January 30, 2013 Federal disaster aid could mean billions more for rebuilding eroded beaches. Supporters say doing so offers crucial protection against storms. But longtime critics charge it's counterproductive and a waste of taxpayer dollars, especially in an era of sea-level rise.
December 27, 2012 It was the warmest year on record and brought a series of extreme weather events, from wildfires and floods to drought and a devastating derecho. Polls show a big jump this year in the number of people connecting such disasters with climate change.
December 26, 2012 In 2007, Prince William County, Va., voted to step up police checks aimed at driving out illegal immigrants. The move sparked local outcry and national attention, but five years on, supporters and opponents differ on whether the policy has been a success.
November 29, 2012 The Pew Research Center reports that the U.S. birth rate has hit its lowest level ever, led by a dramatic decline among the foreign-born. The birth rate for Mexican women fell the most, down a stunning 23 percent since the recent recession began in 2007.
November 21, 2012 A new industry of apps is helping parents stay one step ahead of their kids online, monitoring every post, photo and text they send or receive. Some argue this is necessary parental oversight in the modern digital age. Others say it sends the wrong message to kids and can backfire.
October 17, 2012 As America ages, so do the nation's 2.5 million home health aides, leaving the elderly caring for the even more elderly. Clients often request someone closer to their own age, and agencies say older workers are reliable and well-suited to the job.
October 16, 2012 The home care workforce is one of the nation's fastest growing, yet its 2.5 million members — nearly all women — are also among the worst paid. With fears of a labor shortage as baby boomers age, there are efforts to make the job more attractive.
September 26, 2012 Two new Republican groups are bucking their party's widespread rejection of climate science. They're targeting young people, warning of the national security risks of fossil fuel dependence, and touting free market ideas to deal with global warming.
August 7, 2012 Strict regulations to combat baby-selling and fraud have meant the process of adopting a child can take much longer. Many nations also now feel stigmatized for sending babies abroad. As a result, some advocates say, many children are languishing in orphanages.