What really happened with the South L.A. Promise Zone?

When President Barack Obama officially announced, last week, that several low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods would be eligible for grants as part of his “Promise Zone” poverty initiative, it caused a great deal of uproar from some elected officials and South ...

Are we really different from animals?

We humans tend to think of ourselves as better than, or at least separate from, all other species on this planet. But every species is unique, and in that sense humans are no different.

UK police arrest couple suspected of holding three women captive for 30 years

British police have arrested a couple on suspicion of holding three “extremely traumatized” women captive for more than 30 years, Scotland Yard announced Thursday.

Sprint falls to last on Consumer Reports list

Sprint tumbled to last place in this year’s Consumer Reports rankings for wireless service providers, based on a survey of users.

FCC to consider allowing cell phone calls on flights

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will consider a proposal in December that would allow airline passengers to make cell phone calls while flying above 10,000 feet on specially equipped planes.

Missouri governor denies clemency for “merciless” serial killer

A federal court has granted a stay of execution for White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection in Missouri.

George Zimmerman posts $9,000 bail in domestic violence case

A Florida judge on Tuesday set bail for George Zimmerman at $9,000 and ordered a number of conditions for his freedom — including that he not possess weapons — while he awaits trial on charges he pointed a shotgun at ...

Senate takes a close look at Bitcoin

Just as the price of a Bitcoin reaches record highs, a U.S. Senate committee is taking a closer look at the world’s favorite decentralized digital currency.

Gunman opens fire in Paris newspaper lobby

A man armed with a shotgun walked into the lobby of the French daily Liberation in Paris and fired twice Monday, the newspaper said.

Toronto Mayor Ford says he didn’t lie about crack use

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would have admitted to smoking crack cocaine long before his eventual admission, he says. It’s just that no one asked him the right question.

Typhoon Haiyan: The grim task of recovering Tacloban’s dead

They’re doing a job nobody wants to do in a place few want to be. But their deeply unenviable task is a vital step toward getting Tacloban, the Philippines city decimated by the fury of Super Typhoon Haiyan, back on ...

NASA launches new spacecraft to orbit Mars

You may have heard it before: Billions of years ago, Mars probably looked more like Earth does now, with clouds and oceans and a much thicker atmosphere.

Who is Pfc. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington.

Where was God in the Philippines?

In the days since Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines on Thursday, survivors are frantically searching for lost family members and international aid groups are springing into action.

Typhoon Haiyan: 3 days in, little relief for survivors of Philippines storm

You can see them everywhere. On the side of the road. Under what appears to be a bus shelter, a jaunty “I (heart) Tacloban” sign hanging overhead. Lined up on sidewalks.