In Big Bend National Park’s Santa Elena Canyon, the Rio Grande separates the United States (left) from Mexico (right).
Instead of building a wall on the US-Mexico border, a landscape architect calls for restoring the Rio Grande and turning its course into an international park – an idea first proposed in the 1930s.
Five generations of a slave family.
On Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the US, a historian dispels myths about the 'peculiar institution' of slavery.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, left, and Mayor Eric Garcetti pose next to an all-electric car in this 2015 photo.
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More than 200 mayors have committed their cities to stick with the Paris climate deal no matter what the US does. Electric vehicles offer a promising route to making good on that pledge.
Lessons from the Lone Star State: A surge in wind power on the Texas grid didn’t cause reliability problems (and brought down electricity prices) because regulators improved the efficiency of wholesale electricity markets.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants to know if wind and solar are compromising the reliability of the grid and hurting coal power. The answer lies in his home state of Texas.
Zika arrives in Brownsville, Texas.
There are likely to be more Zika cases reported in Texas.
A woman protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by Baton Rouge police.
No federal database provides reliable info on deaths that occur in police custody. It’s the same situation in 48 states. But now California and Texas are offering new models of accountability.
A woman wears a cowboy hat emblazoned with a uterus to show her support for abortion care in Texas.
TRAP laws – targeted regulation of abortion providers – have been a way for states to limit abortions. The Supreme Court Monday struck down a Texas TRAP law, saying it did not protect women.
It’s not just power-hungry pot farms: the connection between drugs and oil and gas industry runs deep.
It's not just energy-hungry pot farms: the ties between energy and drugs run deep. Can we develop a national drug policy drawing on the lessons of the domestic oil and gas boom?
An exorcism being performed in Fafe, Portugal.
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The belief in demonic possession – often thought to be a relic of The Dark Ages and the Salem Witch Trials – remains surprisingly mainstream.
Should states test homeschoolers?
Homeschooling regulations vary from state to state. And loopholes in these regulations could excuse parents from actually reporting the results.
Are textbooks having an impact on the framing of race issues?
Textbook language can influence thinking. So, what do some textbooks say on issues of race?
A Spanish street performer dressed as a cowboy. Europeans have long been fascinated with the American West.
A linguist explains how words get co-opted from one language to another.
A line is drawn in Roseburg, Oregon, Oct. 2, 2015.
The shooting in Oregon hit close to home in Texas, where the governor recently signed a law allowing guns in college classrooms.
A massive military exercise is slated to begin this week throughout the southwestern United States, and last for the duration of the summer.
Polls show Americans have become less trusting and more suspicious.
The Bill of Rights.
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Two recent Supreme Court cases on free speech might appear to be at odds with each other, but not if you examine the nuances of the court's decisions
Blame El Niño.
Climate change models predict higher chances of severe rain for Texas and other places in the US, but linking climate and extreme weather is still an immature science, says Texas state climatologist.
Texas: leading the ‘Shale Revolution.’
The US Geological Survey recently confirmed what many people have already felt: that the rapid spread of fracking has led to more earthquakes.
The design of a proposed “Sons of the Confederacy” Texas state license plate is shown in this handout illustration provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles March 20, 2015.
In hearing the case of a group determined to put an image of the Confederacy on a Texas license plate, the Supreme Court again examines the the limits of "offensive" speech.
The debate over fracking in New York state was especially polarized.
Drilling in the Marcellus Shale, and in other unconventional oil and gas formations across the US, has led to a boom in domestic natural gas and oil production -– largely due to advances in high volume…