Sister Mary Scullion has helped Philadelphia become one of the most effective cities in dealing with homelessness. Fourth in a four-part series.
Authorities scour abandoned buildings and outdoor sleeping places to find people who need help. Third in a four-part series.
As part of a broader effort to stamp out homelessness, the city focuses on aiding young children and families to break the cycle of destitution. Second in a four-part series.
Targeting specific homeless groups, many urban areas are now focusing on eradicating rather than just managing one of America's most intractable problems. First in a four-part series.
People no longer switch allegiances between parties from election to election, adding to the rise of more-extreme candidates and changing the nature of campaigns.
An ultraconservative Muslim order that preaches nonmilitancy is gaining followers across the region. Does Dawah represent an antidote to Islamic State or another threat to the West?
Bear No. 399 provides a cautionary tale of the revival of the rugged symbol of the American West as Washington considers removing grizzlies from federal protection.
More people are donating small amounts directly to their favorite causes online, bypassing the big philanthropies and changing the culture of giving.
From Hungary to Saudi Arabia to the United States, countries are barricading their borders – defying what was supposed to be an age of globalism.
Living standards are actually rising in America. Here's why the middle class feels so besieged.
Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector in the world. Some see it as the best hope to feed an increasingly over-populated planet.
What the calculations are behind the nuclear pact and where it could lead.
Church attendance is down, but those who go are more devout. Here’s what draws them.
They await the arrival of America's capitalist masses with both desire and dread. Can the world's most committed egalitarian experiment hold?
Following a school chief in New Orleans for one year shows why the job she holds is so tough – and reveals a lot about the state of education in America.
Teeming with problems, cities in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East try a new approach – building private cities from scratch.
On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's first state visit to the US, a China expert lays out how the two great powers can avoid confrontation.
Obama has found his voice on racial issues and is amassing a significant, if controversial, legacy. But don't call him transformative yet.
A new generation of super cells promises to reshape the future of energy.
An engaged populace and a surge of Millennials lead an urban renaissance, though recovery is still not complete.
While US leaders remain bogged down in debate over global warming, local communities are acting on their own to hold back rising seas. Witness Miami Beach's elevated streets.
Forget the fireworks, the tiptoeing around Donald Trump's histrionics, and all the Republican squabbling. Here's what really matters to voters in choosing a president.
Debates over the sincerity of Japan's contrition for aggression 70 years ago fray ties with South Korea and China – and ensnare the United States.
Fleeing war, they travel a perilous route through seven countries by boat, train, bus, car, and on foot in search of a new life.
As 'Go Set a Watchman' is released, the South, even in the distracted age of social media, retains its place as the center of American storytelling.
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