One year ago this week, powerful tornadoes killed more than 300 people in the Southeast. Experts now say that some tornado deaths could be prevented if people add one more step when taking cover: wear a helmet. But official guidelines from the CDC call for people to use their hands to protect their heads.
It's been 20 years since four police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King, and Los Angeles erupted in race-fueled riots. NPR visited two schools — one not far from the flashpoint of the riots, and the other surrounded by million-dollar homes — to see how the riots are being taught to students who weren't born when the violence hit.
TV stations are already compelled to keep records about the campaign ads they air in public files. The FCC's chairman says it's time to make that information available on the Internet. But the stations are resisting.
Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Skype, mobile phones, chat, instant messages and countless other tech advances, we're more connected than ever — theoretically, at least. But all too often, being totally wired leaves us oddly disconnected.
President Obama visited Iowa City this week as part of a three-state tour. As it was four years ago, Iowa will be an important state in the general election, which is expected to be a matchup between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Here's a look at ground operations for both candidates.
A president seeking re-election against a backdrop of a lackluster economy would be remiss if he didn't stress his unique roles as the nation's top policymaker for international relations and the military's commander-in-chief. President Obama and his campaign clearly intend to exploit those credentials for all they're worth while pointing out Mitt Romney's lack of them.
China has long dominated the sport of table tennis, winning almost every Olympic medal since 1992. That's not likely to change at this year's Summer Olympics, but one young American athlete may be on her way to giving China a run for its money.
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