US & World

Your workout data might be helping cities build safer streets

As more people bike, cities are working on ways to keep them safe alongside cars. Now, transportation planners are turning to data from apps that cyclists and runners use to track themselves.

Celebrating Mother's Day? Make sure date's right

Many countries in the world celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, but it's not the global norm. Turns out it has to do with the origins of the celebration, historical events and culture.

Aid groups criticize US plan to ship peanuts to feed Haitian kids

On paper, the USDA's plan to send surplus peanuts to feed 140,000 malnourished Haitian school children sounds commendable. But aid groups say it could devastate Haiti's peanut farmers.

Sailors can get more ink under new Navy regulations

Beginning this month, tattoo enthusiasts who serve in the U.S. Navy can ink a lot more of their bodies. The new policy is designed to help recruit millennials.

Driverless cars? Yawn. The Navy's testing unmanned ships

The Navy and military research outfit DARPA will test the world's largest unmanned surface vessel, a 132-foot submarine- and mine-hunter, off the coast of San Diego for the next two years.

Why millennials care about politics

Who's doing the best job of appealing to the millennial voting bloc?

2015 saw a decrease in religious freedom around the world

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says the refugee crisis, political strife and economic dislocation contributed to a worldwide deterioration of religious freedom.

CIA recreates Osama bin Laden raid 5 years later on Twitter

The Internet isn't sure that reconstructing the raid through tweets was the best idea. However you remember that day, here are some things to keep in mind.

Up In flames: Kenya burns more than 100 tons of ivory

Nearly 30 years ago, Kenya burned 12 tons of ivory to try to halt the illegal ivory trade. Today it's burning 100 tons. How much difference does burning ivory make?

Why is this Passover different from past ones?

That's not one of the four questions asked at the Seder, but it's a good question — and there's a timely answer.

Ecuador residents, aid workers facing aftershocks, trauma

Almost a week after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, the death toll has now reached almost 600.

Harriet Tubman is your new $20 bill hero

This follows a campaign asking for a woman to be placed on paper currency and months of deliberation to either replace Hamilton on the $10 bill or Jackson on the $20 bill.

Peabody Awards go to NPR, 'This American Life,' among others

The awards, which honor excellence in electronic media, are given to journalism as well as entertainment programs.

Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

More than a foot of rain submerges scores of subdivisions and several major highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power to thousands of residents.

Where to donate money for Japan, Ecuador earthquake relief

Massive earthquakes that rattled both Japan and Ecuador left many dead in both countries. Here are a few ways you can help relief efforts.

California student says airline removed him for speaking Arabic

A UC Berkeley student and former Iraqi refugee says he was unfairly removed from a flight in L.A. this month after having a conversation in Arabic.