NPR news - breaking stories, national and world news, politics, business, science, technology

Subscribe to NPR news - breaking stories, national and world news, politics, business, science, technology feed NPR news - breaking stories, national and world news, politics, business, science, technology
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: 41 min 29 sec ago

How Funny Is The New Africa Correspondent for Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show'?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:26

Comedian Loyiso Madinga delivers politics with a punchline in his segments for the Africa version of the Comedy Central program.

(Image credit: Nyamekela Nhlabatsi)

Categories: Just News

Federal Appeals Court Finds State's Drug Price-Gouging Law Unconstitutional

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:25

Legal analysts say the decision to overturn Maryland's law could slow momentum for other states that are attempting to take action to curb high drug costs.

(Image credit: Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

James Comey To 'Fresh Air': The FBI Isn't 'On Anybody's Side'

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:12

The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship.

(Image credit: Elias Williams for NPR)

Categories: Just News

Moderate GOP Rep. Charlie Dent To Resign

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:00

The centrist Pennsylvania Republican was already part of a record number of GOP lawmakers who weren't running for re-election in November, but on Tuesday Dent announced he would step down soon.

(Image credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Video Shows Police Tackling, Punching Black Harvard Student

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:57

Police in Cambridge, Mass., had responded to calls of a naked man in the street. "Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well," the city's mayor said.

(Image credit: Screengrab by NPR/Cambridge Police Department/YouTube)

Categories: Just News

Supreme Court Strikes Down Part Of Immigration Law

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:30

The court declared a clause in the Immigration and Naturalization Act, mandating the deportation of immigrants convicted of some crimes, as unconstitutionally vague.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

In North Carolina, Hog Waste Is Becoming A Streamlined Fuel Source

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:00

North Carolina isn't rich in coal, natural gas or oil, but it has more hogs than nearly any other state. And for years, scientists and farmers have been trying to turn swine biogas into electricity.

(Image credit: James Morrison/WUNC)

Categories: Just News

How Birds-To-Be Get Oxygen Inside Eggs

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:45

Unlike humans, bird embryos don't have an oxygen pipeline from their mothers. They develop inside eggs in a nest. Skunk Bear's latest video explains why these pre-hatchlings don't suffocate.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

Categories: Just News

What's It Like To Pose For David Hockney? We Asked The People In His Portraits

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:16

"There is nothing except the canvas, the artist, his gaze, and you," says Stephanie Barron, a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "That's it. The rest of the world just fades away."

(Image credit: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima/LACMA)

Categories: Just News

Will You Soon Have To Pay Sales Tax On Every Online Purchase?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:16

A multibillion-dollar dispute on Internet sales taxes lands at the Supreme Court Tuesday. The decision could have far-reaching consequences for consumers, states and companies large and small.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Categories: Just News

NPR/Marist Poll: GOP, Dems Divided On Mueller As Special Counsel's Favorability Drops

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:01

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds Republicans increasingly think Mueller's investigation is biased against Trump. Also, Americans think Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections.

(Image credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Medicare Advisers Recommend Payment Cuts To Many Free-Standing ERs

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:00

An agency that advises Congress recommends a 30 percent reduction in some federal reimbursements to free-standing ERs that are within 6 miles of a hospital.

(Image credit: sshepard/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Who's In Charge? Potential Leadership Shake-Ups Leave Agencies In Limbo

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:00

The EPA is the latest agency facing an uncertain future for its top official. Instability in Trump's Cabinet may have lasting repercussions for government departments.

(Image credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Harry Anderson, Judge On 'Night Court,' Dies At His N.C. Home. He Was 65

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:54

Anderson is best-known for playing magic-loving, eccentric Judge Harry T. Stone on the sitcom Night Court. He was found dead Monday — no foul play is suspected.

(Image credit: Derek Storm/FilmMagic)

Categories: Just News

China's Quarterly Growth Comes In (Again) At 6.8 Percent

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:49

China is hoping for a balance between its desire for an economy based more on consumption while at the same time trying to rein in rapidly increasing household debt.

(Image credit: Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

Categories: Just News

Transcript: James Comey's Full Interview With Steve Inskeep And Carrie Johnson

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:07

Nearly a year after President Trump fired James Comey, the former FBI director has a new memoir, A Higher Loyalty. He talked to NPR about the book and his decisions in the run-up to the 2016 election.

(Image credit: Elias Williams for NPR)

Categories: Just News

After Detailing Russian Hack, White House Cyber 'Czar' Announces Departure

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:36

Rob Joyce said he was stepping down hours after a joint U.S., U.K. and Australia statement blaming the Kremlin for an a cyber attack last year.

(Image credit: Patrick Semansky/AP)

Categories: Just News

James Comey Says FBI 'Would Be Worse Today' If Not For His Actions

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:20

In an interview with NPR, the fired FBI director maintained he wouldn't do things differently if he had a chance. "I saw this as a 500-year flood," he said, "and so where is the manual?"

(Image credit: Elias Williams for NPR)

Categories: Just News

Young People More Likely To Shift Toward Supporting Abortion Rights, Poll Finds

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:01

The generational divide uncovered by a survey from the Public Religion Research Institute may be linked to changing attitudes about religion.

Categories: Just News

Romeo & Juliet In Kigali: How A Soap Opera Sought To Change Behavior In Rwanda

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:05

How do you convince a generation of people who once slaughtered each other to reconcile? In Rwanda, a team of psychologists, writers and policymakers came up with an unusual idea: a radio soap opera.

(Image credit: Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Pages