US & World

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.

NCAA names championship venues after denying North Carolina

Early rounds of March Madness will now be played in South Carolina. Other states for whom North Carolina's loss is their gain: California, Virginia and Texas.

Complaint to feds says Southwest Airlines profiled Muslim

A UC Berkeley student was yanked in April from a Southwest Airlines flight from L.A. to Oakland after mentioning a terrorist group's name during a telephone conversation in Arabic.

How an LA actor is using theater to foster peace in his native Colombia

"It was a very intense process, it was incredibly emotional," said Hector Aristizábal, an actor from Colombia who is using storytelling and theater for peace.

India ratifies Paris climate change agreement

Sixty-two countries have now joined the plan. Together, they account for about 52 percent of global emissions, which is a little short of the 55 percent threshold to make the agreement binding.

New rules for transgender troops take effect

New rules detail how military leaders must treat transgender service members. It's the latest step in the Pentagon's effort to integrate transgender people into the armed forces.

When disaster strikes, he creates a 'crisis map' that helps save lives

"You can't protect what you can't map," says Patrick Meier. He pioneered the field of crisis mapping during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and now focuses on the use of robotics for humanitarian purposes.