National

RSS Feed
NPR

SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

The FAA is poised to decide whether to grant the space company a launch license. If it does, SpaceX could build its first commercial orbital launch facility near the border city of Brownsville. The prospect of living in the world's newest aerospace hub has stirred a buzz among locals.
NPR

One Montana Town Finds Itself Buckling Beneath The Oil Boom

Oil development is significantly straining communities across the Great Plains. In small Sidney, Mont., a steady stream of big rigs pounds the streets as a rapidly increasing population stretches the town's sewer system to its limit. As Dan Boyce reports, the mayor says the town has nowhere near enough money to pay for all of its infrastructure needs.
NPR

Retiring Rep. Henry Waxman Looks Back On Nearly 4 Decades Of Work

On Thursday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman of California announced that he'll retire after almost 40 years in the House of Representatives. He talks with Robert Siegel about his career as a lawmaker and contributions to health care reform.
NPR

Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

Paramount became the first big studio to distribute a major film in the U.S. only in digital, and others will probably follow. Small cinemas are struggling to raise money for the transition. Despite resistance from some major directors, the end of film is almost upon us.
NPR

Maine's High Court Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student

Nicole Maines, who is biologically male but identifies as female, had sued after officials at her school barred her from using the girls' restroom.
NPR

American Barista Fulfills Olympic Dream – On Swiss Hockey Team

Jessica Lutz has shuttled between Europe and the U.S., with the goal of getting to the Sochi Olympics. For most of the last year, she crafted latte art at a Washington, D.C., coffee shop.
NPR

Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Need A New Name?

The Institute of Medicine is reviewing how chronic fatigue syndrome is diagnosed. But some patients and doctors say the one of the biggest problems is the name itself. The hallmark symptom is not fatigue, they say, but a physical and mental crash after even mild exercise.
NPR

New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion

The video, released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, outlines the chain of events leading up to the explosion at Tesoro's Anacortes Refinery that killed 7 people.
NPR

Rep. Henry Waxman, Ferocious Liberal, Says He Will Retire

After four decades on Capitol Hill, the California Democrat plans to step down at the end of the year. He leaves a deep legacy in health and environmental law, including clean-air rules and tobacco restrictions.
NPR

This Photo Of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver

Even from space, the ice, snow and clouds blowing across the water are chilling. All five of the Great Lakes are icing up earlier than they have in a few decades. But experts say it's not all that unusual. It's just an old-fashioned cold winter.

Pages