Despite what grammar sticklers think, there was never a golden age of pure English: the language has always been an unruly mishmash of other languages. Just consult the Venerable Bede, a 7th century monk who documented the beginnings of English.
If you spot what appears to be a particularly intense volleyball match in your local Chinatown, you might do a quick head count. It may be a game of nine-man, a sport with roots in China and old, exclusionary US immigration laws.
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.
Congress is re-opening a chapter of the Vietnam War and a heated debate. Back in the summer of 1969 during the war, a US Navy destroyer cruising the South China Sea collided with an Australian aircraft carrier.The USS Frank E. Evans was cut in half, killing 74 US sailors. None of their names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
South African writer and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has died at her home in Johannesburg at the age of 90. The accomplished novelist was also beloved for her staunch anti-apartheid activism and mentoring of black South African writers.
The Korean American community is standing by a new statue honoring thousands of "comfort women," or sex slaves, used by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Japanese conservatives say the statue has to go. And both sides are taking the issue to the White House.
D-Day veterans in their 80s and 90s are back in Normandy for the 70th anniversary of their landing — for many, most probably — it will be the last major milestone anniversary of the historic invasions they'll spend there.
The Soviet Union sacrificed a lot during World War II. Millions of Russians died, more than from any other country. And for them, the D-Day invasions were an answer to their appeals to the West to relieve pressure on the Soviet forces who were battling the Nazis.
The United States was among the first foreign nations to move in to help the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation. The US has long had close, though not always happy, ties with the island nation.
Santa Claus arrived in the Netherlands over the weekend, or rather "Sinterklaas," as he's known there. He doesn't come with elves, though. Instead, he has a sidekick called "Black Pete," who wears blackface, red lipstick and a wig. For some, he's a beloved Dutch tradition. For others, "Black Pete" is just plain racist.
The last emperors of China, the Qing Dynasty, were Manchus. Their language is close to dying out in modern China, so now there's a last-ditch effort to save it, and the link it provides to China's history and traditional medicine.
Just an hour and half from Hiroshima lies the tiny island of Okunojima, probably better known as Rabbit Island. The island is populated by bunnies and tourists feeding those bunnies — but if you look closely you can see remnants of the island's past.
Among the more than one million Syrians who've fled the war are Syrians of Armenian descent. Unlike most Syrian refugees, they're Christian. And many of them fear that if Syrian Bashar al-Assad leaves, they can never go home again.
Researchers say that in Germany before World War II, there were many more Nazi torture and detention sites than previously thought. The evidence comes from an archive of Nazi documents that was only opened to the public in recent years.
There's a region in Greece that's home to the "Holy Mountain." It's one of the holiest sites for Orthodox Christians. Anyone can visit, as long as they're male. Reporter Matthew Brunwasser spent four days in Mount Athos.
Interest in George Orwell's novel "1984" has spiked in recent days since the leaks about NSA surveillance. Was Orwell prescient? Anchor Marco Werman speaks with journalist and author Cory Doctorow about science fiction's vision of the future.
Archaeologists have just discovered the remains of a Spanish fort from 16th century explorers. University of Michigan archaeologist Robin Beck says Fort San Juan represents the earliest known European fort in the interior of what is now the United States.
Soccer is like a religion for many Mexicans, but for many in the Yucatán Maya community, baseball is also a top sport. And some Mayas have brought that passion with them to California. There's even a mostly Maya baseball league there.