El Niño is back. That could mean trouble for crops from Africa to Australia, drought relief for Brazil and California — and new record global temperatures as the Pacific Ocean warms up and brings the heat along with it.
After a "Muhammad cartoon contest" came under attack over the weekend, Texas imam Omar Suleiman is glad he and other Muslim leaders urged their followers to leave the event alone. Ignoring extremists — both the anti-Muslim crowd and radical Islamists alike — is the best policy, he says.
The scientific consensus around Alzheimer's disease says it's caused by proteins called beta-amyloids that build up on the brain and destroy its normal functions. But one man, Duke professor Allen Roses, has made it his mission to prove that the conventional wisdom is wrong.
Taco al pastor, the classic Mexican street food that’s popular in the US, has roots in a surprising place: the Middle East. Thanks to immigrants from the former Ottoman Empire, the classic street dish of shawarma morphed into the beloved taco of today.
It's hard to think of a more perfect Sherlock Holmes than the one Benedict Cumberbatch portrays in "Sherlock." And that's in part because the detective is immortal. A new book looks at the rise of Sherlock Holmes before Cumberbatch and shows how there will be perfect detectives in the future.
Japanese people, even some minority groups, tend to believe that Japanese society is homogeneous and racism doesn't exist in the country. But a Japanese American has drawn praise — and ire — by exposing that belief as a myth.
Everyone in California is feeling the crunch as the state tries to cope with its massive drought, but farms aren't suffering quite as much as the rest. That's good for business, but bad for the state's dwindling water resources.
When May 5 rolls around, many Mexican restaurants use the occasion to offer margarita and enchilada specials. In fact, for many Americans, Cinco de Mayo is just one big fiesta — without any idea how it started.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major free trade deal, has turned into a hot and divisive political battle. But no matter what the critics say, most economics believe the treaty will be good for most Americans, even poor ones.
A new plan announced by the US government would restore seven million acres of lost habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinating insects like honeybees, and scientists says the plan comes not a moment too soon for the troubled insects.
Longtime war photographer David Guttenfelder haunting images are part of Mission 22, an advocacy campaign to raise awareness about alarming suicide rates. His latest project: commemorating returning veterans by showing where those who killed themselves spent their lives.
Veterans' post-traumatic stress may have less to do with what fighters see on the battlefield and more with the kind of society the soldiers return to. That's what veteran war correspondent Sebastian Junger believes after researching the topic and talking to veterans of America's wars.
In their natural habitats, beavers and their dams are vital parts of the ecosystem. But in Patagonia, where the beaver is an invasive species, they're wreaking havoc on the local environment. Now the government is responding to stop the damage, and even local cooks are doing their part.
A top Jamaican cop who served as a witness in the federal trial of an alleged Jamaican lottery scammer says his country is working to stamp out the scams. But that can be a hard sell in an economically depressed country where con men are living large.