Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.
In the Kurdish city of Halabja, young men have been disappearing to join ISIS. It's a trend the authorities don't really want to discuss. But they are clamping down to try to make it stop.
"Reshoring," or bringing U.S. jobs back from overseas, is not as prevalent as has been reported, a consulting firm's research finds. The study found a total of 300 cases from 2013.
The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?
Tensions between police and communities of color are grabbing the nation's attention — all the way up to the White House. The Obama administration has announced a new task force to tackle the problem.
The country's inflation rate is running around 40 percent this year, according to private economists. As a hedge, Argentines are always looking for ways to get their hands on U.S. dollars.
The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.
In the face of abuse concerns, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than in 2011. Top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges.
A Dutchman planned to use a crane to perch himself outside his girlfriend's window. He wanted to serenade her before popping the question. Even though the crane tipped over, she said yes.
The royals, however, won't be eating them. A palace spokesperson said, "fungi from the garden are not used in the palace kitchens."
Chinese social network site YY originally allowed customers to watch other people play video games, but users realized the site had more potential. It could be a place to perform virtual karaoke.
What toys are most in demand this holiday season? Toy analyst Sean McGowen follows the industry and tells David Greene what's hot, and what toys have made a comeback.
It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.
Over the weekend Congress voted on measures to keep the government running. While members of the House and Senate were trying to get out of the nation's capital for the holidays, some lawmakers alienated colleagues by trying to sink the bills with roadblocks to draw attention to their issues.
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe's resignation may be too late to repair the political damage to the president. Protests have increased over long overdue elections and allegations of corruption.
In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.
Oil production has been booming in Texas, fueled by technological advances. But the fall in oil prices will slow things down. The coming year is likely to see a weeding out of the weakest producers.
In New York, the state's attorney general wants the power to appoint special prosecutors in cases of killings by police. But many police officers and DAs don't like the idea.
The city of Libby was home to a mine that blanketed residents in asbestos dust for decades. After years of cleanup, the Environmental Protection Agency now says most of the risk is gone.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.