Americas

News and reports from North, Central and South America.

At last a no-stick gum? Corn farmers have a formula

The chewed-up gum that befouls American sidewalks costs taxpayers millions of dollars in cleanups. Now researchers in Illinois say they have developed an alternative that doesn't stick to shoes. Will consumers bite?

Black History Month

As recipient in 2007 of a Congressional Gold Medal for his service with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, 84-year-old Dabney Montgomery has had a heavy speaking schedule around the country.

At 50, the peace symbol is still going strong

The peace symbol, one of the world's most famous symbols, is turning 50, and, as often happens by that age, it's gotten a few facelifts.

Collectors wired for the barbs that won the West

As a collectible, barbed wire has everything it needs - a wire guru, annual conventions and a special kind of wire that is the crown jewel of every collection, the coveted Dodge Star. But recent wildfires in Texas have threatened the supply of collectible antique wire.

Seniors learn to loosen up through improv

As learning improv becomes a popular pastime for nonactors, classes have also sprouted up for seniors, encouraging them to loosen up, have some fun and build new social networks in their latter years.

Caffeine-free Lent practice grows in Oregon

Some Pacific Northwest Christians are giving up their Starbucks - and their sodas and energy drinks too - in a novel Lent observance that has its roots in ancient custom and is making a difference in developing countries.

Study finds parents who listen help children learn

A new study from Vanderbilt University says parents can help their children learn by simply listening, instead of providing all the answers.

The Red League rallies around a blue party candidate

The backing of communists may be a bit of election help that Barack Obama would rather do without but the Young Communist League are vowing to stay visible through November for whoever wins the Democratic party nomination.

Tonight they're going to party like it's 2012

Whether by choice or by birth, more than 200,000 Americans, known as "Leapers," have a life milestone that arrives only every four years, on Leap Day.

Prohibitionists abstain from alcohol, not elections

In its heyday, the Prohibition Party influenced national politics. In 2000, its presidential candidate won only 208 votes, but the few remaining members of America’s oldest third party are as dedicated as ever.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Americas