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.
As ISIS grows its reach into new countries, the US and its allies are debating whether those affiliates should be attacked. And that decision has a lot to do with who's considered a part of ISIS at all.
Self-published is usually seen as a last resort for the rejected author, but don't tell that to photographers. Self-publishing has become a huge hit for photographers looking to get their work out, and the limited editions are valuable commodities for collectors and even museums.
Our host, Marco Werman, is in the middle of a two-week cross-country writing residency aboard Amtrak trains. His first stop was in New Orleans, where he heard about the death of famed trumpet player Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill and remembered how Japan and New Orleans are linked by love of jazz
They came from Cairo, from Thailand. Aboard boats, planes. Back to a land where many felt spurned, unwelcomed not that long ago. They voted in Ireland's referendum on gay marriage, and created hashtags that trended worldwide.
Renowned Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is hitting the screen as a writer for a new Seth MacFarlane show set in a town on the US-Mexico border. And while issues of immigration and identity are old stuff for him, he's happy they're getting an airing — especially a sharp-edged one — on TV.
If you think women aren't playing important roles in math, science and engineering, just hop on Twitter and see more than 17,000 of them proving you wrong. But female scientists say there's still much more to be done to encourage women to get into those fields.
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.
Men and women from all over the world have joined ISIS, many are zealots with little or no expertise. Now the group is trying to reach out to those with specific set of skills, and it's adjusting its methods to appeal to to the smart and well-educated.
The news that ISIS has taken Ramadi hits home for veterans like Tom Daly. As a Marine, he helped US forces take the capital of Iraq's Anbar province by building an alliance with Sunni nationalists who are now targets for ISIS fighters.
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.
Amnesty International says Qatar is failing to act fast enough to improve conditions for migrant workers building its World Cup soccer stadiums. But critics says it's only when sponsors like Coca-Cola and VISA speak up that soccer's governing body, FIFA, pays attention.
In Thailand's underage sex industry, the word "trafficking" as we know it in the West, doesn't get used much. The phrase "buying and selling" is more common. But however you describe it, the practice of taking underage girls from their homes in the north and forcing them into the sex industry in Chiang Mai (and beyond) hasn't gone away.
Experts say biker gangs aren't great drug dealers or organized crime runners, but they do know one thing: How to protect their turf. And it's that willingness to kill to mark their territory — even over a patch on a vest — that likely led to the shootout in Waco, Texas, between rival gangs.
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.