August 12, 2012 Kenya's winning marathoners mainly fill up on high-carb vegetarian dishes like ugali, a cornmeal mush, and githeri, boiled corn and kidney beans. It's a bland diet, but it seems to help them excel at middle- and long-distance running.
August 4, 2012 Children with disabilities — estimated at more than 1 million — are shunned in Kenya as curses from God, shut away and largely neglected. Some nonprofits are helping these children and their families. But such programs are just a drop in the ocean given Kenya's paucity of basic human services.
July 8, 2012 Ranchers endured a tough time during the seven-year Texas drought in the 1950s. But last year was the hottest, driest period in the record books. As the state braces for another arid summer, it is getting more serious about finding new sources of water.
July 7, 2012 Texas farmers were boggled in the 1950s when rain refused to fall for seven years. Crops and livestock suffered from the drought, which later spurred water planning initiatives so the state could survive in the event of another dry spell. Some growers still recall what's colloquially called "the drouth."
June 23, 2012 The Angola Prison Drama Club performed a play unlike any other in the prison's experience. Seventy inmates took part in The Life of Jesus Christ. For the untrained actors, this production held special meaning, as they saw pieces of their own lives revealed in the characters they played.
June 7, 2012 The front-runner in Mexico's presidential race says his party, the PRI, has changed since it was ousted from power in 2000. Many Mexicans yearn for the peace and order the country experienced under PRI rule. But others worry about the rampant corruption that brought about the party's downfall.
May 9, 2012 Four Mexican journalists who covered the police beat in crime-ridden Veracruz were recently killed, adding to the long list of slain reporters. Critics say government efforts to protect journalists have been ineffective. Amid the fear, self-censorship is on the rise.
April 24, 2012 One month after a federal court ordered sweeping changes at a troubled juvenile prison in Mississippi, the company managing the prison is out. The Justice Department describes "systemic, egregious and dangerous practices" at Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.