The youngest person executed in the U.S. past century was a 14-year-old, African-American boy named George Stinney, Jr., who died in 1944. A South Carolina court has cleared his name, ruling that he was given an unfair trial.
Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.
Renee Montagne talks to John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. He recently released a report highlighting significant waste, fraud and abuse in the U.S. funded program.
In re-opening diplomatic ties with Cuba, President Obama is following through on the strategy he outlined during his first White House campaign more than seven years ago. The president believes engagement with Cuba is a powerful tool than isolation.
President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba does not lift the trade embargo. That jurisdiction belongs to Congress, but do the upcoming changes all but undermine the embargo?
Obama announced diplomatic relations will be restored with Cuba. Travel and trade restrictions will be relaxed. What does this mean for Cubans who have been pushing for democracy?
Renee Montagne talks with Miles Hoffman about the history of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players, and authored The NPR Classical Music Companion.
Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the legendary Murrow boys, who covered World War 2 for CBS radio. Edward R. Murrow hired the pioneering group of journalists.
There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.
John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration after 4 and a half years as its chief. He will become president of a Christian university in Indiana.
President Obama announced the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years. Renee Montagne talks to journalist Marc Frank in Havana for Cuban reaction to the announcement.
When he announced the release of Alan Gross and plans to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama also referenced Miami. Some Cuban Americans welcome the changes, others see the action as a betrayal.
U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.
Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.
Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.
An orange tabby became something of a celebrity after sneaking into a seafood shop at Vladivostok airport. The cat polished off the entire seafood counter, and then dashed off.
Jon McAchran proposed to his girlfriend Ashley while skating on an ice rink beneath the Eiffel Tower. An AP photographer was taking pictures of tourists and captured Jon giving her the ring.
Five years ago, tensions reached a breaking point between police and the growing Latino community in East Haven, Ct. The Justice Department began to oversee the department.
Aides say President Obama will sign a bill, authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. The Russian economy is already reeling from earlier western sanctions and from the steep drop in oil prices. Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far resisted the mounting economic pressure to change course.
Author Ahmed Rashid talks to Steve Inskeep about how Pakistan's political climate helped to foster Tuesday's horrific attack on a school in Peshawar.