Pope Francis on Thursday named climate change as 'one of the principal challenges facing humanity.' With conservative Catholics already tuning out, the papal encyclical serves as a test of the pope's moral authority, theologians say.
South Carolina church shooting: Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen says the white suspect who fatally shot nine people - six women and three men - Wednesday at a black church stayed for almost an hour before gunfire erupted.
On Tuesday, Rachel Dolezal addressed the furor over her racial identity. Though instances of 'reverse passing' are rare, over the decades white people have changed their cultural identity, and sometimes appearance.
Recent polling shows Americans think the moral tone in the US is bad and getting worse. Still, people are becoming more tolerant regarding certain controversial moral issues, including premarital sex, stem cell research, and euthanasia.
Rachel Dolezal, the leader of a local chapter of a US group advocating for the rights of African Americans is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black.