A new study of Supreme Court opinions says one thing is clear: Justices are far more negative in their decisions today than they've been throughout the entire history of the court. But that may not necessarily be a bad thing.
Even with good intentions and legitimate potential medical applications, gene research poses ethical debate and concern among scientists, many of whom have called for a worldwide moratorium on its use. That's no different for a new method called CRISPR, which is splitting scientific opinion.
The US is moving toward lowering its prison population. Brazil may go in the opposite direction. Its Congress is considering lowering the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16. That would send thousands of adolescents to a dangerous adult prison system with 200,000 too many inmates.
The 2012 blockbuster about the hunt for Osama bin Laden reflected the CIA's narrative that torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques," was key in finding the terrorist leader. But was that version of history true? A new documentary from PBS Frontline shows it wasn't.
At 28, David Radzynski is one of the youngest violinists leading a major world orchestra today. He was just picked as the concertmaster for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra after studying and living in the US for most of his life, and he's part of a big influx of young musicians at the orchestra.
The plight of Rohingya migrants stranded at sea puts a spotlight on conditions in the country they fled. Staffers from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum were on a fact-finding tour to Myanmar this spring and found what they call a genocide in the making. Andrea Gittleman, program manager for the Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, says recent violence and persecution of Rohingya could be early warning signs of greater atrocities to come.
No other country in the world has had a popular vote to allow same-sex couples to marry — and that's just fine with some LGBT activists. They say minority rights aren't a question for popular votes, and they're afraid of rejection, even in Ireland.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister and the head of its pro-independence party, is soaring in the polls and earning praise from British news outlets. And with the UK's election just two weeks away, she may have a big hand in choosing the next leader of the UK — and how he runs the country.
Despite the clear and growing dangers of crossing the Mediterranean Sea in search of refuge in Europe, the stream of migrants is only getting bigger. The people making the journey say it's better to take a deadly chance than die slowly in civil wars or along the dangerous routes away from home.
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new spy thriller is getting acclaim for bringing a fresh eye to the Vietnam War, refugee life in the US and the conflicting political beliefs of Vietnamese who found their way to the United States after Saigon fell.
Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, the head of Doctors Without Borders' mission in Yemen, says combat deaths are not the only human cost of the civil war there. Patients with treatable conditions are now at risk because Yemen is running out of drugs and doctors. She wants the international community to step up and help.
The thaw in relations with Cuba is continuing: The US Treasury Department has issued at least two licenses to ferry operators to open service to Havana, which was cut off after the Cuban revolution. It was a once a big part of life across the Florida Straits, and former passengers wonder what the future will look like.
The cost for a set of freshly-painted nails in New York City is half that of the national average. But, as an investigation by the New York Times shows, that low price is built on the backs of underpaid and sometimes poorly treated salon workers.
Terminally ill patients are often willing to take any chance for a cure, even taking unapproved trial drugs. But while the process has been haphazard in the past, a new panel funded by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson will try to give everyone an equal shot at getting such medications.
Who are Indian women in the eyes of advertisers? In most cases, it seems they're little more than eager servants for their busy, decisive husbands and sons. But change may slowly be coming to the world of Indian advertising — and society's view of women.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman wasn't at this week's Camp David summit with other leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, but that didn't stop President Barack Obama from promising to "streamline and expedite" the delivery of weapons to the kingdom — even those being used in Yemen.
Exhaust from diesel fuel contains thousands of chemicals and more than 40 toxic air contaminants. That's especially dangerous for children who ride diesel-fueled school buses and wait in line among their fumes. But while efforts to cut down pollution are working, more enforcement is still needed.
Several thousand migrants and refugees stranded at sea in the Indian Ocean have been granted temporary shelter by the governments of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The people have endured horrendous conditions.