November 21, 2012 While they are minorities, a study found they need higher test scores than whites and other minorities to get into the same schools.
November 21, 2012 Easier access to oral contraceptives could reduce unintended pregnancies, doctors say. But the Food and Drug Administration would have to allow purchases of the pill without a prescription, and that's not going to happen anytime soon.
November 21, 2012 "People who have any brains" will avoid dredging up politics during the holidays, says one psychologist. But in our highly polarized era, family gatherings offer the chance for rare encounters with people who don't already share our partisan leanings.
November 21, 2012 Because Wade Michael Page killed himself, we may never know his motive for opening fire on a temple. In the end, six people were killed. The FBI says there is no evidence his affiliation with white supremacist groups led to the shootings.
November 21, 2012 Today is our day to say "thank you," so here are a couple of appreciations — the first for things that don't change, the second for things that do. There are no people in the first scene, two people in the second. One of them, I should warn you, is a sneaker-wearing swan.
November 21, 2012 Ash is spewing thousands of feet into the air from a volcano in the New Zealand national park where Lord of the Ring's climatic scenes were shot. Scientists are warning that the peak that served as a stand-in for "Mount Doom" may soon erupt.
November 21, 2012 A top fighter in the '80s and '90s, Camacho has run into a series of problems in recent years — including a burglary arrest and conviction. He was shot Tuesday in Puerto Rico. A man with him was killed.
November 21, 2012 The storm cost some people their jobs and forced many to delay filing their claims. The effects will likely continue to be felt for some time.
November 21, 2012 United Nations peacekeepers mostly stood aside as M23 rebels took control of Goma. The fighters are now vowing to move toward the country's capital, Kinshasa.
November 21, 2012 Of the 10 gunman who carried out a three-day siege that left more than 160 people dead, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was the only survivor. He was hanged today, almost four years to the day after the attack.
November 21, 2012 Talk of a cease-fire had been shattered by an attack in Israel and more airstrikes on targets in Gaza. But in Egypt, which had been trying to broker a truce, a deal was announced. Will it last?
November 21, 2012 In what is considered a good-faith gesture, Pakistan last week released at least nine Afghan Taliban prisoners. The move is seen as part of a new strategy by Pakistan as it eyes the looming drawdown of U.S. and Western troops in Afghanistan — and a small but potentially important breakthrough in the peace process.