The economy grew by 4.1 percent in the third quarter of the year, significantly higher than the earlier projection of 3.6 percent. The upward revision comes mostly thanks to stronger consumer spending, and it's the strongest showing in almost two years.
Automotive News reports the state altered regulations, first in 2011, and now a second time, making it simpler for Cubans to buy or sell new cars. Cubans, too, now have the freedom to ask: "What do I have to do to get you in this new car today?"
An interstate ramp outside of Atlanta was tied up on Thursday — not with cars but with 40,000 pounds of ham. The driver wasn't hurt but ham and diesel fuel were everywhere.
The candy company based in Hershey, Pa., bought Shanghai Golden Monkey on Thursday. Hershey may hold the largest share of the U.S. chocolate market, but only a small share of candy sales overseas.
Morning Edition wishes news anchors Jean Cochran and Paul Brown well. A number of our coworkers took the chance to accept voluntary buyouts as NPR changes. Leaving the Morning Edition staff are: Anne Hawke, Jim Wildman and Steve Munro.
Two members of the Russian activist band Pussy Riot and billionaire Mikhail Khordorkovsky are expected to be released from prison by Russian President Vladimir Putin. David Greene talks to reporter Masha Gessen about whether this move signals a liberalizing trend, or is simply a calculation ahead of the 2014 Olympics.
United Methodist church officials have defrocked the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who presided over his son's gay wedding.
Crude oil from Canada's tar sands is booming business for refineries but residents of a Chicago neighborhood charge a byproduct called petroleum coke, or petcoke, is a nuisance and health hazard. They want towering mounds of the dusty substance moved out of the city. Chicago officials have reached a deal with one company requiring them to do so.
The patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family has been suspended indefinitely from the hit reality TV show on A&E because of his remarks about homosexuality. He made the comments to GQ magazine. The show has spawned a multi-million-dollar industry of related products and books.
The National Iranian American Council is out with a report that examines what the West can do to cultivate the resurgence of moderate forces in Iran. Steve Inskeep talks to President Trita Parsi about the council's conclusions and recommendations.
Santa's elves will be working overtime starting Friday. Stores like Toys R US and Kohl's are hoping to capitalize on last-minute shoppers, and those who like to avoid the crowds by staying open 24/7.
Millions of Americans facing canceled health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act will no longer be fined for being uninsured in the new year. Instead, they can enroll in basic coverage — previously available only to those with a hardship exemption.
Between now and the end of the year, Morning Edition will have a number of conversations about the future. To begin our series of conversations, Steve Inskeep talks to Peter Singer of the Brookings Institution about cybersecurity.
The Obama administration has released deportation numbers for the last fiscal year. For the first time since the president took office, fewer people were removed than the year before.
On Thursday, President Obama warned the country is "on the precipice." Forces opposed to the nation's president have taken control of a major town, and killed at least three U.N. peacekeepers in the process.
Spike Jonze is known for directing emotionally resonant films — like Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan reviews Jonze's new film Her.
On Dec. 21, 100 years ago, a paper in New York published the first crossword. It quickly became known as a game for the intelligent — even helping Britain recruit code-breakers during WWII. But there isn't much evidence that this brainy game can help stave off dementia.
Seniors older than 65 depend on Medicare Part D for help with prescription drugs. David Greene talks to ProPublica reporter Tracy Weber about an investigation into fraudulent spending. A Propublica report indicates the federal government has done little to stop the fraud.
David Greene talks to NPR's Elise Hu for an update on the investigation into the theft of Target customers' credit and debit card information. Up to 40 million credit card accounts and more than 1,500 stores across the country are affected.
A Miami man captured a small alligator, took it to a store and offered to trade it for a 12-pack. His attempt made news on Chicago TV, where an anchor tried to tell the story. Instead, he started laughing uncontrollably.