When Shell announced it would end its entire program in the offshore U.S. Arctic, the hyperbole and finger-pointing began in earnest. But the record shows that much of the blame-placing and credit-taking is based on misunderstandings and myths.

Yereth Rosen
In Oregon, the divide between urban places, which are booming — especially the state’s largest city, Portland — and rural ones, which are largely struggling, has often shaped the debate over guns and other social issues. Kirk Johnson

A trip aboard the Lindblad Expedition National Geographic Explorer, a unique cruise ship offering visits to parts of the Arctic that few ever see.

Anne Z. Cooke
Jeb Bush invited a firestorm on Friday by saying that “stuff happens” in reference to renewed calls for gun control after tragedies like the mass shooting in Oregon.Matt Flegenheimer
President Barack Obama pledged Friday that he would not sign another temporary spending measure after the one passed this week, a move to try to raise the pressure on Congress to reach a long-term budget deal.Peter Baker
The medical charity Doctors Without Borders said its hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz was hit early Saturday by an airstrike_apparently carried out by U.S. forces -- and several hospital staff were killed.Ali M. Latifi and Shashank Bengali
It was busier than usual at Small World Pediatrics on Thursday -- and not because cold and flu season had come back with a vengeance.Kathleen McGrory, Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer
Alaska’s congressional delegation and visitors from the state were getting ready Tuesday for the visit of Pope Francis as he embarks on a tour of the Eastern Seaboard, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. Erica Martinson
Licensed Floridians will still be able to bag a bear in Florida later this month after a state judge Thursday refused to stop the planned hunt.Gray Rohrer
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to shatter its previous political spending records during the 2016 elections in a campaign aimed not only at defeating Democrats but also at winning back the soul of the Republican Party.Kate Ackley