A commission report this week found that incarcerated young people — most of them black and Hispanic — face a high risk of assault and victimization behind bars and an increased risk of suicide.
The Japanese government is facing a ransom demand of $200 million for the lives of two Japanese men held by the self-described Islamic State. The demand was made in a video posted online, in which a hooded fighter gave Japan 72 hours to come up with the money.
When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, there's likely to be a deep partisan divide on many of the proposals. Trade is one area where Republicans will be applauding while many Democrats are sitting on their hands.
A preview of what to listen for in President Obama's State of the Union address.
As much as 50,000 gallons of oil has spilled into the Yellowstone River in Montana. Those who live in surrounding cities have been told not to drink tap water. In 2011, more than 60,000 gallons of oil spilled in the same river.
The third and final phase of the civil trial against BP opened on Tuesday. The last segment will determine the amount of fines BP will pay in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S.-Cuba talks start Wednesday to revive a relationship that has been frozen in time. Cuba policy is likely to feature prominently in President's Obama's State of the Union address.
Haiti's President Martelly has formed a new government that he rules by decree. He's appointed some new ministers and a prime minister but hasn't said when new elections will happen. The U.S. has pledged it's backing of Martelly, but many are worried that the continuing political turmoil is hurting reconstruction efforts.
Yemen has once again been plunged into chaos as rebels reportedly have taken the presidential palace. The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Iran all have an important stake in the troubled country.
Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated live near others who do the same, a study finds. That increases the risk that children will become infected, even if they've had their shots.
The court said a ban on beards violated the prisoner's religious freedom. The state of Arkansas had argued that the beard presented security concerns and that it could be used to hide contraband.
Clinton began his seventh year with a unique if dubious distinction: He was the only president ever to give a State of the Union speech with impeachment charges pending against him in the Senate.
On his return from a week-long trip to Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the church's ban on artificial means of birth control and said Catholics should practice "responsible parenthood."
The four men, all in their 20s, are accused of providing logistical support to Ahmed Coulibaly, the gunman who took hostages at a Kosher supermarket during the Jan. 7-9 Paris attacks.
The Queens of Africa are based on Nigeria's three largest groups — Igbo, Yuruba and Hausa — and each has traits meant to empower the girls who play with them.
Children who live in inner cities in the Northeast are much more likely to have asthma. But a wider look finds that poor children in the suburbs are at high risk, too.
Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.
Hospitals in the state are among the leaders in developing alternatives to medical liability litigation. A recently enacted law helps consumers who want to challenge hospitals and doctors.
It comes days after up to 50,000 gallons of oil spilled from a break in a pipeline along the Yellowstone River. Saturday's spill is the second in the river since 2011.
The Associated Press is calling the "shelling ... a dramatic escalation in the violence that has gripped Sanaa since Monday." Some Yemeni officials are calling the rebels' move "a coup."