America's National Park Service maintain some 84 million acres of land, 4.5 million acres of oceans and lakes and countless miles of rivers and seashores — and it's growing. This summer, three monuments were added to the National Park Service and two more were put under the care of the Bureau of Land Management.
Like Ohio and Texas, places where Republican majorities are trying to pass anti-abortion legislation, residents of North Carolina are showing up in groups to protest the legislature's actions. The protests, called "Moral Mondays," have been going on for more than ten weeks and have resulted in hundreds of arrests.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court has a PR problem. Its very existence as a "secret court" has rankled critics, who've demanded greater transparency. James Carr, who served on the court from 2002 to 2008 has offered his own solution to mend the public's confidence in the court.
Amish communities live a simple life, and mostly shun modern technology. But in Carroll County, Ohio, many Amish farms sit on top of rich gas shale beds, and most Amish there welcome fracking, and its rewards.
The struggle between government surveillance and personal privacy has been hotly contested this year. The question is no longer what government is capable of but what it will limit itself to. In Ohio, police conducted 2,600 searches based on previously secret facial recognition technology.
The United States has lost about a third of its manufacturing jobs since 2001, many to foreign competition. To help stem this, the president is touting a national network of regional "manufacturing hubs" based on a German model.
First-trimester abortions were decriminalized in Mexico City six years ago. Anti-abortion activists launched a counter-offensive across Mexico. Investigative journalist Kathryn Joyce has traveled to Mexico City to look at the abortion wars there.
Offshore wind power has huge potential in the United States, but few wind farm projects are being approved. Now, a project on Lake Erie that once looked promising has lost federal grant money and may also be in jeopardy.
Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system has been citied with keeping casualty counts in Israel relatively low in the latest violence. But is it prolonging the crisis overall? That story and more in today's Global Scan.
When Evanna Hu and her family came to the US, they were poor. She just didn’t know it because she was surrounded by other low-income immigrant families in Columbus, Ohio. Here's the story of her first days in America.