The White House and NASA are seeking the public's help in hunting for asteroids that could someday smash into Earth.
The Senate is out for the week. But it will return to a full slate.
"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations."
A federal judge in Louisiana has thrown out the central criminal charge against a former BP executive because prosecutors failed to prove he knew about a pending congressional investigation into oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico three years ago.
President Obama announced late Wednesday that the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steve Miller, has resigned in the wake of a report that employees at the agency engaged in partisan scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
The language is not dramatic but the message is clear: A much-anticipated report from the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration is straight forward about how Internal Revenue Service personnel unfairly singled out some conservative groups for unnecessary scrutiny during the 2012 campaign cycle.
The Senate has passed the Marketplace Fairness Act by a vote of 69 to 27, the measure would end tax-free shopping for online purchases.
Dying on the job continues at a steady pace according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Another year passes without the mine safety reform promised by members of Congress and President Obama in the wake of the worst mine disaster in this country in 40 years.
With the Senate soon to vote on initiatives including expanded background checks of gun purchasers and increased penalties for gun trafficking, a scan through data from polls about gun laws underscores how attitudes for the most part seem to be close to pre-Newtown levels.