Depending on where you live, you might be able to vote for your local coroner this election season. About 1,600 counties across the U.S. still elect coroners, and that means candidates have to be popular before they can start signing death certificates.
As a way to bring new people to the chuch, a few mainline churches are experimenting with informal services centered around craft beer. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an attempt to do church differently.
Latinos are three times as likely to be uninsured than white Minnesota residents, making them a key demographic for the state's new online health insurance marketplace. Health workers hope to encourage questions and provide answers by heading out onto the streets — and even into hair salons.
The rate of heroin use is up, and federal data shows that nearly 80 percent of people using the illegal drug had previously abused prescription painkillers. One doctor says addiction to painkillers must be treated — and prescriptions regulated — in part to stymie the draw to heroin.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took to Capitol Hill this week to try and explain the botched rollout of the website that is central to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. And despite apologies and mea culpas, the Obama administration is dealing with new questions about its grasp of technology — and even about the president's veracity.
Nearly 1,000 scheduled flights and 100,000 passengers were affected at Los Angeles International Airport, where a gunman on Friday killed a TSA agent and wounded others. On Saturday afternoon, a major terminal in one of the nation's busiest airports finally reopened, FBI agents continued their investigation, and thousands of passengers tried to catch their flights.
With the federal insurance exchanges still a mess, some uninsured people are turning to local groups to figure out how and where to purchase insurance. In Florida, a lack of coordination among different agencies is leaving room for dubious outfits to enter the scene.
The late-night sketch comedy show is coming under new criticism. Should Saturday Night Live include more black, female comedians because it's the "right thing to do?"
By day, he's in charge of a small mosque in a village in southeastern Turkey. By night, Ahmet Tuzer becomes the lead singer in the band FiRock, which mixes Sufi mysticism and psychedelic rock.
Already at war for more almost three years, Syria is facing another scourge. At least a dozen cases of polio have been confirmed so far, and experts fear the childhood disease could quickly engulf the entire country and spread beyond its borders.