Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step DownDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, senior administration officials confirmed today to ABC News.Flanked by Hagel and Vice President Biden, President Obama announced the Secretary’s departure this morning from the White House's State Dining Room.“Chuck Hagel has been no ordinary Secretary of Defense: As the first enlisted combat veteran to serve in that position, he understands our men and women like few others ,” the president said. “He’s been in the dirt and he’s been in the mud. And that’s established a special bond. He sees himself in them, and they see themselves in him. ...

US proposes stricter ozone limits

The Obama administration announces environmental regulations to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing polluant, responsible for respiratory illnesses affecting millions of Americans on November 26, 2014The US Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it plans to strengthen regulations for emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant blamed for respiratory ailments affecting millions of Americans. Recent scientific studies, the EPA said, show current standards leave too much harmful smog in the air. "Bringing ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science will clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement. The EPA is proposing to limit ozone emissions from sources including power plants and car and truck exhaust to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppm), down from 75 ppm currently -- or around a 10-percent drop.

Protests across US as troops deployed in Ferguson

Thousands march in protest November 25, 2014 on the streets of Washington, DC, one day after a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer for the killing of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, MissouriProtest marches sprang up across the United States on Tuesday, and police battled to stifle another night of unrest in Ferguson, ground zero of America's latest racially-charged riots. Violence erupted in the St Louis, Missouri suburb for a second night, after Monday's decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager in August. Windows were smashed at city hall, a police car was set on fire and protesters pelted police with rocks, bottles, chunks of concrete and a Molotov cocktail, St Louis County police said. Demonstrators also threw bottles appearing to contain urine, said county police chief Jon Belmar.

Winter storm snarls U.S. holiday travel
Don't be thankful for this morning's sunny, crisp fall weather just yet.

'America must admit race problem'
Police killings are not accidents or tragedies; they are a sign of America's race problem and too often the system tells black people their lives don't matter, says CNN's LZ Granderson.

Nightclubs for literature?
It's midnight in the capital of Taiwan.