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Obama, From ‘Deporter in Chief’ to ‘Gracias’

President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, before traveling to Del Sol High School to speaks about the steps he will be taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, before traveling to Del Sol High School to speaks about the steps he will be taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s carefully cultivated Hispanic coalition was starting to splinter. Immigration legislation was going nowhere. Deportations under Obama were nearing 2 million. And the...

  • Jonah Pournazarian (L) and Dylan Siegel (R) in an undated family photo. (Courtesy David Siegel)

    8-Year-Old Raises Almost $1M to Save His Friend’s Life

    LOS ANGELES—Eight-year-old Dylan Siegel’s best friend since preschool is Jonah Pournazarian. A few years ago, Dylan found out that Jonah had a rare liver condition... Read more

  • People shop along Broadway on Dec. 2, 2013, in New York City. According to the National Retail Federation, retail spending over the Thanksgiving weekend fell for the first time in at least seven years. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Use Less Stuff: An Interview With Sustainability Expert Bob Lilienfeld

    Use Less Stuff Day is celebrated in America on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. As the holidays can mark a peak of consumerism and waste, ULS... Read more

  • Elizabeth Jones (L) and her daughter Taylor Jones (R), 19, attend a candlelight vigil to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Montgomery, Ala., on Oct. 1, 2014. Taylor Jones said she was a victim of domestic violence when she was 15-years-old and now stands against domestic violence as an International Junior Miss Teen. Jones says that she started an organization called TIARA Charities (Teens In-action Against Relationship Abuse) in hopes to bring abuse awareness to her community. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Better Strategies Sought to Curb Domestic Violence

    On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game. “One of the biggest components of... Read more

  • A suspected smuggler brings alleged illegal Salvadoran immigrants, most of them minors, across the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States in Mission, Texas, on July 24, 2014. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Immigration’s Legal Labyrinth: The Agony of Discretion

    NEW YORK—”What do we want?” “Administrative relief!” “When do we want it?” “Right now!” Thus chanted a group of pro-immigration activists at the headquarters of... Read more

  • Left: "Jeune fille se defendant contre l’amour," 1880, by William Bouguereau. Oil on canvas. University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Right: "Jeune fille se defendant contre l’amour" (drawing), by William Bouguereau, 13 9/16 x 9 1/4 in Black Chalk and White Gouache on Paper. Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA. (Courtesy of Art Renewal Center)

    William Bouguereau Exhibition to Open in Florida’s Flagler Museum, January

    The Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Fla. will be holding an exhibition titled Bouguereau’s Fancies: Allegorical and Mythological Works by the French Master which will... Read more

  • Ryan Lambert talks about working two-week rotations in the western North Dakota oil patch at his home in Spearfish, S.D, on Sept. 30, 2014. Lambert is among a growing number of oil patch workers who are choosing to live in the scenic Black Hills in South Dakota instead of the the hectic boomtowns in North Dakota. (AP Photo/Kevin Burbach)

    Oil Boom in N. Dakota Spreads Wealth, but Also Growing Pains

    SPEARFISH, S.D.—Ryan Lambert wants to reap the benefits of the booming Bakken oil region of western North Dakota — but he doesn’t want to live there. “Do my time... Read more

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Journalist Lara Logan of CBS News questions U.S. Soldiers in Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq November 17, 2006.

    Female Journalists’ Burdens and Blessings

    These days, professional women don’t typically discuss their gender in the same breath as their job. The past few decades of progress related to protections... Read more

  • This undated photo provided by the Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University, shows a male Calliope Hummingbird. The perfecting of placing tiny numbered bands on hummingbirds' legs in the last decade has led researchers to discover the birds can live longer than 10 years as opposed to the two or three once thought likely. (AP Photo/Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University, Liz Urban)

    Insights on Hummingbird Travel, Life Span Revealed

    BOISE, Idaho—Hummingbirds are giving up some of their secrets. The perfecting of placing tiny numbered bands on their legs in the last decade has led researchers... Read more

  • In this Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Thomas Frieden attends via teleconference as President Barack Obama speaks to the media about Ebola during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Dr. Albert Wu and others say there are signs that Americans have retreated from widespread Ebola panic and have reached a kind of equilibrium when it comes to the hemorrhagic fever that is ravaging parts of West Africa. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

    For Americans, Ebola Still Very Much Foreign Thing

    Ebola isn’t leading American newspapers and newscasts much these days. Dr. Albert Wu thinks that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If he was cynical, says... Read more

  • In this file photo, a man uses his cell phone as he drives through traffic in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Survey Finds People Text and Drive Knowing Dangers

    SAN FRANCISCO—Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Many people do it anyway. In an AT&T-sponsored survey of drivers who text daily — regardless of where they are — 98 percent said they were... Read more

  • Woman is seen through an American flag as she walks into the Elmodel precinct to cast her ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Elmodel, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Sour Mood Rippling Across Country on Election Day

    It’s only fitting: Check in with voters at Our Mother of Sorrows church in Louisville, Kentucky, to get a sense of the sour mood rippling across the country this Election Day. Seventy-four-year-old Jim Brinley,... Read more

  • Honeybee numbers are dropping so steeply that some species are believed extinct. Gardeners can help by adding plants that flower both early and late in the season, like rosemary. (Dean Fosdick/AP Photo)

    Save Water and Local Pollinators With ‘Bee-Friendly’ Lawns

    LOS ANGELES—Pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, affect 35 percent of the world’s food production, according to a recent study published in the Royal Society’s... Read more

  • Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2013. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Countless Victims of Labor Trafficking ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ 

    WASHINGTON—A new report from the Urban Institute and Northeastern University investigates labor trafficking victim abuse and exploitation from the victims’ perspective. “Understanding the Organization, Operation,... Read more

  • Pastor Charles Burton lies on the driveway at the Ferguson, Mo., police station as a chalk drawing is made as a memorial to Michael Brown, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Ferguson Braces for New Public Reaction

    When the grand jury decision is announced in early November about whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted in the August shooting death... Read more

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    Homeless Youth Problem Misunderstood

    WASHINGTON—For 40 years, the federal government has sought to end youth homelessness beginning with the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act in 1974. “Before [the Act]... Read more

  • The sun sets beyond the Los Angeles skyline, as seen from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 2011. The relocation of tech companies to southern California is part of a growing movement of US cities seeking to duplicate the formula that turned northern California’s Silicon Valley, slightly south of San Francisco, into a mecca of society-shifting innovation and immense wealth. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    ‘Silicon Beach’ Brings Tech Boom to Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES—So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the... Read more