Both parties are trying to appeal to Hispanics. And there's a big reason for that — they are one of the fastest-growing minority groups in the U.S. and have the power to remake future elections.
A pipeline rupture spilled some 21,000 gallons of crude about 20 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara. Some beaches were evacuated, and it's unclear if they will reopen in time for Memorial Day.
Observing the night sky is like looking through a time machine; every image comes from a different past — a kaleidoscope of times — each telling a different story, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.
Also: An oil spill fouls the California coast; North Korea claims it miniaturized nuclear weapons; and the latest from the Eurovision Song Contest.
The "boat people," as they've been called, have been stranded at sea for weeks with little food or water. Indonesia and Malaysia say they will take them in temporarily.
Neal Stephenson's new epic starts big and gets bigger. Critic Jason Sheehan says that while the book can bog down in details, if the world really were ending, you'd want Stephenson by your side.
Finnish sci-fi author Hannu Rajaniemi's new collection spans everything from haunted spacesuits to the HMV logo. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says her only criticism is that not every story is perfect.
Indianapolis is honoring its own. After three decades, David Letterman is retiring from his late-night CBS show. Wednesday is his final broadcast.
President Obama is expected to discuss the dangers of climate change when he delivers the commencement address today at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Calvin Stanley was desperate to get rid of a loose tooth. He tried a bow and arrow with dental floss. Next he tried fishing line. It worked. His dad told KRT-TV that it took an hour to find the tooth.
The charities have been charged with bilking consumers out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission along with every state and the District of Columbia brought the charges.
Steve Inskeep talks to Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent and CEO of The Soufan Group, about how the U.S. should shape its strategy to stop the self-proclaimed Islamic State from taking Iraqi cities.
Two former U.S. diplomats argue it's time to think of China less as a trading partner and more as a threat. Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis about a paper they co-wrote.
A 32-page indictment by federal prosecutors charges the six with economic espionage and trade secret theft. They are accused of stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.
Twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island before it closed as an inspection station in 1954. The museum is expanding to tell the history of immigration to the U.S. in more recent decades.
Legislation was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after the city of Denton voted to restrict fracking. Denton officials say oil companies should not wield more power than citizens.
Democrats are moving to raise the liability cap on Amtrak accidents, which was set at $200 million 18 years ago. They say the cap prevents full compensation for last week's derailment in Philadelphia.
In a vote of 14-1, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city's minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. More than 40 percent of the workforce earns less than the hourly wage.
Meet Caroline Solomon, an associate professor of biology at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The White House's new plan to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.