NPR News

Subscribe to NPR News  feed NPR News
NPR news, audio, and podcasts. Coverage of breaking stories, national and world news, politics, business, science, technology, and extended coverage of major national and world events.
Updated: 30 min 22 sec ago

Ukraine Dominates Meeting Of E.U. Leaders In Brussels

Thu, 2015-02-12 12:19

Thursday's summit of EU leaders in Brussels was dominated by news of a possible ceasefire in Ukraine, but other crises like Greek debt and the threat of terrorism were also on the agenda.

» E-Mail This

Nigeria Is On The Verge Of Bidding Goodbye To Polio

Thu, 2015-02-12 12:19

It's the last country in Africa where polio is hanging on. The good news: There hasn't been a case in more than 6 months. But that doesn't mean the virus is history.

» E-Mail This

8 Million Tons Of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

Thu, 2015-02-12 12:09

A scientist estimating the weight of candy wrappers, bags, bottles, syringes and other plastic trash in the world's water sees a synthetic tsunami. Should China and India create more landfills?

» E-Mail This

In A Somber Homecoming, Yazidis Grieve And Watch Over Their Dead

Thu, 2015-02-12 12:02

With the Islamic State pushed back, Iraq's Yazidis are returning to their villages — and to mass graves. Now, they guard the remains and are calling on the U.N. to document the killings.

» E-Mail This

Tussle Over Electric Bill Plunges New York Mall Into The Dark

Thu, 2015-02-12 11:34

The lights suddenly flickered off today at Rotterdam Square Mall near Schenectady after what the owners say was "a total misunderstanding" with the power utility.

» E-Mail This

Senate Confirms Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary

Thu, 2015-02-12 10:49

Carter will take over the Pentagon for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Carter served as the No. 2 defense official under Leon Panetta.

» E-Mail This

Gardener's Twofer: First Ketchup 'N' Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

Thu, 2015-02-12 10:34

British horticulturalists have figured out how to graft a tomato plant onto a potato plant. This plant, called Ketchup 'N' Fries, has crossed the pond and is now available to gardeners in the U.S.

» E-Mail This

'Community' Actor Ken Jeong Might Be Getting His Own Show

Thu, 2015-02-12 10:12

ABC recently green lighted a sitcom starring the doctor-turned-actor Ken Jeong, who will play a frustrated MD in Dr. Ken.

» E-Mail This

From Facebook To A Virtual You: Planning Your Digital Afterlife

Thu, 2015-02-12 10:00

Whether you appoint a postmortem account manager or opt for "virtual immortality," new online tools help us navigate how we will preserve our digital footprint after death.

» E-Mail This

Nicaragua's New Canal Could Be Environmental Disaster, Report Says

Thu, 2015-02-12 09:29

Scientists believe the project, which is reportedly underway already, could destroy a million acres of rainforest and contaminate Central America's largest source of drinking water.

» E-Mail This

Apps Can Speed The Search For Love, But Nothing Beats A Real Date

Thu, 2015-02-12 09:29

Are those hours I spend swiping through Tinder getting me anywhere closer to actual romance? Yes, psychologists say. But chemistry doesn't come in an app, and that's what matters most.

» E-Mail This

As Commodity Prices Plunge, Groceries May Be Next

Thu, 2015-02-12 08:10

Oil prices aren't the only thing that's dropped. The prices of everything from corn to sugar have fallen, too. So some economists predict lower prices at the grocery store later this year.

» E-Mail This

San Diego Cops: Family Thanked Us For Beating, Arresting Them In Their Own Home

Thu, 2015-02-12 07:52

Video footage shows glaring inconsistencies in officers' account of a suspected break-in that was really just two brothers walking into their home.

» E-Mail This

Couples Who Chose Not To Have Children Are 'Selfish,' Pope Says

Thu, 2015-02-12 07:17

Francis spoke of a "greedy generation" that was opting not to procreate. His remarks come less than two weeks after he said that Catholics do not need to breed "like rabbits."

» E-Mail This

John Kerry Takes A Side Trip Into A Snowstorm

Thu, 2015-02-12 07:12

Secretaries of state and other top officials sometimes make personal stops while traveling on official business. It's permitted, though it sometimes raises eyebrows and questions of cost.

» E-Mail This

Are Pediatricians Prepared To Help Patients Who Want IUDs?

Thu, 2015-02-12 07:08

Some pediatricians and other doctors worry they aren't properly prepared to make this highly effective form of birth control available, because their training didn't cover insertion of the devices.

» E-Mail This

'We're All One,' Chapel Hill Shooting Victim Said In StoryCorps Talk

Thu, 2015-02-12 06:28

"Growing up in America has been such a blessing," Yusor Abu-Salha said in a conversation with her former teacher that was recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project last summer.

» E-Mail This

U.N. Calls On EU To Expand Rescue Of Migrants In Mediterranean

Thu, 2015-02-12 06:27

The High Commissioner for Refugees wants the European Union to expand its Operation Triton to intercept and rescue would-be migrants, most of them trying to reach Italy.

» E-Mail This

After More Than 400 Days In Egyptian Jail, Journalists Released — For Now

Thu, 2015-02-12 05:08

An Egyptian court released Al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy on bail, but their case hasn't been dismissed. For more details, David Greene speaks with NPR's Leila Fadel in Cairo.

» E-Mail This

Egyptian Judge Grants Bail To Al-Jazeera English Journalists

Thu, 2015-02-12 04:56

The move is seen as possibly boding well for the fate of the two journalists for the news outlet who are still on trial for allegedly aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

» E-Mail This