Stories for June 13, 2013
In 2004, Horace Atwater Jr. took in Adrian Hawkins as a foster child. Adrian was a teenager at the time, "this little, skinny kid, about 14," Horace recalls. "You didn't really have any clothes. You had mismatched socks."
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that human genes cannot be patented, upending 30 years of patent awards granted by the U.S. Patent Office. The court's unanimous decision has enormous implications for the future of personalized medicine and in many ways is likely to shape the future of science and technology.
Now that the Obama administration has declared that Syrian President Bashar Assad has crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons against his own people, another rare bipartisan moment has arrived in the nation's capital.
Lanny Martinson was a 23-year-old Marine sergeant in Vietnam when he last saw his dog tags. In the 45 years since, he thought they were gone forever, lost in the mad rush to save his life after he and other Marines walked into a minefield.
The U.S. Census Bureau released its list of the nation's 100 fastest-growing counties Thursday, and here's what we learned: They're mainly clustered in the South and West, and their rapid population gains are fueled by a wide variety of economic and cultural factors including the energy boom, military realignment, Hispanic immigration, student enrollment and changing retirement patterns.
Unmanned drones aren't just a tool for governments anymore. By as early as this year, the Federal Aviation Administration expects to propose regulations opening up the use of small, unmanned airborne vehicles -- or drones -- for commercial use.
Firearms manufacturers are pulling up stakes in at least two of the five states that enacted tough new guns laws following the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.
The New York Times is reporting that U.S. and European officials have concluded that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels.
At an age when most artists’ best work is behind them, modern dance pioneer Paul Taylor continues to win acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his recent dances, as well as his classics. Recorded during the Taylor Company’s 2012 performances at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents two of Taylor’s enduring masterworks: "Brandenburgs," first performed in 1988 to music from Bach’s Brandenburg concertos #3 and #6; and his 2008 ballet "Beloved Renegade," set to Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and inspired by the life and work of poet Walt Whitman.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans say they feel more accepted in society than they did 10 years ago, and they're overwhelmingly optimistic that the trend will continue. But a sweeping new Pew Research Center survey also finds persistent levels of stigmatization and secrecy in the community.
One out of every five senior citizens in New Mexico isn't getting enough to eat, according to a report from the United Health Foundation.
North County Transit District, which relies heavily on state and federal grants for train and bus services, doesn’t adequately monitor compliance with grant guidelines, according to a highly critical audit.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad.
An obviously unhappy Judge Edward Korman has approved the Obama administration's proposal to make just one formulation of the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter without age restrictions.
The story of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones involves a controversial speech to the Federalist Society, calls of racism, last-ditch efforts to stop an execution and now a rare formal disciplinary review by the Judicial Council of the District of Columbia Circuit.
After four years on the job, the nation's top doctor is leaving. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced late Wednesay that she plans to step down next month.
Finding the right treatment for depression can be a struggle. People find relief with the first treatment only 40 percent of the time. Trying different antidepressants or therapies can take months, which means months of suffering.
An explosion reportedly touched off a fire at a Louisiana petrochemical plant, but police say they aren't sure yet how many people might have been hurt.
This Father's Day weekend has lots to offer; from a festival celebrating all things bacon to a set of back-to-back concerts by a local funk band.
A Southern California forest fire continues to grow and has now burned an outbuilding in a remote and rugged area east of Los Angeles.
San Diego schools have canceled a program that gave shopping gift cards, chocolates and movie passes to cafeteria workers using money from a program to feed needy children.
In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that:
During the recent debate in Washington, D.C., over whether to let to local competing hospital systems build rival proton beam therapy centers, an obvious question was raised: Why not team up?
Hey, we were told in the '60s that we'd grow up to be astronauts if we drank Tang and that our heroes loved it!
A new report shows alternative fuels are developing more quickly than expected, due in part to California's low carbon fuel standard.
Once a mainstay in the top five states with the highest foreclosure rates, California has dropped to 11th in the nation.
Native Americans in the Southwest have received more than $96 million as a result of the nation's largest class action lawsuit against the federal government, and an additional $312 million is expected to be sent out this fall.
Update at 11:25 a.m. ET. Number Of Homes Destroyed Rises Sharply:
The good news is that "a massive storm system originally forecast to affect one in five Americans from Iowa to Maryland surged Thursday toward the Mid-Atlantic after largely failing to live up to its billing in ferocity through the Upper Midwest."
NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and putting it to work. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments -- alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation.