A court-appointed federal monitor will no longer oversee hiring in the city of Chicago. A federal judge ruled that the city has put in place enough safeguards to minimize patronage in Chicago government jobs. It took 45 years of court orders and consent decrees, but political reformers say that patronage, which once built a powerful democratic machine, is slowly becoming a thing of the past.
In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and telling locals that soon they'll trade their masks for regular uniforms. In Tal Afar, where locals are Shiite and less sympathetic to ISIS, a bloody takeover has ensued instead.
In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and otherwise restoring order. But the mixed Shiite and Sunni town of Tal Afar has already seen the brutal face of ISIS.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law may prohibit someone from buying a gun for another person — whether or not the other person is legally allowed to purchase a gun.
Security software that's meant to prevent data loss in firms is shifting the focus to employee behavior, monitoring activity round-the-clock in search of bad intent. But will bosses go too far?
An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.
Richard Martinez made national news when he railed against politicians. Earlier this month, he made good on his promise to meet with the killer's dad to talk about how they could make things better.
A new HBO drama, God Save Texas, is set to take the chaos and color of the Texas political scene to the small screen.
The defendants were accused of planning an October attack in which a car plowed into a crowd near the Forbidden City and then burst into flames.
A San Francisco Giants fan snatched the homer on Father's Day while holding his 1-year-old son. One day earlier, another Giants fan caught a foul ball while also holding a child.
Strokes come in two varieties, and drugs that treat one type can be deadly for the other. An experimental device could help get the right treatment to patients while they're still in ambulances.
The Army appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl to investigate facts and circumstances involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban. The team won't interrogate Bergdahl in the near future.
Andy Marra writes passionate essays about her experiences as a transgender woman. For the regular segment 'In Your Ear,' she shares some of the jams that help get her thoughts on paper.
Law professor Randall Kennedy's memories of the Jim Crow South include his mother packing food to avoid stopping on long trips. He says the symbolism of these little moments is still important today.
When singer R. Kelly's teenager revealed himself as a transgender boy, the blogosphere erupted. Writer and activist Janet Mock discusses the do's and don'ts of writing about transgender minors.
President Obama is promoting new initiatives to improve education for Native American students. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, has the details.
As the violence in Iraq begins to close in on Baghdad, host Michel Martin learns more about the conflict from The Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi, and former U.S. interpreter Tariq Abu Khumra.
Ghana has booted the U.S. team from the past two World Cups. The game in the Brazilian city of Natal is a critical one for the Americans to have any hope advancing out of Group G.
Iran and six world powers have set a July 20 deadline for reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program. With the clock ticking, here's a look at the main obstacles.
Gwynn, known as "Mr. Padre," flirted with a .400 batting average in 1994. Over his career, he earned eight National League batting titles and had 3,141 hits. He was 54.