Police can tap phones, which is why a mafioso might use pizzini, or scraps of paper with coded messages. But Italian police recently broke some of those codes, and made 11 arrests.
Upset by Tom Brady's suspension over "deflate-gate," Richard Pate of Maine hired a pilot to fly over the NFL commissioner's summer vacation home with a banner reading "Jet Back to New York!"
In the developing world, where many people lack bank accounts or credit cards, banks may hesitate to loan them money. But researchers say cellphones can help determine people's creditworthiness.
A filmmaker has created a way to make Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece home, Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, accessible to those with physical limitations.
Coyotes are becoming more and more common in urban areas, including Los Angeles. This summer, the National Park Service announced a first-of-its-kind survey of coyote behavior in the city. The researchers say the findings so far have been surprising.
Malaysian and French investigators meet in Paris to shape the investigation into recovered debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. The wing component found on an island in the Indian Ocean has arrived in France for analysis.
The future of the Iran nuclear deal could hinge on Democrats, who are being pulled in two directions. The Obama administration wants them to back the plan, but Israel and pro-Israel lobbying groups want those lawmakers to oppose the deal. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff is a Jewish Democrat, and the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. He tells Renee Montagne why he recently decided to support the Iran agreement.
Thousands have been evacuated in California, as crews continue to battle the Rocky Fire, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity could help firefighting efforts this week. Across the state, nearly two-dozen wildfires are burning.
A neighborhood in Rantoul, Ill., offers older adults a break in rent in exchange for six hours a week helping families with adopted foster kids. And the model is catching on.
An effort to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding failed in the Senate on Monday, but the fight isn't over. That was only the opening volley in a larger funding battle to play out in September.
Fourteen Republican presidential hopefuls made for a crowded GOP field Monday night in Manchester, N.H. Donald Trump declined to attend. It wasn't a debate, but rather two rounds of fast-paced interviews with the candidates over two hours. The event took place as some of the participants scramble to make the final cut for the first official debate set for Thursday in Cleveland.
A huge legal battle is coming over the White House plan to address climate change with additional power plant regulations. The coal industry has the most to lose, and plans to take the EPA to court.
It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
Berlin is one of Europe's premiere cities, yet it lacks an airport befitting its status due to years of delays and cost overruns. The new airport was supposed to open in 2012. Now the target is 2017.
As the Pentagon gives the Guard a new mission to defend government systems from cyberattacks, the Guard hopes these new units will help keep troops with IT skills from leaving the service.
In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.