Jordyn Leopold missed her dad and wrote a letter to get him a new job. Jordan Leopold was traded from the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets to the Minnesota Wild. His team says the letter wasn't a factor.
The battle to retake Tikrit could say a lot about what happens next in the region. Renee Montagne talks to Vali Nasr, dean of the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Tikrit, home town to Saddam Hussein, had been captured last year by the group that calls itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The new military offensive is relying heavily on support from Iran.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland is the longest-serving woman in Congress. She was first elected to the House in 1976, and 10 years later, was elected to the Senate.
On assignment in Israel, Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Mid-East Correspondent Emily Harris about the potential political impact in Israel of Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday. The speech highlights differences between the U.S. and Israel on how to stop Iran from going nuclear.
Nearly 3,000 inmates have been moved out of the private facility after last month's uprising, and staff is being laid off. There is a probe into how the for-profit company ran the prison.
In 2009, Beverly Hall was named national superintendent of the year largely based on her district's improved standardized test scores. But those scores soon came under scrutiny.
A disused church in the northern English town of Bolton has been transformed into a community center where all are welcome. It's the product of years of effort and difficult discussions.
Administrators are trying new recruiting tactics and offering bonuses to make up for the shortfall. But for now, open shifts in some states have to be covered with mandatory overtime.
Cheaper gasoline has benefited millions of motorists around the U.S. But in Houston the downturn in prices has brought layoffs and could hurt other sectors, including finance and real estate.
In Ohio, abortion restrictions have helped shut down half the state's clinics that perform the procedure, forcing many women to travel farther away, even to neighboring states.
Living in substandard housing can make health problems like asthma much worse. Two mothers tell of their families' struggles to stay healthy in poor housing and their efforts to improve their lot.
The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly's origin story.
Math. Measurement. Balance. Negotiation. Collaboration. And fun. You might call blocks the anti-app: These smooth maple pieces need no recharging, no downloading.
As a teenager, Aly Spaltro came up with the whimsical stage name Lady Lamb The Beekeeper. Though she still performs as Lady Lamb, Spaltro is growing up and becoming more comfortable being herself.
In remembrance of Leonard Nimoy who died last week, Canadians have revived the Spock $5. Those are Canadian $5 bills altered to show a pretty good facsimile of Nimoy's Spock.
Alton Bay Seaplane Base is the only ice runway in the continental U.S. When the ice is strong enough on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, the FAA allows locals to plow a runway.
Members of the Muslim minority communities In Britain, France and Germany discuss their feelings about how they fit into the culture of the countries in which they reside.
A massive analysis of hospital data finds doctors and nurses are not following guidelines on washing their hands before and after they come into contact with patients.