Secretary of State John Kerry makes a historic trip to Cuba on Friday to raise the flag at the U.S. embassy in Havana. Among the guests are former Marines who took down the U.S. flag down in 1961 when the countries broke relations. We examine how much has changed since a thaw in relations.
China is already an economic force. It's a powerhouse in trade and manufacturing, but it yearns to be more. China's decision to devalue its currency sent financial market around the world tumbling
The not-for-profit company that produces the children's TV show "Sesame Street" has struck a five-year deal with premium cable channel HBO. Older episodes of the show will still be available on PBS.
The yeast produce only tiny amounts of the drug. But eventually, the technology could lead to better painkillers and other medicines. Drug officials worry the microbes could fall into the wrong hands.
The original members of the hip-hop group N.W.A produced the film, which opens nationwide on Friday.
In New Hampshire this week, Hillary Clinton veered from the stump speech for a somber discussion on substance abuse. Nearly everyone in the room had been affected by drugs.
Ten years after the storm some residents have found healing — in the arts, family and new opportunities. Others suffer lingering grief and other difficulties they trace to Katrina.
Curtis Carroll taught himself to read in prison. He also discovered a passion for finance. Now inmates and guards seek out his advice, and everyone calls him Wall Street.
Monica Harwell was the first woman to climb utility poles for Con Edison in New York. The men she worked with didn't think she could do it, but Harwell never let them paint her into a corner.
The USDA is allowing a pork retailer, for the first time, to label products as raised "without the use of ractopamine." It may lead to pressure on farmers to stop using the muscle-promoting drug.
Scientists studying animals in their natural habitats can now just send in a drone with a camera, rather than trudging through rough terrain. But a new study finds that the drones don't go unnoticed.
The event on NRK, Norway's national broadcaster, will only last a week. The project manager says anything more would be "too slow — even for slow TV."
A critic on Twitter said Jane Rosenberg created "the worst sketch of Tom Brady ever." Rosenberg told Boston.com she thinks the outrage over the sketch of the Patriot's quarterback is pretty funny.
In Iraq, a huge bomb exploded Thursday morning in a market in the capital Baghdad. The interior ministry says more than two dozen people were killed. The attack was claimed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
50 years ago this week, race riots broke out in Watts, a Los Angeles neighborhood. Renee Montagne talks to author Walter Mosley about his memories of that time.
This is the best time of year to see meteors streak across the night sky. David Greene talks to Alan MacRobert, a veteran space and science writer, about the annual Perseid meteor shower.
On Friday, Japan's prime minister is expected to make a statement marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender in WWII.
Two enormous explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin (tyan-jihn) killed at least 44 people — including at least 12 firefighters, and injured hundreds. The explosions occurred in warehouses holding toxic materials near the port. Renee talks to Steve Ra (rah), an American English teacher, who lives near the scene of the blasts.
Crime novelist Walter Mosley has family roots in New Orleans. In a conversation with Renee Montagne, he offers his reflections on life in Louisiana, before and after Hurricane Katrina. In an recent essay in "The New York Times," Mosley calls Louisiana his "literary grandsire."
Why do people like play matchmaker? New research finds that matchmaking produces happiness and, the more unlikely the match, the greater the happiness for the matchmaker.