Obama aims to bypass Congress with ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative

OW Contributor President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, and his recently announced “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, might be considered his response to the prolonged inflexibility of Congress during the course of his administration. Designed specifically to target young ...

Cruise ship rescues 24 stranded Cubans

Matthew Sudders has been on plenty of cruises, but he'd never seen anything like this.

Women in power: Hypervisible, still unseen

Recently, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who is Asian-American, was bombarded with harassing tweets when she decided not to cancel classes at the Urbana-Champaign campus during January's severe weather.

Obama seeks another hike in aviation security fees

It took years to get through -- an increase in the fee airline passengers pay for airport screening and other government-run aspects of aviation security

Candy store offers free Fat Tuesday fudge for 'fatties'

Can't a little Missouri candy store have a little fun? Fat chance.

Fugitive and whistleblower Edward Snowden to speak from Russia at SXSW

Even though he can't set foot in the United States for fear of arrest, fugitive National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has joined the speakers' roster at this year's South by Southwest Interactive Festival

10-year-old suspended for making fingers into shape of gun

Ten-year-old Nathan Entingh doesn't understand why he got suspended from school for three days.

White House honors ‘Champions of Change’

The White House honored 10 local heroes who are “Champions of Change” for their innovation in creating diversity and access in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. These champions are creating opportunities for young people typically underrepresented in STEM ...

On This Day in Black History...

Born in New York in 1967, Olympian Debi Thomas started ice skating at an early age. She grew up in San Jose, Calif. where her interest in the sport first began. Thomas attributed most of her success to her mother ...

In Ukraine turbulence, a lad from Lviv becomes the toast of Kiev

When the history of the bloody turbulence in Ukraine is written, a 26-year-old who learned combat skills in the army cadets may be recorded as the man who made up Viktor Yanukovich's mind to cut and run.

Obama makes it official: U.S. planning for full Afghan withdrawal

The president had not spoken to Karzai since a June 25, 2013, video conference, and the two had had no contact since a Nov. 21, 2013, letter from Washington to Kabul.

Aggressive T-Mobile losing money

T-Mobile got aggressive in 2013, positioning itself as the "UnCarrier" and actively courting customers of other mobile providers to switch. According to the company, it's working -- at least in terms of adding new customers.

Lockheed Martin’s Stephanie C. Hill named 2014 Black Engineer of the Year

Stephanie C. Hill, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) Civil business, has been named the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year for her outstanding leadership during a 27-year engineering career ...

NAACP applauds Attorney General for speaking out against felony disenfranchisement

The NAACP commends Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder for speaking out against laws prohibiting people with felony convictions from voting even after they have served the terms of their sentences. The NAACP has been actively engaged in ...

Obama pledges funds to stem state water woes; GOP protests

The Obama Administration this week pledged $20 million to help California farmers cope with the worst drought the state has seen in almost three decades. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the money would be available for new water-conservation ...