Stories for July 21, 2013
Access to the polls has not always been assured for all Americans, and before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many were subjected to so-called literacy tests and poll tax.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is fighting for her bill to curb sexual assaults in the military. Her measure would give independent military prosecutors, rather than commanders, the power to decide which cases should be tried in military court.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he's not expecting the federal government to offer a bailout for bankrupt Detroit and doesn't think it would be a good idea anyway.
IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities are urging about 20 homeowners to evacuate because of flooding and mudslide risks after a Southern California wildfire.
Evan Mallett is hovering over some plants in a Victorian-era greenhouse in Portsmouth, N.H.
Police in Ohio have discovered three bodies wrapped in plastic in a Cleveland suburb.
Wildfires were once essential to the American West. Prairies and forests burned regularly, and those fires not only determined the mix of flora and fauna that made up the ecosystem, but they regenerated the land.
Arlington County, Va., wants more female firefighters. The fire department there has even set up a camp to inspire potential recruits. Donning helmets and matching camp shirts, teenage girls line up to watch a demonstration: A model room with furniture is ablaze.
When a young Indian-American woman walked into the funky L.A. jewelry boutique Tarina Tarantino, store manager Lauren Twisselman thought she was just like any other customer. She didn't realize the woman was actress and writer Mindy Kaling.
As soon as he made his remarks on race Friday, President Obama found himself part of intense conversation around the nation.
No, you aren't imagining it: There is indeed less leg room on some airplanes than there used to be.