The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.
Hollywood is seeing pink as well. MGM announced on Monday that a new "Pink Panther" movie is in the works. Steve Inskeep and David Greene report.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says ballooning pension costs are creating a "looming crisis." In 2011, Christie teamed up with legislators to pass a pension overhaul. Local leaders celebrated the plan which raised the retirement age for workers, and required increased contributions from both taxpayers and municipal employees, as a big step toward fiscal health. Three years later, the pension fund is still billions of dollars in debt.
David Greene and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.
Bankers, regulators and former senators met in Boston on Monday to discuss the future of the financial system. At issue: Why did regulators fail to prevent the financial crisis that pushed the entire country into recession. And are we doing enough to prevent another crisis?
Women's groups say female workers can't know if they're being discriminated against if they don't know what others are paid. To foster openness, congressional legislation would ban companies from retaliating if employees discussed pay. But human resource experts say too much transparency is a bad idea.
The number of homes using wood as the primary source of heat has risen dramatically over the past few years in New England. And after this year's harsh winter, more may turn to the radiant heat of a wood stove. It's partly because of the rising price of heating oil, but partly the desire for home energy independence. Either way, wood stove retailers and cut wood sellers are rejoicing.
Morning Edition host David Greene sits down with Bette Midler at NPR's studios in New York. Her book of remembrances from her first world tour has been reissued.
Some Ukrainians insist the show is funnier when dubbed in Ukrainian rather than Russian. In the recent crisis in Ukraine, much has been made of the divisions between Russian speakers.
Latvia joined NATO and the European Union a decade ago. Its former president sees these strong ties to the West as vital to maintaining its security and independence.
How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity might be the year's first essential new book. NPR's Renita Jablonski picks up the book, and her cat, to see if he has what it takes to be a star on the Web.
Credit card data breaches get a lot of attention, but payroll system data breaches can have even more damaging effects.
After World War II ended, Rosie the Riveter traded in her factory blues for June Cleaver's pink apron. A new exhibit traces pink back to the beginning — when plenty of boys wore it, too.
Your boss may be younger than you, your fellow interns may be decades younger and you work for free. For Renee Killian and Danielle Probst, reconsidering their careers meant interning in their 40s.
For nearly 30 years, Jade Unger's family was embraced by a tribe. Then, in September, everything changed when the tribe's enrollment committee said they were enrolled in error.
DiCaprio's been nominated for 4 Oscars but hasn't won any. Chelyabinsk, in a region known for producing cast iron and cast iron sculptures, has made an "Ascar" for DiCaprio.
It included a hog-calling contest, a bacon eating contest and special dishes like bacon caramel brownies.The star attraction was a bacon bustier, which was worn by a model.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra faces a tough week of testimony before congressional committees about defective ignition switches linked to 13 deaths.
We're getting a clearer picture of how climate change will affect the way we live. A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.