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  1. A look at the 12 members of the Benghazi panel


    WASHINGTON — When the House Select Committee on Benghazi holds its first public hearing in nearly 10 months, the spotlight will focus on a sole witness — Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady and senator, secretary of state and presidential contender.

    House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., talks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gowdy, 51, is a third-term tea partyer and former prosecutor from South Carolina. [Associated Press]
  2. Q&A: Traffic lights, Ted Cruz, sea levels

    Human Interest

    Those new traffic lights

    I've seen some new traffic lights at big intersections in the Clearwater area. Why the change?

  3. Q&A: Length of ballgames, smoke hazards

    Human Interest

    Putting baseball on a clock

    There's some talk about putting Major League Baseball on a time clock, like other sports. My question is, how long are the average games in each sport, and how much real action is there in each?

  4. Q&A: Consumer price index, space station

    Human Interest

    Understanding the CPI

    What year did the government take food and fuel out of our Social Security checks and why?

  5. Q&A: Mail-in ballots, autism

    Human Interest

    Securing mail-in ballots

    Are there any special precautions put in place for mail-in ballots not getting lost and making it safely to be counted?

  6. Q&A: 'Entero,' Code Pink, car recalls

    Human Interest

    "Entero" means ...

    Since the word root "entero" means "of or relating to the intestine," why is the current virus outbreak that's affecting children being called an enterovirus? The symptoms seem to affect the respiratory system, so what is this virus' connection to the intestines?

  7. Q&A: Sex in space, rhino horns

    Human Interest

    Sex in outer space

    My husband would like to know if there have been any reports or experiments of astronauts having sex in outer space?

  8. Q&A: How much did it cost the U.S. to track down bin Laden?

    Human Interest

    World's busiest airport

    Someone told me that Atlanta is the world's busiest airport. Is that right?

  9. Q&A: ISIS or ISIL?

    Human Interest

    ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State

    The media, in all its forms, and most federal departments and the president, refer to the terrorist organization as ISIS. All, that is, but the Defense Department, which refers to it as ISIL. Why?

  10. Q&A:

    Human Interest

    Shootings by police

    How many shootings of black men by white police officers happen every year in the United States?