US & World

Big rule changes could make youth football games a whole lot smaller

A modified version of the sport, billed as a bridge between tackle and flag football, will be piloted with select youth football programs this fall. It features fewer players and a shorter field.

​San Francisco sues Trump over 'sanctuary city' order

The complaint, filed in federal district court, names Trump and his administration and claims the president is trying to coerce local authorities into abandoning sanctuary city policies, which San Francisco has adopted.

Boy Scouts pledge to admit transgender boys

The Scouts' chief executive announced the policy change after an 8-year-old transgender boy in New Jersey was forced out of a troop last fall.

VA hospitals still struggling with adding staff despite billions from Choice Act

Money from the $16 billion Veterans Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 was supposed to improve medical staffing levels at VA health centers, but it has had little impact on hiring numbers and how quickly vets get medical care.

It's Fred Korematsu Day: Celebrating a foe of US internment camps

Days after President Trump used an executive order to dramatically shift U.S. immigration policy, Fred Korematsu Day is attracting special attention.

My menu for Lunar New Year: Guilt, confusion, with a side of angst

When you're hosting this symbol-rich holiday for the first time, how do you assume ownership of rituals you don't cherish?

The Doomsday Clock is reset: Closest to midnight since the 1950s

Criticizing President Trump, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sees increased risk in dangers to humanity, from the proliferation of nuclear weapons to climate change.

Thinking about going to a rally? Read this activist's advice first

Duncan Green, a 35-year veteran of social justice and the author of a new book called 'How Change Happens,' says the real work happens after a protest.

Joshua Tree National Park could expand by 22,000 acres

A plan to add more than 20,000 acres of land to the eastern part of Joshua Tree National Park is now nearing its final stages.

US abortion rate falls to lowest level since Roe v Wade

A report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that backs legalized abortion, puts the 2014 rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age — the lowest recorded rate since 1973.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Cernan flew in space three times, took the second American spacewalk, and was just as thrilled to walk on the moon as if he had been the first to do it.

Democrats hope Sunday Obamacare rallies can help them regain momentum

Congressional Democrats are organizing what they call a "Day of Action," with events scheduled from California to Illinois to Maine. Sen. Bernie Sanders is among the key organizers.

Surprising charts about smoking, unemployment and mobile phones

Find out why a World Bank data scientist got excited about the global charts of 2016.

Will racism end when old bigots die?

Do people still believe the age-old notion that the next generation will deliver us from racism? Code Switch asked young and old(er). They rarely agreed on the answer.

Watch: SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion

SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the first time since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.

Reporter who broke the story of start of WWII dies at 105

As an activist, Clare Hollingworth saved thousands of refugees from Hitler's forces. Then, a few days into her career as a reporter, she uncovered the scoop of a lifetime: Germany was invading Poland.