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We’re living in a kleptocracy: America robs from its poor — while its infrastructure crumbles

The U.S. fancies itself the world leader in clean government, even as we methodically bankrupt our disenfranchised<p>A top government official with energy industry holdings huddles in secret with oil company executives to work out the details of a potentially lucrative “national energy policy.” Later, …

Corruption

Did new parenthood bring you unhappiness instead of joy?

A survey has found that the birth of a first child makes most people as miserable as bereavement or divorce. Our panel share their experiences and emotions<p><b>Rachael McCall: My new-mother misery made me think of suicide</b><p>Whether the first months of parenting can cause as much grief as bereavement is an …

Numb

Working Moms Inside Out : Guilt Gone Wild

In the latest Disney Pixar movie, <i>Inside Out</i>, we are given insight into the inner workings of the mind of an 11-year-old girl, ruled by five distinct emotions: joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust. We also catch brief glimpses into the mind of her mother, who is similarly governed by her own …

Motherhood

These Photos Will Make You Want To Put Your Phone Down Forever

It looks like smartphones really have killed the concept of "idle time."<p>Last year, photographer Babycakes Romero captured an array of images showing people glued to their mobile devices when they could otherwise be having a conversation, enjoying dinner or simply staring into space. The series, …

Mobile Devices

29 Summer Parenting Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

Take a vacation from irritation.

27 Underrated U.S. Vacation Spots You Should Visit Before You Die

Did your favorite hidden gem make the list?<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Lake Superior

10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

Tucked away in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the sheer scale of this 48-mile-long canyon takes most visitors by surprise. Sculpted by the Gunnison …

Mysterious radio signal from space caught live for first time

Astronomers in Australia have picked up an “alien” radio signal from space for the first time as it occurred. The signal, or radio “burst”, was discovered on May 15, 2014, though it’s just being reported by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. “The burst was identified within 10 …

Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. It's midmorning, but the sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn't quite make it over.<p>Sizemore is the fourth …

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Builders of tiny houses say they're a big thing

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sean Spain is selling a house for $10,500, about the price of a used car with a sleepable back seat.<p>Granted, the house is 100 square feet. But the home is a charming little rebuttal to America's obsession with big living. The average home square footage in the U.S. continues to …