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New Mexico's ancient irrigation systems help protect scarce water supply

The major rivers of the Southwest are suffering as snow becomes increasingly scarce in the Rocky Mountains. Scientists who study climate change warn such conditions are the new normal. But there’s encouraging news in northern New Mexico.

Since genocide, Rwanda's women have helped lead the recovery

Women made up 70 percent of Rwanda's population after the genocide in 1994. They joined politics in unprecedented numbers, helping to form a more equitable society.

Promising signal detected in search for flight MH370

Calling it the "most promising lead" so far, the leader of the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner says ships have again detected a signal used by "black box" beacons.

Welcome to voting rights boot camp

In the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling last year, advocates worry that jurisdictions are quietly making changes to disenfranchise minorities. A training program is designed to counter that.

Ships race to investigate signals in Malaysia jet search

Searchers hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet raced toward a patch of the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday to determine whether a few brief sounds picked up by underwater equipment came from the plane's black boxes.

Bush's 'Art of Leadership' puts Putin and others on display

The former president has taken up art since leaving the White House. The Bush center in Dallas is showing some of his portraits of world leaders. His favorite: That of his father, the 41st president.

India sentences 3 to hang for multiple rapes

The men were sentenced under a new, tougher law on sexual assaults. They were convicted in two separate cases, including the rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai.

Judge to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage

Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.

How Israeli-Palestinian peace would redefine home

More than 1 million Arabs are Israeli citizens. About 350,000 Jewish Israelis live in the West Bank. What happens to them if a formal border is ever set between Israel and the Palestinians?

Fort Hood: Another tragedy for a city scarred by violence

In Killeen, Texas, another mass shooting had some asking, "Again?" The flags flew at half staff as the community began to pick up the pieces.

NASA cuts ties with Russia except on space station

NASA employees are barred from traveling to Russia until further notice, and they also can't email or hold teleconferences with their Russian counterparts.

Fort Hood Shooting: Gunman kills 3, wounds 16

In remarks to reporters in Honolulu, Defense Secretary Hagel says he is aware of casualties at the Army base in Texas and that the facility remains under lockdown.

Supreme Court loosens limits on political contributions (updated)

The Supreme Court has struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions. here's what it means for California’s midterm Congressional races.

So you think you're smarter than a CIA agent

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those made with classified intelligence.

While warning of Chinese cyberthreat, US launches its own attack

The NSA managed to penetrate the networks of the giant Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, documents show. Journalist David Sanger says cyber-espionage is an "entirely new field of conflict."

Jet owned by 'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson joins missing Malaysia Airlines search

"The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" director Sir Peter Jackson's private business jet—a Gulfstream G650—is joining forces to aid in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to NBC LA.