US & World

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.

State department apologizes for decades of anti-LGBT discrimination

The "Lavender Scare" pushed gay people out of government service. Secretary of State John Kerry has now apologized for past practices.

In transit, Taiwan president set to stop in U.S. — to China's displeasure

Tsai Ing-wen is on her way to Central America for a nine-day trip, but she will be stopping in Houston and San Francisco on the way. After a diplomatic dust-up last month, China is watching the trip closely.

The fight to repeal Obamacare begins

President Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with lawmakers in an effort to frame the coming debate over the Affordable Care Act.

Turkish authorities have reportedly identified nightclub shooting suspect

Turkish media are reporting that authorities believe the suspected gunman responsible for the New Year's attack at an Istanbul nightclub is from Kyrgyzstan. The shooting killed at least 39 people.

WNBA players were near site of Istanbul attack, coach says

Three Los Angeles Sparks team members were among a handful of WNBA players that were next door to a deadly shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul early Sunday.

To appeal to a modern palate, native chef gives tradition a little twist

More Native Americans are revisiting indigenous ingredients and methods of cooking. It's a natural calling for chefs, like Navajo Freddie Bitsoie, who have found themselves in a cultural tug of war.

7 women trailblazers who took a stand in 2016

Maybe they didn't make headlines. But they inspired others to break stereotypes and take a stand.

7 things to know about Israeli settlements

West Bank settlements have expanded under every Israeli government over the past half-century. Nearly 10 percent of Israel's Jewish population now lives on land captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.