Pentagon officials say starting on Jan. 1, 2018, transgender people can enlist in the U.S. military. President Trump has opposed allowing transgender people to serve, but the Pentagon decision comes as courts are ruling against efforts to bar transgender enlistment.
Congressional Republicans are working to merge House and Senate versions of a GOP tax bill. They're hoping to reach their first major legislative milestone by Christmas.
Autonomous weapons, capable of operating independent of human control, are being developed by several countries around the world. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Paul Scharre of the Center for a New American Security about this new military technology and the challenges of regulating it.
Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant company after allegations of sexual misconduct. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Amanda Kludt, Editor-in-Chief of the online publication Eater, which broke the story.
Police are calling an explosion in a crowded corridor between two New York City subway stations Monday morning an attempted terror attack. Officials say suspect Akayed Ullah detonated an improvised pipe bomb that was strapped to his body.
One of the most contested and high-profile special Senate elections of recent times is drawing to a close in Alabama. A day before voting begins, a look at where Republican Roy Moore stands against Democrat Doug Jones.
What do voters think of the tax bills currently under debate in Congress? In the swing state of Wisconsin, many voters don't know much about the legislation — but don't like what they see so far.
Last week, Pope Francis weighed in on how the line "lead us not into temptation" in the Lord's Prayer might be improved. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large of America Magazine, about the translation changes Pope Francis has proposed.
With allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the forefront of politics, women who have accused President Trump of misconduct are renewing calls for him to be held accountable.
It's believed that 80 percent of people addicted to heroin today started with prescription painkillers. The over-prescription of opioids in the U.S. has been well documented. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about how the Department of Justice is ramping up prosecutions of medical providers who abuse their prescribing authority when it comes to opioids.
Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.
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Four women described how Batali touched them inappropriately, and others said they witnessed bullying and lewd comments. Batali doesn't deny the allegations, saying they "match up" with past behavior.
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A group of middle schoolers are returning to class for the first time since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September. They're sharing a school with high schoolers, and that worries some parents.
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Authorities are investigating what led a suspect to take an explosive device into an underground passageway Monday. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Kate Hinds, a reporter with member station WNYC.
Guillermo del Toro's Cold War fantasy The Shape Of Water snagged the most motion picture nominations, followed by The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
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New York City was rocked Monday by an explosion in the subway beneath the Port Authority. Authorities report a single suspect in custody, and no life-threatening injuries.