The polio outbreak in Syria has spread to four cities, and new cases are suspected each day. But U.N. agencies responsible for combating the outbreak can work only with the Syrian government. This limitation has hobbled vaccination efforts in rebel-held regions, where the virus was first detected.
At a restaurant in Indiana, three men added $10,000 to their bar bills. In other places, hundreds and thousands have been added to checks. In recent months, the anonymous benefactors have given away about $54,000. They say they're doing the Lord's work, "one tip at a time."
Since the rollout of HealthCare.gov, many have wondered whether a private company could have avoided the federal site's many pitfalls. Oregon took that route, hiring Silicon Valley titan Oracle to create its state insurance exchange. But two months after its scheduled launch, the website is still not working.
The decision, which reversed a ruling last April by a smaller panel of the court, rejected a TV station's argument invoking the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling of 2010.
During his first three years in office, Vincent Gray has been dogged by a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign. Four people connected to the campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies.
Shoppers spent less this weekend than they did last year, even though many stores were open on Thanksgiving. Analysts are still predicting a strong holiday shopping season, but uncertainty about the economy is making customers uneasy.
The administration is pledging $100 million toward a project to stop HIV infections once and for all. There's growing optimism among scientists that it may be possible to get patients' immune systems to control HIV without drugs, or even to eliminate the virus from the cells of infected people someday.
A woman in Michigan says that a Catholic hospital failed to give her adequate health care when she came to the hospital after her water broke when she was 18 weeks pregnant. That has sparked a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.
More than 1 million people will immediately see their extended federal unemployment benefits cut off if Congress doesn't act by the end of December. Supporters and their Democratic allies in Congress are pushing to keep the emergency program going through 2014, but it will be a tough sell.
At issue are comments the singer made in an interview in which he drew a line between Nazis and Croats. The France-based Croat group calls it "an incitement to hatred." France has strict laws against hate speech.
George Takei introduced the viral video by saying it showed a "what the flock moment."
The online giant says it someday may fly small packages right to customers' homes. That's got many worrying about the potential dangers. So, does this sound like a good or a bad idea?
Left-handedness has been linked to everything from early death to schizophrenia over the past 150 years. While the associations spark curiosity and sometimes concern, it's been difficult to draw solid scientific conclusions, one way or the other.
David Kwiatkowski admitted to infecting syringes with hepatitis C. Prosecutors said the traveling lab tech infected at least 46 people in four states and caused a "national public health crisis."
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Burger King's copycat burger, the Big King, which looks and tastes suspiciously like a McDonald's Big Mac.
The Republican National Commission tweeted Saturday about Parks' "bold stand in ending racism," triggering a snark avalanche. While the gaffe was relatively minor, it plays into the damaging narrative about the Republican Party — that it only pays lip service to the notion of increasing its appeal to minority voters.
A police raid Monday in Reykjavík ended with the death of a man who reportedly shot at police. Though Iceland ranks No. 15 in per capita gun ownership, gun violence is almost unheard of.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee's decision to call it a "holiday tree" has ignited passion in the past. This year, to avoid any anger, Chafee said he'll call the 18-foot blue spruce a Christmas Tree.
A computer game wants you to help survey the world's cropland. The hope is that the map will be used by organizations around the globe that are working with farmers to manage their crops better and get more out of each harvest.
There were hopes over the weekend that ISON might have survived its close encounter with the sun. But "with more than a little sadness," the space agency says, "we have to declare the comet lost."