Since 2002, U.S. states have been prohibited from executing people who are mentally retarded. Defining who fits that standard, though, has been left to the state. In Texas, the definition is based on a character in a book — though that may be changing.
As immigration reform measures have moved slowly forward, many groups have had special programs built in for them. There's a proposal to help the Irish, another for people with backgrounds in science or math, but one group of immigrants may lose out: people from African countries looking to come here legally.
The immigration bill making its way through the Senate would put an end to the so-called 'Green Card Lottery.' The World's Jason Margolis explains why the proposed change has sparked anger among African immigrants living in the US.
The United States government has begun a criminal investigation in response to data program leaker Edward Snowden's actions. While President Barack Obama declined to address Snowden specifically, in a national TV interview Monday night, he mounted a spirited defense of the NSA surveillance program at large.
The attacks on the Boston Marathon on Monday left three people dead, an unknown number of people maimed and scores wounded. Law enforcement gathered Tuesday morning to vow to get to the bottom of the attack, but as of yet they have no one in custody.
A textbook distributed to Virginia's fourth graders states that African Americans served in the Confederate Army by the thousands. We talk about where this claim comes from and some books that might do a better job of educating our children.
In fact, much of the U.S. and Western Europe have already suffered through a spate of snowstorms this winter. Michael Allaby, author of the book series "Dangerous Weather," joins us to discuss the impact of blizzards across the country and the world.
At just 24, she put out one of 2008's best indie rock records, We Brave Bee Stings and All and she's touring the country now with her band. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where her mother owns a coin laundromat and dry cleaning business. We sent Jesse Dukes to meet up with Thao and her mother at the laundromat to find out how she grew into a rock star.
Kangaroos, like humans, are one of the only mammals that get around on two legs. But about ten species of this marsupial have also evolved to live in trees. Author Sy Montgomery traveled with scientist Lisa Dabek to the ancient cloud forest of Papua New G