US & World

Women take on big-wave surfing at Mavericks

Sarah Gerhardt is the first woman to ever surf Mavericks, the famously dangerous big-wave spot in northern California.

Pope Francis grants all priests the authority to absolve abortions

The Vatican has long considered abortion such a grave sin that only bishops can grant absolution. The pope changed that temporarily in 2015; now he's extended the change indefinitely.

With little housing growth, Native American families live in close quarters

The two tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming are experiencing a population boom, but the amount of housing hasn't increased leading to severe overcrowding.

Vin Scully, Frank Gehry among 21 receiving Medal of Freedom

President Obama has announced the last group of people that he will honor with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including Michael Jordan, Diana Ross, Frank Gehry and Vin Scully.

7.8 earthquake triggers New Zealand tsunami

"There is a threat of land inundation for the East Coast of New Zealand."

Still fighting: Vietnam vets seek help for rare cancer

The U.S. government acknowledges that liver flukes, endemic in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, are likely killing some former soldiers.

What happens to US immigration policy under President Trump?

During his presidential bid, Donald Trump spoke of plans to cut immigration to the U.S. KPCC's Leslie Berestein Rojas shares how Southern California's immigrant and refugee communities are reacting to the election result.

At 95, WWII glider pilot maintains special bond with neighbors

One of the last living World War II glider pilots lives in a modest home in Tampa, Florida, where he's developed a special bond with his neighbors.

Americans abroad: A view of the 2016 election from overseas

From thousands of miles away, Americans overseas share their thoughts on the 2016 presidential election

Janet Reno, first female US attorney general, dies at 78

Reno's tenure was marked by tragedy and controversy. But she left office widely respected for her independence and accomplishments.

Jury selection to start in South Carolina church shooting trial

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Dylann Roof, 22, who killed nine people during a bible study.

Another officer charged in Oakland police sex scandal

A wide-ranging investigation implicates more than two dozen law enforcement officers.

2 former Chris Christie aides found guilty in 'Bridgegate' trial

Former top aide Bridget Kelly and onetime Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni have been found guilty of all counts.

Protesters, police still clashing over disputed North Dakota pipeline

At the Dakota Access Pipeline site, officers used pepper spray against demonstrators on government land. The protesters say the pipeline would violate sacred Indian lands and could cause pollution.

6.6 earthquake flattens historic basilica in Italy

"The monks are all safe, but our hearts go immediately to those affected," say the Benedictine monks of Norcia.

Customs and Border Protection seeks deep reform

The US Border Patrol expanded after Sept. 11, but was soon plagued with corruption. A new leader is trying to turn around the agency.