Mars had more of the key minerals needed to get life going, a researcher says. He theorizes that some of the rocks that have traveled from the Red Planet to Earth had those elements and gave life here a kick start.
The Dutch social affairs minister warned recently about the negative consequences of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. The debate comes as the Netherlands — and Europe — still feels the effects of the global recession.
Yasin Bhatkal, a co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen, is arrested in what authorities have described as a major blow to Islamic terrorism in the region.
For Venus Williams, a three-hour tennis match came down to a third-set tiebreaker against Zheng Jie of China at the U.S. Open Wednesday night. But the world's former No. 1 player couldn't get past 44 unforced errors, and Zheng outlasted her in a rain-delayed match.
The Chinese city is trying something new to placate tourists disappointed by the curtain of smog that now envelops the classic skyline.
A group of Israeli soldiers who diverted their patrol into a dancehall earlier this week are facing their bosses' displeasure, after video captured the men — armed, wearing helmets and other gear — dancing with dozens of Palestinians in a club in Hebron. They were drawn into the building by hearing the dance hit "Gangnam Style."
There's been a sharp upward revision in the estimate of how fast gross domestic product expanded. Stronger exports helped push GDP up at a 2.5 percent annual rate.
Echoing previous comments by the Obama administration, British intelligence officials have now also said there's no other logical conclusion. Read their report.
In 50 cities across the nation, many employees at fast-food restaurants have pledged to walk out. They're hoping to draw attention to their campaign for an increase in the minimum wage.
Though the massive fire around Yosemite National Park is now 30 percent contained, it will take more time to surround the blaze. Meanwhile, smoke is making the air unhealthy to breathe across a large area of Northern California and Nevada.
The former defense secretary, who led the Pentagon when the U.S. went to war with Iraq, is critical of how the current administration is handling the run-up to what are expected to be military strikes on targets in Syria.
With his knack for making crude and intemperate remarks, Gov. Paul LePage has become a lightning rod for controversy. Yet no one is willing to count him out in his re-election campaign.
California used to attract millions of newcomers, but now more people are moving away. They're taking a more progressive strain of politics with them to places like Colorado and Nevada.
The Earth's average annual temperature has been rising for decades, but not in the last 15 years — colder winters and hotter summers notwithstanding. Now scientists offer evidence that this "pause" in average warming is because a cooler Pacific is temporarily taking up more heat than usual.
It's been eight years since the hurricane devastated the city's Lower 9th Ward. Resident Ronald Lewis says rebuilding is a story still in progress. In a shed in his backyard, he's collected New Orleans memorabilia, evidence "of the resilience of the people."
Dumplings are a huge part of Chinese culinary tradition, and restaurants there cater to the nation's obsession with a dazzlingly array of dumpling shapes and fillings, including green frogs stuffed with bullfrog meat and a flock of birds filled with roasted Beijing duck.
Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents. For these workers, current wages are hardly enough to support them, let alone their families.
New York City public advocate Bill de Blasio has surged to a commanding lead among Democratic primary voters. De Blasio's timing couldn't be better. In less than two weeks, those voters will go the polls to begin choosing the successor to Michael Bloomberg.
Automakers have set up shop in Silicon Valley and are looking to the digital world as a way to lure younger drivers. Car companies are looking outside their industry to learn how make cars an extension of all the services millennials already love.
The Onion, which turns 25 on Thursday, was founded by two Madison, Wis., college students as a local satirical newspaper "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons," says its editor-in-chief. But the self-proclaimed "America's Finest News Source" became much more than that.