US & World

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.

A local sheriff's race with national attention — and a hefty price tag

In Arizona's Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a noted opponent of illegal immigration, faces the toughest challenge of his career.

Texas pulls out of federal refugee resettlement program

Aid agencies will have to deal directly with the federal government. State services and benefits for refugees in Texas are expected to end in January.

2 stolen Van Goghs recovered in Italy

The two paintings — of a seascape and of a congregation at a church — were stolen in 2002. "They are the real paintings!" a curator says.

Yosemite chief retires amid complaints of hostile workplace

Regional administrators decided it was time for new leadership and offered to transfer Don Neubacher to Denver as a senior adviser to the agency's deputy director.

Former California Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas dies at 89

Lucas died Wednesday at home in Los Angeles after battling cancer since early this year, his family said.

Senators vote to override Obama's veto of Sept. 11 bill

The lone "no" vote was Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. A House vote on Obama's veto was expected later in the day Wednesday.

Navigating the world of racial awkwardness

What do you do when a friend or loved one talks about race in a way that makes you cringe? A few people share their reactions.

Navigating the world of racial awkwardness

What do you do when a friend or loved one talks about race in a way that makes you cringe? A few people share their reactions.

Shimon Peres, the last of Israel's founding leaders, dies at 93

Peres served as prime minister three times, launched the country's nuclear program and won the Nobel Peace Prize. But his grandest goal, an Israel at peace with its Arab neighbors, eluded him.