Stories for December 18, 2013
When it comes to the Olympics, politics intrudes more often than not.
Officials are hopeful that a late fall wildfire in California's Big Sur region will soon be fully contained, after the flames destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced about 100 people to flee.
For more than a year, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA have been engaged in a tug of war over the release of the so-called torture report.
Michael Steinberg, a top portfolio manager at SAC Capital Advisors, has been found guilty of insider trading -- the latest conviction stemming from a years-long federal investigation into the hedge fund's activities.
The Senate passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal aimed at easing automatic spending cuts and avoiding a government shutdown, following a House vote on the measure last week.
A federal judge's decision to strike down a key part of Utah's ban on polygamy over the weekend came as welcome news to Joe Darger.
In a year that featured divisive fights over the budget, health care and presidential nominations, the United States Senate took a break from partisan bickering Tuesday night to get in the Christmas spirit.
A panel looking into U.S. electronic surveillance activities in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations has recommended removing the NSA's authority to collect and store Americans' telephone data.
At Code Switch, we receive a whole bunch of emails and messages from readers and listeners. And many times, folks ask questions that get us buzzing during our editorial discussions.
There are seven shopping days left until Christmas. But there are just five days until another important deadline -- the last day to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act if you want coverage to start January 1.
A lawyer says an agreement has been reached to pay $5.8 million to the families of eight people killed and 12 injured in a California desert off-road race crash.
He was the man with "the nose of a blood hound," as one wine critic once put it.
The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce by $10 billion its monthly bond-buying program beginning in January.
China has confirmed that one of its warships -- reportedly the newly deployed aircraft carrier Liaoning -- had an "encounter" with a U.S. guided missile cruiser in the South China Sea earlier this month.
Now that the bipartisan budget agreement has passed the Senate and is headed for the president's desk, it's a good time to consider some of the takeaways from the past two weeks of congressional Sturm und Drang.
It turns out that readers of all ages -- from teenagers to seniors -- have questions about the health law. We try to answer the latest batch.
The first of four current or former BP employees charged with crimes related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill has been found guilty of obstructing justice because he deleted text messages from his cellphone that contained information about the worst offshore spill in the nation's history.
A special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service admitted Tuesday that he shared confidential information about ongoing criminal probes into a foreign Navy contractor's billing practices in exchange for prostitutes, cash and luxury travel.
The initial suspicion of many -- that Monday's bomb scare at Harvard University was the work of a student who wanted to avoid taking a test -- may have been correct.
In recent months, NPR staff has published a serious of questions-and-answer stories related to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now we've compiled them into an interactive so you can explore answers that are most relevant to you.
If you know somebody in Atlanta or San Jose, Calif., this might be a good time to get in touch.
California's San Joaquin Valley is one of the most productive farm regions in the world. But many farmworkers struggle to feed their families fresh and healthy food because they can't afford to buy the produce that grows all around them.
The streets outside Avalon Bakery in Detroit's Midtown are a snowy, slushy, mostly unplowed mess, and all these customers want to do is pay for their loaf of Motown Multigrain or Poletown Rye.