NPR News

Pages

NPR Story
11:08 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

KPCC'S Off-Ramp: Drones

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
8:37 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

For The First Time, Women Will Graduate From Army's Rigorous Ranger School

A woman participates in the final phase of U.S. Army Ranger training, taking place in the hot humid swamps of the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., earlier this year. For the first time, two women completed the training, the military announced Monday.
Scott Brooks MAI/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 9:06 pm

Two women have completed the Army's tough Ranger School, officials say. Both are in their 20s and are lieutenants.

NPR's Tom Bowman reports that the women, whose names haven't been released, attended West Point and will graduate with the rest of their Ranger class on Friday.

The Pentagon has not decided whether they will be approved for ground combat.

"They'll now wear the Ranger tab on their uniforms," Tom says. "A coveted award among infantry soldiers."

Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh congratulated all the new Rangers in a press release:

Read more
The Salt
6:41 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Were Carbs A Brain Food For Our Ancient Ancestors?

A group of British researchers has a hunch that once ancient humans learned to cook, starchy foods like root vegetables or grasses could have given them a calorie bump that fueled the evolution of the human brain.
Scott Sherrill-Mix/Flickr

Carbohydrates are a rich source of energy. That's exactly why some of us may feel a bit conflicted about them, since several recent studies and diets have suggested we should cut them to lose weight. (The latest study concluded that total calories matter most if you want to shed pounds.)

Read more
Space
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

U.S. Grants Patent For Free-Standing Space Elevator Tower

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now to space, and we'll take the elevator. The U.S. Patent Office has granted a patent for a freestanding space elevator tower. The idea of a space elevator has long captured the imaginations of writers, from Arthur C. Clarke to Roald Dahl.

Read more
Environment
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Navajo Nation Farmers Feel The Weight Of Colorado Mine Spill

After the Animas River spill, rancher Irving Shaggy is forced to travel a 70-mile round trip to get water for his livestock. "It's going to be a long struggle," he says.
Laurel Morales KJZZ

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:30 am

The Environmental Protection Agency was investigating an old mine near Silverton, Colo., earlier this month, when it accidentally released 3 million gallons of toxic waste water into the Animas River.

Initially the agency downplayed the incident and provided little information. So Navajo President Russell Begaye traveled to the source of the toxic spill and posted a video of it on Facebook.

In the video, he stands in front of the still-leaking mine.

Read more
It's All Politics
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

What's In Donald Trump's Immigration Plan And How It Could Affect The GOP

Donald Trump continues to lead in the polls and on Sunday released his first policy position — a conservative proposal on immigration.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:57 am

Donald Trump began his bid for president saying Mexican immigrants were "rapists," bringing drugs, and "some, I assume, are good people."

And, Sunday he made headlines again talking about immigrants. He rolled out his first detailed policy position, and it was on immigration reform.

His central premise is that immigrants are bad for the U.S. economy, and he ticked off a series of ways to fix both legal and illegal immigration.

Read more
Around the Nation
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

California Rations Birth, Death Certificates Amid Security Paper Shortage

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Read more
Politics
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

White House Plan To Tackle Heroin Abuse Focuses On Treatment

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Read more
Business
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Bloomberg Columnist: Report On Amazon's Work Culture Not Surprising

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

If the reviews are so mixed, why do people continue to seek work at Amazon? Justin Fox is a business columnist for Bloomberg View, and he's written about Amazon on and off for 20 years. Welcome to the program.

Read more
The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

U.S. Army Soldiers Mobilized To Help Suppress Wildfires For First Time Since 2006

Western firefighters will be getting help from the U.S. Army for the first time in nine years. Which fire the soldiers will fight has not been announced. In this photo, Sonoma Valley Firefighters put out a hot spot from the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, Calif., earlier this month.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 6:35 pm

The Army is deploying 200 soldiers to help fight wildfires that are burning through about 1.1 million acres across the Western United States. That's according to a press release from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

"It's been nine years since wildfire was so widespread all at once that active military troops joined firefighters battling blazes," NPR's Howard Berkes reports. "Four military C-130 cargo planes are also in use as air tankers."

Read more
The Salt
4:59 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

Random House

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:08 pm

In ancient times, farmers worried about losing precious grain to spoilage during wet winters. So they figured out how to malt grain and brew it into beer, thus preserving a nutritious source of calories. In The Comic Book Story of Beer, due out in September, we get a graphical tour of such pivotal moments — from the cradle of agriculture to the modern-day craft beer heyday.

Read more
Environment
4:53 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Papal Encyclical On Climate Change Puts Coal Country Catholics In Tough Spot

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Read more
Energy
4:52 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

W.Va. Miners Face Uncertain Future As Demand For Coal Drops

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more
The Two-Way
4:49 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

IRS Hack Bigger Than First Thought

The IRS says more taxpayers than it originally believed had their data stolen by hackers. The agency now says the total is more than 300,000.

In May, when it first revealed the breach, the IRS reported some 114,000 taxpayers' data was stolen. But in what the IRS is calling a "deeper analysis" of the breach, it identified an additional 220,000 cases where hackers got access to taxpayer records. The agency says hackers tried, but failed to access the data of some 280,000 more taxpayers.

Read more
NPR Ed
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

'Disrupting' Tech's Diversity Problem With A Code Camp For Girls Of Color

Teenage girls in San Francisco participate in a weeklong Black Girls CODE summer camp.
LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:11 pm

Silicon Valley is great at disrupting business norms — except when it comes to its own racial and gender diversity problem. In an open letter last week, the Rev.

Read more
All Tech Considered
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

Farmer Dave Alford can't fix his own tractors like this one because it's run by software with proprietary digital locks.
Laura Sydell/NPR

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly run by computer software. Now, farmers are hitting up against an obscure provision of copyright law that makes it illegal to repair machinery run by software.

Take Dave Alford. He fits that image of the iconic farmer.

Read more
Around the Nation
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Do Troops Killed In Oklahoma City Bombing Deserve A Combat Medal?

Keepsakes of Airman 1st Class Lakesha Levy fill her mother's bungalow in New Orleans. Levy and five other military service members died in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Jesse Hardman WWNO

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Constance Favorite looks over a table filled with mementos in the living room of her bungalow in New Orleans — shoes, a tattered combat boot, an American flag and three photos, each of a smiling young woman. It's her daughter, Airman 1st Class Lakesha Levy.

"If our day didn't look bright, she would brighten it up with her little jokes she would tell. I'd say, 'Lakesha, you really should be a comedian,' " Favorite says.

Read more
Education
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Study Finds Education Does Not Close Racial Wealth Gap

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 1:45 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Read more
Politics
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

White House Launches Program To Fight Heroin Epidemic

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more
Business
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Dismisses Claims In 'New York Times' Article

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:03 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more

Pages