A new maraca-like noisemaker, called a "caxirola," is replacing the controversial vuvuzela as the official instrument of next year's World Cup in Brazil. Researchers say the new instrument will be less disruptive and annoying. (Dec. 6)
The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a difficult first-round group at next year's World Cup in Brazil. Despite the tough draw, U.S. soccer fans in Washington remained optimistic about their team's chances. (Dec. 6) ...
Hillary Clinton is this year's recipient of the Lantos Human Rights Award. In ceremonies inside the US Capitol, the former Secretary of State spoke about Nelson Mandela, his courage and his contradictions. (Dec. 6)
Cyclists are pushing the limits of what they can haul on their sturdy two-wheelers. These cargo bicycles are gaining popularity in pedal-friendly communities like Seattle, where residents are opting to go car-free. (Dec. 6)
President Barack Obama is marking the end of Hanukkah with two receptions at the White House. He noted the rare quirk in the calendar that overlapped Thanksgiving with the start of the eight-day Jewish holiday. (Dec. 5)
South Africans are remembering Nelson Mandela as the 'father of the nation.' Mandela, the former President of South Africa, died Thursday at the age of 95. (Dec. 6)
South African President Jacob Zuma has laid out the schedule of formal events to honor Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Mandela will be buried on December 15 at his rural home in Qunu. (Dec. 6)
Outside Nelson Mandela's former home in Soweto, South Africans paid tribute to the anti-apartheid leader through song and dance. They also mourned his death with flowers and candles outside the Johannesburg home where he died. (Dec. 6)
Former "Harry Potter" stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are both prize contenders for performances on the London stage. Ex-boy wizard Radcliffe is a best-actor finalist at the WhatsOnStage awards for "The Cripple of Inishmaan." Grint, who played Ron Weasley, is nominated as newcomer of the year for his stage ...
Just in time for the holidays, and in the spirit of the upcoming Olympic games, Washington-area builders and architects joined forces to create what's being billed as the world's largest Gingerbread Sports Village. (Dec. 6)