North America's bison, a living emblem of the Western frontier that roamed the continent by the millions before being hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, was officially designated on Monday as the national mammal of the United States.
One year after he established a task force to oversee nail salons in the state, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that 143 salons have been ordered to pay a total of $2 million in back pay and damages to 652 employees.
By the end of this year, a $1.3 billion plant near Corpus Christi, Texas, which will make seamless pipe for the energy industry - the largest single Chinese investment in a US manufacturing facility - is expected to start production. Area economic development officials said they hope the facility will bring in additional Chinese and foreign investment to the area.
US researchers are launching studies on Mexico's red-crowned parrot - a species that has been adapting so well to living in cities in California and Texas after escaping from the pet trade that the population may now rival that in its native country.
For a thousand years, China's Cave Temples of Dunhuang were a popular traveler's resting stop, marketplace and religious shrine on the fabled Silk Road. Now, they are coming to Los Angeles, both in spirit and reality.