Satirist Conrad Koch of South Africa denies that his puppet Chester Missing engaged in hate speech. When asked why someone takes a puppet to court, Chester Missing tweeted "You need to be a dummy."
The Tampa Tribune reports that state election officials increasingly are not bothering to tally write-in votes. It's a tragedy for Mickey Mouse, who as a resident of Florida, was often named.
A vocal critic of the Iraq war and the Bush administration has died. In 2004, Army veteran Tomas Young deployed to Baghdad, where a bullet left him paralyzed. Young passed away at his home in Seattle.
In a sit-down interview at his office in Dallas, Former President George W. Bush discusses how both he and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, waged war against Saddam Hussein, and the state of Iraq today.
A former top Justice Department attorney who fought to desegregate the South during the Civil Rights movement has died. John Doar was 92.
As western military forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the Afghan security forces are coming under increasing pressure - about 9,000 have been killed in the last two years.
In an interview with Morning Edition's David Greene about his new book — "41: A Portrait of my Father" — former President George W. Bush discusses how his father dealt with the fall of the Soviet Union, and how his own policies toward former Soviet republics affected the U.S. relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On the to-do list is a spending bill to continue government funding past Dec. 11, and a tax bill to preserve some long-standing breaks. First up, are leadership elections.
President Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping concluded their summit in Beijing on Wednesday. The two countries pledged to limit greenhouse gases, and their joint announcement is designed to set an example for other countries in combating climate change.
Steve Inskeep talks to ESPN sportswriter Pablo Torre about how Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees might respond to new reports of steroid use by star player Alex Rodriguez.
They've been fighting to maintain government spending for social services during a tough economy. In January, they'll face an all-Republican Congress, and the likelihood of steeper cuts has increased.
Democrat Alma Adams represents North Carolina's 12th congressional district. Steve Inskeep talks to her about her new position, she had served in North Carolina's General Assembly for 20 years.
The agreement is an unexpected act of cooperation between two countries that have been increasingly at odds over intellectual property, cybersecurity, human rights and trade imbalances.
Israeli policy bars Jews from praying on a hilltop spot sacred to both Muslims and Jews. But some Israeli Jews aren't sure they should even be allowed to set foot on what they call the Temple Mount.
Commentator Frank Deford ponders which city has had the worst luck in sports. It's hard to decide whether Cub fans or Cleveland fans deserve the most sympathy for their years of cheering on futility.
Unlike novelists and musicians, visual artists don't get royalties for their work. New legislation aims to fix this by taxing public sales, but auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's oppose the idea.
There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.
Police in New Jersey say the man was drinking and wandered into the road.
The replica, nicknamed Stan, is for sale in the Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas catalog. It costs $100,000.
Gen. John Campbell leads the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. On Veterans Day, he offers his assessment of the war as the U.S. winds down its presence and hands over responsibility to the Afghans.