When Evanna Hu and her family came to the US, they were poor. She just didn’t know it because she was surrounded by other low-income immigrant families in Columbus, Ohio. Here's the story of her first days in America.
At first, there were isolated protests in border states like California and Arizona over relocating migrant children to detention centers while they awaited immigration proceedings. This weekend, anger and protests spread across the US, reaching New Hampshire, Maine, Minnesota and even Alaska.
Highly flammable and explosive crude oil from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota is shipped by rail, much of it by BNSF Railways. An investigation by Oregon Public Broadcasting unearthed charges that the railroad carrier mishandles safety issues for its trains.
It may seem ghoulish — pumping people full of cold saltwater to chill them down when they receive severe injuries — but the technique has had stunning success in animal trials and is now moving into its first human tests. The aim is to buy time to treat wounds.
Tangier Island off the coast of Virginia seems on a march toward oblivion — in some areas, 15 to 16 feet of land are disappearing each year. Only 470 people live there now, but they have an old English dialect — marked by "backwards talk" — and a history of being home to freed slaves.
Fruit is easy to eat. It often comes with its own packaging. A quick wash and you can pop it in your mouth. Not so with ice cream, or soup. But a Harvard researcher thinks he can change all that, and revolutionize food.
What makes the issue of citizenship so divisive? What does the “path to citizenship” look like now and what obstacles already exist for immigrants? What impact might the different plans have on this country? Join an online discussion.
You may have noticed that more and more wine bottles — even expensive ones — are increasingly coming with screw tops and synthetic stoppers. You might not think much about the stopper when you make a purchase, but cork producers want you to start. They're mounting a campaign to show that real cork is better for the planet.
The Soccket is a soccer ball with a twist — a generator inside that turns kicks into power that can run a small lamp. Its American inventors and celebrity backers say it provides hours of light so poor children in homes without electricity can study at night. But this bright idea has run into some technical problems.
Primetime dramas in South Korea — known as K-Dramas — are filled with implausible story lines, complete with romantic twists and turns. They’ve been popular in Asia for years, but thanks to online streaming websites, they’re now gaining a cult-like following in the US.
Around the world, revelations about NSA spying have caused outrage and protests. But not so much in the US. In fact, older Americans seem more worried than digitally plugged-in youth, whose electronic lives are being monitored. One researcher says young people don't seem so worried about the government acting as Big Brother.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God began in Nigeria, but it's growing rapidly in the US, especially among the African immigrant community. Their goals? Bring as many people to heaven as possible, and have a church within a 10-mile radius in any direction.
An immigrant advocate remembers her bumpy initiation into American life as a student from Malaysia in the late 1970s. She goes to bed hungry as a result of a miscommunication with her host family and nearly floods her new dormitory when she tries to take her first bath on campus.
When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.
The Washington Redskins face growing demands to change their team's nickname, which many Native Americans say is offensive. The public debate is also putting pressure on other teams, like the Edmonton Eskimos, that also use native imagery.
Germany says it has uncovered American spies, and Chancellor Angela Merkel is "unamused." But even after the Germans ordered the removal of a CIA official in Berlin, the flap is unlikely to change much in the US-German relationship.