National

RSS Feed
NPR

Ex-FISA Court Judge Reflects: After 9/11, 'Bloodcurdling' Briefings

Royce Lamberth, the retiring judge who led the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1995 to 2002, says he has no regrets when he talks about that court's business. In his view, another attack, in some form or other, is inevitable.
NPR

Chinatown 'Blessing Scams' Target Elderly Women

The scam plays off cultural superstitions among older Chinese residents. In San Francisco alone, more than 50 victims have come forward since 2012, with losses that total more than $1.5 million.
NPR

How To Make Disease Prevention An Easier Sell

The American health system is well-suited to fixing acute problems. But chronic issues, such as diabetes and obesity, have proved challenging. Prevention could reduce the risks, yet the approach hasn't taken hold. Here's a leading medical thinker's take on why, and how to fix things.
NPR

Coke Changed Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning; Pepsi In Transition

In 2011, California listed 4-MEI, the chemical that Coke and Pepsi used to obtain caramel coloring for their colas, as a carcinogen. Both sodas have been reformulated for sale in the state — but tests show 4-MEI is still common in Pepsi colas sold elsewhere.
NPR

Death Valley Is Hot Tourist Destination, Literally

Record-breaking temperatures are drawing crowds of visitors there, where they are frying eggs on sidewalks and posing next to a big unofficial thermometer showing temperatures as high as 132 degrees. Another draw is the aptly named Furnace Creek.
NPR

June Sales Rev Engines Of Detroit Automakers

U.S. automakers have reported the best monthly selling rate since December 2007. Japanese firms also saw gains.
NPR

Federal Investigators Probe Ariz. Fire That Killed 19 Hotshots

Near the city of Prescott, Ariz., crews are starting to make some progress on the 8,500 acre Yarnell Hill Fire. The blaze claimed the lives of 19 elite firefighters on Sunday. Tuesday night, several thousand people gathered at a football stadium for a vigil to remember the firefighters.
NPR

Fellow Firefighters Mourn Hotshot Woyjeck's Death

One of the 19 elite firefighters killed in Arizona was 21-year-old Kevin Woyjeck of Seal Beach, California. The young man followed in his father's footsteps to become a firefighter.
NPR

Doctors Recommend Baby Boomers Get Tested For Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C affects more than 3 million adults, most baby boomers. New York has passed legislation to become the first state to require doctors to offer the test to this age group. But some doctors are opposed to it, and it's unclear whether Governor Cuomo will sign the measure.
NPR

Texas Democrats Aim For A Bright Future

Texas is a Republican stronghold and has been for years. But the Latino population is growing fast. And that provides Democrats with an opening.

Pages