One quarter of those polled by Gallup expressed confidence in newspapers.
Sixteen countries rank as the Worst of the Worst in personal freedoms, with 23% of the world population having no say in how they are governed.
The 20th century saw big strides in defeating many illnesses, but heart disease and cancer are still the major causes of death in the United States.
Wreckage from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011 has traveled thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean.
TV sets are going dark as viewers turn to their computers and tablets to satisfy their hunger for entertainment.
The 2013 group is second only to the 1978 batch of hopefuls. Only a tiny percentage of applicants are selected to become astronauts.
Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" expands on themes introduced in his 1979 film "Alien," including the idea of parasitic life forms that incubate inside the human body.
In an historic demographic shift, white babies are now in the minority compared with nonwhite newborns.
The United States leads the world in absolute tornado counts, with an average of more than a thousand twisters annually.
The FDA is set to end the use of antibiotics in animals to help curb the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.