A damaged Confederate statue lies on a pallet in a warehouse in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, after protesters yanked it off its pedestal in front of a government building.
AP Photo/Allen Breed
Where do old Confederate statues go when they die? The former Soviet bloc countries could teach the US something about dealing with monuments from a painful past.
Demonstrators protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, on March 26.
The US public is more aware than ever of partisan gerrymandering, and they're pushing local governments to make reforms.
Dogs can connect neighbors, but in multicultural areas they can also reinforce racial barriers.
American cities are getting more diverse, but neighbors of different races don't necessarily socialize with each other. A sociologist in North Carolina discovered one surprising reason why.
Debris in a boatyard in Mexico Beach, Fla., on Oct. 11, 2018, after Hurricane Michael heavily damaged the town.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File
For the start of Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, scholars explain weather forecasting, evacuation orders, inland flooding risks and how social ties influence decisions to stay or flee.
Hog farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., in September 2018.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Cheap fossil fuels contort the global economy in ways that have systematically harmed some and benefited others. Justice demands that those of us who have benefited take responsibility.
A street sign sticks up from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence in Nichols, South Carolina, September 21, 2018.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Hurricanes frequently move inland in the southeast US, causing widespread river flooding, but emergency plans focus on protecting people in coastal communities.
Flooding in Kinston, North Carolina during Tropical Storm Florence, September 14, 2018.
NC National Guard
Widespread flooding in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence shows the need for better advance planning in inland areas of the south and mid-Atlantic, especially near rivers.
Florida’s Turkey Point Nuclear Plant shut down 12 hours before Hurricane Andrew made landfall in 1992.
AP Photo/Phil Sandlin
Lessons learned from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the Fukushima disaster in 2011 have changed how utilities brace for big storms.
Farm near Seven Springs, North Carolina, surrounded by water on Oct. 25, 1999, nearly six weeks after Hurricane Floyd.
AP Photo/Karen Tam
Hurricanes in the southern US have caused widespread damage inland in recent decades, mainly through river flooding. But evacuations and stormproofing focus almost entirely on keeping people safe on the coasts.
A barn that can hold up to 4,800 hogs outside Berwick, Pa. The state says the farm is in compliance with regulations, but residents have gone to court seeking relief from odors.
AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam
Many people who live near large-scale livestock farms complain about noxious smells, air and water pollution and health risks. With little help from regulators, they are turning to lawsuits.
North Carolina Stop Torture Now advocacy group.
A grassroots movement is fighting for transparency and accountability on North Carolina's involvement in torture.
Flowers above, traps below.
Venus flytrap plants have 'traps' that snap shut on insect prey. But they also rely on insects for pollination. New research suggests how the plant avoids eating its allies.
The word ‘gerrymandering’ comes from the name of Elbridge Gerry, Massachusetts governor in the 1800s.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Judges in North Carolina just threw out the state's congressional district map. The decision could have major implications for the future of partisan gerrymandering across the US.
The court ruled unanimously that access to social media is an essential right.
Quite the surprise!
From coast to coast, the 2016 election has torn up the usual order.
Working the crowd.
EPA/Erik S. Lesser
Often dismissed as a solid Republican bloc, the southern states are anything but.
Protests rock the streets of Charlotte.
The shooting of yet another black American by police in North Carolina ignited a tinderbox of deep anger and resentment.
Bissu, or transgender priests, are one of five genders recognized by the Bugis.
Is our gender determined by our bodies or our culture?
A 19th-century photograph of a women’s restroom in a Pittsburgh factory.
It wasn’t even until the late 19th century that this was codified into law.
Transgender individuals could be harassed when they have to use gendered bathrooms.
North Carolina recently passed a law that prohibits individuals from using a bathroom based on the gender with which they identify. Why does this pose a risk for transgendered individuals?