US & World

Election cake, as made by OWL Bakery in Asheville, N.C.

Susannah Gebhart/Courtesy of OWL Bakery

A history of election cake and why bakers want to #MakeAmericaCakeAgain


Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

Inside the Ord Community Commissary in California's Monterey Bay area. The commissary sets prices at just over cost, so that commissaries around the world maintain consistent pricing no matter where troops are stationed.

With all those big-box stores, are military commissaries still needed?


The U.S. military spent $1.4 billion to run stores that provide discount groceries to troops. But the Department of Defense wants to cut $200 million from the subsidy.

Dressed in Uganda-style garb, these women are featured in the video made by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma-based missionary group that works in Eastern Uganda.

Why Ugandans are offended by music video made by U.S. missionaries

Two Ugandan writers weigh in on a video by Luket Ministries that features white women depicting the Ugandan way of life.

What's up with the internet today? Websites lag, don't load for many

A hacking attack against a major internet infrastructure company, Dyn, has prompted intermittent disruptions across numerous sites, including Twitter and Spotify.

Anaheim man identified as American killed in Iraq on Thursday

He died of wounds sustained in a roadside bomb attack north of Mosul. He was part of a U.S. team advising and assisting Iraqi Kurd fighters known as peshmerga.

Amir Hussain on Muslims and the making of America

There has never been an America without Muslims. So begins the premise to a new book called Muslims and the Making of America by LMU professor Amir Hussain.

Planned Parenthood celebrates centennial as its foes bristle

The organization, whose services include birth control, sex education and abortions, has survived largely intact in the face of violence, vilification and fierce efforts in Congress and many states to cut its funding.

US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from airliners

The order goes into effect Saturday at noon eastern time. It says the phone may not be carried on board or packed in checked bags on flights to and from the United States or within the country.

A Syrian refugee navigates a new life in Los Angeles

Allison Wolfe is a writer, musician and English teacher. She writes about one student, Shahan Sanosian, whose story starts in Damascus, Syria.

Wells Fargo whistleblower: 'I didn't know if I'd done the right thing'

What becomes of the whistleblower? Eight years ago, Wells Fargo banker Yesenia Guitron spoke up about questionable practices at her Napa Valley branch. She shares her story of what happened next.

Jack Greenberg, civil rights icon who argued Brown v Board, dies

After Thurgood Marshall left for the federal bench, Greenberg became the Legal Defense Fund's second director. Greenberg argued some of the biggest civil rights cases in front of the Supreme Court.

Wonder Woman named honorary UN ambassador for gender equality

The imaginary superhero will be sworn in on Oct. 21, the 75th anniversary of the character's debut. How her powers will be harnessed by the international governing body isn't clear.

To retain more women, military offers better work-life balance

When a Pentagon official proposed flexible schedules at a town hall, "They actually laughed at me," she says. But the schedules went into place. The military also now allows 1 to 3 years off.

To be an American, says this Haitian-American, means you have a voice

Jan Mapou moved to the U.S. from Haiti nearly 50 years ago. It was important to become a U.S. citizen, he says, because as an immigrant, it makes "you feel that you are in your country."

Trace the remarkable history of the humble pencil

The classroom writing implement has roots in exploding stars, the French Revolution, the British crown jewels and Walden Pond.

On Columbus Day, a look at the myth that 'all the real Indians died off'

Two Native American authors tackle the perpetual challenge of combating ignorance, stereotypes and the notion that there's such a thing as a "real" Indian.