This year saw a major development in a story that NPR's Ina Jaffe has been following since 2011. NPR's Arun Ruth checks in her about a group of homeless, disabled veterans who filed a lawsuit seeking housing on the sprawling campus of the VA health care facility in West Los Angeles.
In May, a massive mile-wide EF5 tornado devastated the city of Moore, Okla., killing 24 people. Now, seven months later, residents are rebuilding neighborhoods with improved storm shelters. NPR's Arun Rath checks in with the city's Mayor Glenn Lewis.
In April, we heard from combat veteran Tomas Young, who had suffered a gunshot to the spine in Iraq in 2004. His condition had degraded to the point that he chose to end his care and wait to die. But since then, Young had a change of heart. "I just came to the conclusion that I wanted some more time with my wife," he says.
Nearly 29,000 homes in Michigan still have no electricity — down from 200,000 after last week's ice storms. And more snow expected in New England could raise the number of those in the region without power.
Each winter, a team of scientists sets out on a search for those rare shooting stars that make it to the ground instead of burning up in the sky. There aren't many better places to look for these space rocks than Antarctica, often in areas where no human has set foot before.
Global warming is pushing species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction. It's not a typical conservation problem, so one government biologist discovered the best way he could help save the great white bears was to quit his job.
Thirty-four firefighters died in the line of duty this year. The unusually high number is sparking a larger conversation about the dangers firefighters face as more homes are built in and around drought-stricken forests.
As the vice president enters his sixth year as President Obama's second-in-command, there comes the natural question: What's next? A long-time senator, Biden has run for president before, and is making some moves that suggest he may do so one last time.
Connecticut State Police have released the final report on the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown. Though the investigation doesn't do much to explain what motivated gunman Adam Lanza, some hope it will give insight into the shooter's mental health.
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