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Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:06

People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:04

Health is not just about trips to the doctor, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Housing, stress and abuse are factors.

Arizona state Sen. Andy Biggs flips through redistricting maps during a special legislative committee hearing to discuss the state commission's proposed maps in 2011.
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:03

Although the court has viewed gerrymandering of legislative districts as a practice that deprives citizens of fair representation, it's also thrown up its hands when it comes to policing the practice.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, photographed in Washington, D.C., on February 26.
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:02

In an exclusive interview, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf remembers how Liberia was "the poster child of everything that could go wrong." But people lived up to the local proverb: "Go fix it."

Lincoln has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in revitalizing its downtown, a historic area called Haymarket, to create a more culturally vibrant urban center that is helping the city keep and attract young adults.
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 02:58

The unemployment rate in Lincoln, Neb., is one of lowest in the U.S., thanks to a well-educated workforce. The focus now is on finding workers and keeping young people from leaving.

Minnie Miñoso smiles in front of a sculpture of him before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field. Major League Baseball's first black Latino star, Miñoso died March 1, 2015.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 19:46

Miñoso, known as the Cuban Comet and Mr. White Sox, was a seven-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover whose major league career spanned five decades.

Dean Winters, left, and Josh Duhamel are not your father's mismatched buddy cops, on the new CBS show <em>Battle Creek</em>.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 19:37

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.

Freedom House paramedics, who first were deployed in the 1960s, provided a crucial service for Pittsburgh residents. The program became a national model for emergency medical transport and care.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 16:19

The groundbreaking ambulance service was created in the 1960s as the city struggled with racial tensions and poor medical transport. It trained African-American men to provide crucial emergency care.

<a href="http://www.julissaarce.com">Julissa Arce</a>'s tourist visa expired when she was 14. She excelled in high school, college and at Goldman Sachs for years before she finally became a U.S. citizen.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 16:19

Julissa Arce was a stellar student and an even better financial analyst, but she was scared to go to work every day. "Maybe today's the day someone's going to find out," she feared.

How do siblings get around the "no touching" rule during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone? Alex and Jen Tran grabbed a rare hug when they were geared up for training.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 16:19

He's an epidemiologist. She's a nurse. And both of them felt compelled to head off to West Africa to battle the virus.

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 15:41

The Secretary of State said the Israeli prime minister is welcome to speak in the U.S. and that the White House does not want to see his address to Congress become "a political football."

Survivors of an avalanche walk in the Abdullah Khil village of the Dara district of Panjshir province on Sunday. Nearly 200 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 14:05

The latest avalanches, in the Panjshir Valley north of the capital, Kabul, have cut off villages in the area for almost a week.

A user prepares to roll a marijuana cigarette on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes in the District of Colombia on Thursday.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 12:23

A Pew Research Center survey shows that 63 percent of Republicans under the age of 34 favor legalization.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 10:10

President Nicolas Maduro accused Washington of "gringo" meddling and placed several individuals, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Marco Rubio on a list of people banned from the country.

Astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station on Wednesday.
Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00

Two American astronauts at the Space Station are outside the craft for the last of three jobs aimed at paving the way to receive a new generation of crew modules beginning in 2017.

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