A preliminary review by the Veteran Affairs' inspector general has found that inappropriate scheduling practices are a systemic problem. The scandal is a serious political problem for the White House.
Staffers at the Library of Congress have been looking for 250 books that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. He gave these books and several thousand more to start the library more than 200 years ago.
Poet, performer and activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in North Carolina. Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era.
In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, the president says U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century should focus on diplomacy and counter-terrorism rather than large-scale military operations.
In late January, police officers in Lodi, Calif. shot and killed a Sikh-American Army veteran who was mentally ill. The shooting left many unanswered questions and divided the local Sikh community.
Mental health programs are getting extra attention after the killing spree in California. A law in the state lets authorities mandate care in some cases. Here are the questions it's raised.
Angelou refused to speak for much of her childhood and revealed the scars of her past in her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She opened doors for black and female writers.
Bill Murray's advice: If you find "the one," travel the world with her and if you can still stand each other when you get back home, get married at the airport.
Inspectors making rounds where the British and Italian teams plan to stay, say they seized dozens of pounds of butter, salmon, shrimp and ham — all past the expiration date.
This summer in Minnesota's Twin Cities, a new kind of food truck is on the streets. Instead of selling food, this truck is collecting it and giving it to people who need it.
It's been suspected that judges are swayed by their personal beliefs and affiliations. An analysis found that judges become more likely to rule in "pro-feminist" ways if the judges have daughters.
Authorities have released the full data logs of communication from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and satellites. The release came in response to pressure from families, who have been mistrustful of the official investigation. What do the documents show, and where are they in the search for the missing plane?
President Obama delivers the commencement address at West Point on Wednesday. Aides say he'll use the opportunity to spell out his broad vision of foreign policy and America's role in the world.
The country's tallest skyscraper is having trouble findings tenants. The landlords at 1 World Trade Center say they're dropping the rent because the building — scheduled to open this year — is more than 40 percent vacant. That's raising new questions about another skyscraper at the site, 3 World Trade Center, which is still under construction.
Pakistan's premier TV anchorman Hamid Mir is recovering from six bullet wounds. About a month ago, he was shot by motorcycle gunmen while he was being driven through Karachi. Mir immediately blamed Pakistan's spy agency for the shooting. The decision by his employer, Geo TV, to publicize that allegation triggered a scandal that's snowballed into a crisis over press freedom and the role of the media in Pakistan.
Ukrainian troops have retaken the Donetsk airport after heavy fighting with rebels. Ukrainian officials claim Russia is behind much of the violence, allowing truckloads of fighters to cross unimpeded from Russia into Ukraine.
The word "fracking" was among 149 words officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this month. Despite this news, the word's spelling and meaning remain controversial. Environmental activists often play up its unseemly connotations, while those in the oil and gas industry sometimes use it to downplay well-documented problems with gas development.
The Security Council has voted to change the United Nation's role in South Sudan from nation building to civilian protection. Thousands of civilians have been killed in months of ethnic fighting.
President Obama announced on Tuesday a plan to leave a residual force of 9,800 service members in Afghanistan beyond 2014. By 2016, most troops will be out of the country.