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: 37 sec ago

Measles Still Kills 400 Kids A Day — And It May Be Making A Comeback

Tue, 2014-11-18 12:04

The global fight against the disease has stalled, says the World Health Organization. The recession gets some of the blame. And so does the anti-vaccine movement.

» E-Mail This

With Cash And Cachet, The Islamic State Expands Its Empire

Tue, 2014-11-18 12:00

Based in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State is using its chameleon-like branding and financial incentives to attract extremist groups from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to Libya's Mediterranean coast.

» E-Mail This

Indonesia Urged To Stop 'Virginity Tests' For Female Police Recruits

Tue, 2014-11-18 10:04

Human Rights Watch says the tests are discriminatory and "harms and humiliates women." The test is listed as a requirement for female applicants, and the group said it is widely applied.

» E-Mail This

More States Adopt Laws To Ease Access To Experimental Treatments

Tue, 2014-11-18 09:51

While several states have approved so-called right-to-try measures that aim to give patients with life-threatening illnesses access to unapproved drugs, drugmakers don't have to comply.

» E-Mail This

Baby, It's Cold Outside: All 50 States Hit 32 Degrees

Tue, 2014-11-18 09:42

Yep, even Hawaii, where Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano reaching 13,800 feet above sea level, was below freezing.

» E-Mail This

The Many Stories Behind Double-Eyelid Surgery

Tue, 2014-11-18 08:18

The procedure to give people with single eyelids a crease above their lashes often provokes controversy. Kat Chow steps past the debate over whether people should do it to get at the "why."

» E-Mail This

Once Tolerated, Westerners Are Now Targeted By Radical Islamists

Tue, 2014-11-18 08:12

The kidnapping and killing of Westerners isn't a new phenomenon in the Middle East. But the last time around, it stopped after just a few years. This time there's no end in sight.

» E-Mail This

As Espresso Rises, Will 'Greek Coffee' Be Left To The Turks?

Tue, 2014-11-18 08:01

"Greek coffee" may be a matter of national pride in the Mediterranean nation. But increasingly, Greeks are embracing espresso, an imported brew. Chalk it up to globalization.

» E-Mail This

FIFA Files Criminal Complaint Over 2018, 2022 Soccer World Cup Bidding

Tue, 2014-11-18 07:43

Soccer's governing body said assets may have been transferred to Switzerland in connection with the bids. Just days ago, FIFA cleared eventual winners Russia and Qatar of corruption.

» E-Mail This

How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

Tue, 2014-11-18 07:24

Momentum to push legislation approving the oil pipeline is getting a boost from the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff — even though the unbuilt portion of pipeline wouldn't run anywhere near the state.

» E-Mail This

Who Won The Civil War? Tough Question

Tue, 2014-11-18 07:13

When it comes to on-the-spot answers to simple historical and political questions, some people don't have a clue.

» E-Mail This

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For At Least Remainder Of 2014 Season

Tue, 2014-11-18 05:14

Peterson, who pleaded no contest in a child abuse case, said he would appeal the decision. The Players Union, on his behalf, said the punishment was "arbitrary."

» E-Mail This

After Falling Into Recession, Japan's Prime Minister Calls For Snap Elections

Tue, 2014-11-18 04:51

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for an election two years ahead of schedule and he also delayed an increase in sales tax.

» E-Mail This

Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Hostage Policy

Tue, 2014-11-18 04:00

The administration revealed the review just after the Islamic State took responsibility for killing a third American citizen. It is not clear whether the U.S. will reconsider its no-ransom policy.

» E-Mail This

Attack On Jerusalem Synagogue Leaves Four Dead

Tue, 2014-11-18 02:54

Assailants armed with guns, knives and axes attacked worshippers at a Jerusalem Synagogue during morning prayers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to respond "with a heavy hand."

» E-Mail This

Near The Front Lines In Iraq, An Homage To The White House

Mon, 2014-11-17 23:34

Kurdish businessman Shihab Shihab decided he'd like to live in the White House. So he is building a 32,000-feet version of the U.S. presidential residence in Erbil, near the raging war against ISIS.

» E-Mail This

Firm Accused Of Illegal Practices That Push Families Into Foreclosure

Mon, 2014-11-17 23:33

A class action lawsuit alleges Ocwen Financial, one of the nation's largest mortgage servicers, charges marked-up and illegal fees. The firm says it will vigorously defend itself against the claims.

» E-Mail This

Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

Mon, 2014-11-17 23:32

Physicians have been warning for years about a coming shortage of primary care doctors. But others say primary care teams that include other types of health workers might fill the gap better.

» E-Mail This

Guarding The Ebola Border

Mon, 2014-11-17 23:30

Ivory Coast is determined to keep Ebola out. The government shut down the border, and enlisted local villagers to serve as informal border security.

» E-Mail This

4 Killed In Jerusalem Synagogue Attack, Israeli Police Say

Mon, 2014-11-17 22:08

Police say two attackers walked into the synagogue Tuesday with knives, axes and guns and attacked the worshippers. The attackers were killed in a shootout with police.

» E-Mail This

Pages