The Department of the Interior chief of staff was in the Grand Canyon with his wife three days after the BP oil spill was discovered in the Gulf of Mexico.
ABC News reports that even though his agency is charged with coordinating the federal response to the oil spill, Strickland was on what administration officials insisted was a "work-focused" trip far away from the massive spill.
According to ABC News, that trip included white-water rafting. When officials realized the spill was getting worse and Strickland was needed in the Gulf, a National Park Service helicopter removed him from the highly visited National Monument.
The Republican senator from South Carolina says that giving the government theÂ power to block the purchase of firearms by suspected terrorists would undermine the Second Amendment.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at a congressional hearing Wednesday and asked, "Shouldn't FBI agents have the authority to block sales of guns and explosives to those on the terror watch lists - and deemed too dangerous to fly? I actually believe that they should."
Legislation introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, and Rep. Peter King, R-New York, would give the attorney general the discretion to deny the transfer of a firearm when a background check reveals the purchaser is a known or suspected terrorist and authorities believe the person may use the weapon in connection with terrorism.
The Huffington Post reports that Graham said the bill was an instrument of those whoÂ want to Â ban guns altogether.
"We're talking about a constitutional right here," he said, explaining that he could not support legislation that would force "innocent Americans" to "pay the cost of going to court to get their gun rights back."
The American missionaries have devoted their lives to Haiti's children. They are part of an expansive and controversial missionary community that shelters thousands of Haiti's abandoned children. They manage the Lighthouse Orphanage and live in Port-au-Prince with their family, so that the young Haitians they care for do not have to leave their homeland.
Haiti has 380,000 children living as orphans, though CNN's Soledad O'Brien reports that in a country with unbelievable capacity challenges, the term "orphan" has a complicated meaning.
O'Brien tells the story of two orphans, six year old Cendy Jeune and former child slave Marc Kenson Oliphi, in a new CNN documentary, "Rescued," which premieres on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET & PT.
The rock star say's he's feeling "lucky to be alive."
Michaels suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage - bleeding at the base of his brain stem - on April 21 and spent ten days in a hospital intensive care unit. In the first interview since his release, he told People magazine that he thought a burglar had shot him in the back ofÂ the head.
He said the brain hemorrhage "sounded like a handgun, like it literally popped."
Michaels, who appears as a contestant on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice," told People that his mind almost went blank and he asked his girlfriend, Kristi Gibson, to take him to an emergency room.
He said, "I knew I was slurring my words, and I was like 'OK, this isn't a headache. There's something really bad happening.'"
The 24-year-old soldier and several members of his Afghanistan-based squad have produced a music video remake of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" that is so wild, it has been viewed 3 million times since it was posted April 23.
Married and the graduate of a North Carolina Christian school, Melcher warns on the YouTube website, "Prepare yourself for a fantastical journey." As the Lady Gaga hit plays, members of the 82nd Airborne - all men - lip-sync, tease each other suggestively, and gyrate in dusty boots and T-shirts, mimicking Lady Gaga's original choreography. At a change in the music, they are suddenly in homemade costumes of cardboard, spray paint and yellow police tape.
Sarah Kaufman wrote in The Washington Post, "Despite the distance, despite the exoticism, there's a powerful poignancy to this music video from a war zone, featuring young soldiers who could die tomorrow, who are, perhaps, funneling months - years? - of restlessness, loneliness and pent-up self-expression into a flamboyant 3 1/2-minute escape."