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The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The annual Perseid meteor shower will streak the sky Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. The best time to watch is between 3 and 4 a.m., for all time zones across the world, NASA says.

"This year, light from a nearly full moon will make the meteors harder to ...


Uber And Lyft Spar Over Alleged Ride Cancellations

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Uber and Lyft are battling for customers looking for rides via smartphones, but maybe not everyone is fighting fairly.

CNNMoney reports that Uber employees have ordered and canceled more than 5,000 Lyft rides since October, according to Lyft's data.

"And it's not just a rogue employee or two," CNN ...


Robin Williams Hanged Himself In Apparent Suicide, Police Say

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Actor Robin Williams hanged himself in his California home Monday, police officials said today.

He was discovered by his personal assistant in Williams' bedroom, "unresponsive with a belt secured around his neck," according to Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd. (You can read his prepared statement here.)

As we ...


LA Clippers Sold To Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. A press release from the NBA says a California court has confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team.

Shelly Sterling had arranged to sell the franchise to Ballmer in May for $2 ...


Actor-Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63

Monday, August 11, 2014

Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead in his California home Monday. He was 63.

His death is under investigation, according to a press release from the Marin County Sheriff's Office. Emergency personnel arrived at Williams' home in Tiburon, Calif., at noon Monday.

The sheriff's office suspects the death ...


Barneys Agrees To Settlement Over Racial Profiling Allegations

Monday, August 11, 2014

The upscale retailer Barneys has agreed to a settlement over charges of racial profiling at its flagship store in New York.

The agreement includes a $525,000 fine, NPR's Sam Sanders tells our Newscast Desk.

"Barney's will also have to hire an independent anti-profiling consultant," Sanders reports, "and the retailer will ...


Obama Calls Nomination Of New Iraqi Prime Minister A 'Step Forward'

Monday, August 11, 2014

During his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, President Obama spoke to the media about the situation in Iraq, where Nouri al-Maliki is refusing to give up his position as prime minister.

The president said Iraq had taking a "promising step forward" by nominating Haider al-Abadi as Maliki's replacement and ...


WATCH: Rescue Mission In Iraq Leaves Everyone Onboard In Tears

Monday, August 11, 2014

Newly released visuals of airstrikes and humanitarian missions in northern Iraq are providing a glimpse into the chaos and desperation in the region, amid political turmoil that has politicians battling for power.

In a press briefing Monday afternoon, the Pentagon's Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr. said U.S. airstrikes have ...


Federal Judges Weigh Gay Marriage Cases From 4 States

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A panel of three federal judges heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases Wednesday. The cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee "pit states' rights and traditional, conservative values against what plaintiffs' attorneys say is a fundamental right to marry under the U.S. Constitution," The Associated Press writes.

Ann Thompson ...


Bank Of America 'Close' To Settlement With Justice Department

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Bank of America and the Justice department are "close" to finalizing a settlement of $16 billion to $17 billion over allegations of mortgage-related abuses.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the outlines of a deal, which was then confirmed to NPR by a source familiar with the talks.



States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A woman is about to give birth. It will be her second child, and she's not looking to have a third anytime soon. She doesn't want to take birth control pills while she's breast-feeding. And condoms aren't as error-proof as she'd like.

There are a couple of alternatives that are ...


FedEx Charged With Shipping Drugs For Illegal Online Pharmacies

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A federal grand jury has indicted FedEx on charges of assisting illegal pharmacies. Prosecutors say the shipping company knowingly distributed controlled substances, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

FedEx is "accused of conspiring to distribute prescription drugs to people who never met with doctors — a violation of the Controlled Substances Act," ...


Karachi Airport Attacked By Gunmen; At Least 23 Reported Dead

Sunday, June 08, 2014

This post was last updated at 1:45 a.m. ET Monday.

Gunmen attacked Pakistan's international airport in Karachi Sunday night, and the fighting continued into Monday morning.

The reported death toll has been rising: The latest from Pakistan media is that at least 23 are dead, including airport guards and the ...


Veterans Advocate Says He Fears Loss Of Faith In VA

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Veteran Tom Tarantino says allegations of delayed health care for veterans should be taken more seriously. But he says the care can be great, "once you actually get in" the system.


Saving The World's Babies Simply Starts Before Birth

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Every day, all over the world, newborns die when they don't have to. They die from preventable infections and because their tiny bodies can't stay warm enough.

Shefali, a mother from Bangladesh, knows this global tragedy all too well.

"Whenever a child is born and then dies, we're overwhelmed with ...


California Chrome Wins The Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 03, 2014

California Chrome won the 140th running of Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Saturday. The horse was favored to win, despite quirks that set him apart from his more traditional competitors.

"Derby dreams do come true," an announcer said after the race.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department

Friday, April 18, 2014

This post was updated at 6 p.m. ET.

The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The additional time was given "based on the uncertainty created" by an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska, according to a State Department statement.

In February, a ...


Satellites' Scope And The Search For A Plane

Friday, March 21, 2014

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now concentrated in the southern Indian Ocean, with satellite clues bringing aircraft and ships closer to objects that could be the debris from the missing airliner.

But as NPR's Robert Siegel said on All Things Considered Friday, "This is not like ...


Australia: Objects Spotted By Satellite Imagery May Be Linked To Jet

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Australian satellite images found objects that are possibly connected to the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing with 239 people on board March 8. "New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told his Parliament on Thursday.

"The Australian Maritime ...


Attractor Of Animosity Arthur Chu Leaves 'Jeopardy!' (For Now)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Eleven wins and nearly $300,000 later, Arthur Chu was defeated on Jeopardy! Wednesday night. He was "brain-fogged" after the marathon taping, he tells Here & Now, but he wishes his competitor Diana Peloquin well.

During his reign, Chu faced a barrage of vitriol from fans of the show. Some ...