsula has a majority ethnic Russian population. Armed men took over 2 government buildings and raised the Russian flag. David Greene talks to Courtney Weaver of the Financial Times.
It's been nearly three years since the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Cleaning up and shutting down that plant involves huge challenges and risks that are expected to last for decades.
Parliament is likely to approve a near-total ban on abortion, which has been legal in Spain since 1985. Some proponents argue change has come too quickly, breaking down traditional Spanish values.
Turns out research suggests that after a basic standard of quality is met, what becomes a success and what doesn't is essentially a matter of chance. Chance is the thing.
On a movie set, every scene and every take gets "slated" during filming, and there's that distinctive clap sound we all know. But what's it for? The job of the clapper, revealed.
In 2012, Congress approved changes to the federal flood insurance program to help get it out of debt. But lawmakers might undo that now, since one result has been dramatically increasing premiums.
Eric Ortiz, 24, chose to ink the arachnid because, "Everybody fears spiders." According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, he wanted "to see what people think."
Beards and mustaches are becoming a popular trend, especially among hipsters. And if you can't grow one? Buy one. One doctor says he's performing three or so facial hair transplants each week.
More Americans are wearing safety helmets when they ski or snowboard. The helmets prove their worth in preventing relatively minor injuries, and may help to reduce the severity of brain injuries.
President Obama has directed the Pentagon to begin planning to bring home all troops for Afghanistan by the end of the year. The president spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and suggested that a decision on reaching a deal on a security agreement between the two countries could still happen later this year.
"Washington Post" columnist Michael Gerson describes the West's response to the Syrian crisis as "strategic despair." Gerson visited with Syrian refugees in Jordan on a trip sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He and Michael Abramowitz, director of the Holocaust museum's Center for the Prevention of Genocide, tell Renee Montagne about what they witnessed and urge the U.S. and its allies to do more to help.
In a world of "crowdsourcing," the growing challenge is not in coming up with creative ideas, but in identifying creative ideas. A ubiquitous bias makes us bad at spotting creative ideas — when they come from those working around us.
The arrest of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman is a coup for Mexican authorities. Now comes the tussle over where he will be tried. He's wanted in at least seven U.S. federal districts. But Mexican authorities may want to keep him in their own system, in part to avoid him talking about corrupt relationships with Mexican officials.
Prominent universities and drug addiction organizations are asking the FDA to reconsider its approval of a controversial pain killer called Zohydro. It's 10 times more powerful than oxycontin and far more crushable, which makes it perfect for snorting or shooting. The FDA approved the drug even after its own in-house panel said it was a bad idea.
The chief executive of Credit Suisse will appear before a Senate subcommittee Wednesday morning to testify about secret Swiss bank accounts opened by American citizens. The Senate's permanent subcommittee on investigations has released a report saying the bank was deeply involved in helping Americans evade taxes.
No one is watching events in Ukraine more closely than Russia. Millions of people in eastern Ukraine speak Russian as their first language. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov complained to a European human rights group about what he called "neo-fascist sentiment" in western Ukraine, and efforts to turn Russian speakers into "non-citizens."
TV fans may notice an explosion of new material on the small screen this week. That's because many TV networks and cable channels delayed airing new episodes of shows or the start of news series until after the Winter Olympics ended.