Syrian government troops are besieging the western town of Qusayr, a stronghold of rebel forces. For civilians and rebel fighters injured in the fierce clashes and intense aerial bombing campaigns in and around that Syrian border town, the nearest hospital is in another country: Lebanon.
Wrestlers from the U.S., Iran and Russia joined forces Wednesday to support their sport's Olympic chances.
Japan has embarked on a massive effort to stimulate its economy. Both the government and the central bank are collaborating to end a long period of stagnation and deflation. But the effects are also being felt outside Japan.
A dozen universities are collaborating on a sort of extreme winemaking project: How cold a climate can a grape survive and still make good wine? The Northern Grapes Project is inventing wines the world has never seen before, winning wine awards and creating a new crop for struggling rural economies.
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will be introducing legislation with other lawmakers Thursday that would change the way the military prosecutes sexual assault cases. It's the latest high-publicity move for a senator who was almost unknown four years ago when she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. NPR's Ailsa Chang profiles the junior senator, who's now appearing on some lists for possible candidates for vice president — even president.
Scientists in Oregon have achieved something that has eluded researchers for years. They have created stem cells that are tailored to individual patients, made from cloned embryos. That would open the door to treating many diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and many others. But researchers face ethical dilemmas.
Federal officials met with South Dakota's nine Sioux tribes on Wednesday for a historic summit in Rapid City. A year in the making, it was an effort to address long standing concerns over the high number of Native American children the state places in white foster homes. State officials, however, didn't show up for the meeting.
Turkish Prime Miniser Recip Tayyip Erdogan meets President Obama at the White House Thursday. Their talks will focus on the Syrian conflict.
David Greene talks with reporter Kim Masters about the new shows coming to a TV or screen near you. The networks are gathered in New York this week to present their fall lineups to advertisers.
Steve Inskeep talks to "Newsweek" and "The Daily Beast" editor Tina Brown for her reading recommendations.
The Atlantic Hurricane season starts in just a few weeks. With sequestration, the National Weather Service has ordered furloughs and a hiring freeze that have left vacancies throughout the agency, including the National Hurricane Center. Florida's governor and others are wondering if that will affect the state's ability to prepare and respond to a storm.
For civilians and rebel fighters injured in the fierce clashes and intense aerial bombing campaigns in and around the Syrian border town of Qusayir, the nearest hospital is in another country: Lebanon. NPRs Susannah George has this report from the Lebanese-Syrian border.
Steve Inskeep and David Greene report on a documentary film exploring the New York accent. "If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent" premieres tonight at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival.
The White House on Wednesday tried to turn the fire hose on two big flare-ups. The administration released 100 pages of emails related to the Benghazi terrorist attacks in Libya, and President Obama announced that the acting IRS commissioner is stepping down. David Greene talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro about the White House's efforts at damage control.
The NBA's New York Knicks lost to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night, falling further behind in their playoff series. Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith took responsibility. A new Twitter account followed each shot he took.
Police in Kentucky say Trevor Runyon slipped into a supermarket and waited for it to close.Surveillance cameras show he then had a feast. He cooked and ate six steak, and washed them down with beer, shrimp and birthday cake. Police found him hiding in the ceiling.
For decades, the role of breadwinner was reserved for men, but today, more than a quarter of American working women earn more than their spouses. That means more fathers are opting to stay home with the kids.
Everyone is tracked by marketers online. Instead of fighting it, Federico Zannier, a New York grad student, is taking ownership of his online personal data by selling it: "I said, 'OK, I want to try to make money with my own data.' "