Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are pressing for the release of a so-called torture report on Bush-era interrogation practices. But there are several hurdles to clear before portions of the report might become declassified.
In the past five years, the Fed has created $3 trillion out of thin air. In that context, today's news is vanishingly small.
Michael Steinberg, the highest-ranking employee at the hedge fund to be convicted in an insider trading sweep, was found guilty on five counts of conspiracy and securities fraud.
Sophie Varon loves to shop. The store Forever 21 is her weakness. And lately, she's been wondering if her shopping habit has become a shopping problem.
When a Kenyan women was diagnosed with HIV, she thought it meant the end of her marriage and her hopes to have children. But with the help of HIV therapy, Benta Odeny not only protects her husband from the virus, but she also has a healthy, HIV-negative daughter.
The deal, with much less drama than past spending votes, is OK'd by a simple majority nearly a week after the House approved the measure.
In a year that featured divisive fights over the budget, health care and presidential nominations, 65 members of the U.S. Senate took a break from partisan bickering Tuesday night to participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange.
A panel appointed by President Obama to review U.S. surveillance activities has recommended that the NSA not be allowed to store Americans' phone records.
What books that touch on topics of race would you recommend to a not-so-bookish teen? A reader asks us to share our suggestions.
Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., says it's a key moment for the international community to "change the calculus" in Central Africa Republic and prevent further atrocities. The U.S. has authorized up to $100 million to support African Union forces and other material aid.
President Obama is staying home from next year's Winter Games, sending openly gay athletes instead to scold Russia for its anti-gay policies. This isn't the first time politics has intruded on the Olympics. Although the games are intended to be an apolitical athletic gathering, they have frequently provided a platform for protest.
The secretary of state told a top official in New Delhi that a row over the strip-search of a U.S.-based Indian female diplomat should not come between the two countries.
People now have until January 10 to pay for their first month of coverage through the health exchanges. But people using the federal exchange still have to get signed up by Dec. 23. Some states have pushed deadlines even later.
The ruling is welcome news for those like Joe Darger, who live in polygamous relationships. But others question the court's interpretation and worry about young girls they say are vulnerable to coercion into polygamous marriages.
Along with submissions for our Weekly Innovation post, we've also received ideas for things that haven't been created yet, things that NPR readers want to see become a reality (like reversible tattoos or steering wheel fans). As we look ahead to 2014, here are our favorite ideas of the past year.
Since he took office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has closed and consolidated schools, created hundreds of new ones and championed the use of data to measure performance. Washington Irving High School, scheduled to close in 2015, offers a window on the changes he's brought to the city's vast school system.
Rudy Kurniawan, once considered one of the world's most formidable wine collectors, was convicted Wednesday of making cheap wine blends in his house and then passing them off as some of the rarest wines in the world, for thousands of dollars each, at auction.
The Victorian proverb touting the health benefits of daily apple consumption has data to support it, British researchers say. And cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do, too. People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and take statins when directed would be healthier still.
The Federal Reserve will trim its bond-buying program, reducing its purchases by $10 billion per month.
Chinese state media have said the Dec. 5 incident involved the country's first aircraft carrier, but Defense Ministry officials did not name the warship.