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Mysterious Cave Rings Show Neanderthals Liked To Build

15 hours 21 min ago

Deep in a French cave, researchers have found numerous ovals of broken stalagmites. They believe the rings were arranged by ancient Neanderthals.

It's Still Hard To Get Birth Control Pills In California Without A Prescription

15 hours 21 min ago

California law now permits pharmacists to sell many types of hormonal birth control methods without a doctor's OK. But good luck finding a drug store that will dispense the contraceptives that way.

To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

15 hours 45 min ago

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.

In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

15 hours 46 min ago

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.

As The National Park Service Turns 100, We Can Celebrate By Not Bothering Wildlife

17 hours 55 min ago

The best thing we can do for wildlife this summer, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, is to back off while visiting the wild lands where they live.

O'Keeffe Museum Acquires Rarely-Seen Work By The Famed Artist

19 hours 21 min ago

An atmospheric image of barns in Lake George, N.Y., is joining the collection at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. The painting reveals a lesser-known genre of the artist's work.

Swiss School Board Upholds Handshake Policy, Despite Religious Objections

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:06pm

Two Muslim boys had refused to shake hands with their female teachers. The educational body in their area says schools can insist on the custom — and can fine parents if students don't comply.

6-Year-Old May Be Out Of Spelling Bee, But This Kid Is A Winner

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 7:57pm

Akash Vukoti was the youngest contestant in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. He didn't go all the way this time, but we've got our eye on him.

Business Of Disaster: Local Recovery Programs Struggle To Help Homeowners

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 5:11pm

State and local disaster relief programs are leaving communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy confused by the dizzying array of directives on how to rebuild.

We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:11pm

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.

ExxonMobil, Chevron Shareholders Reject Resolutions Aimed At Battling Climate Change

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:01pm

But shareholders at ExxonMobil approved one resolution that could make it easier to one day nominate an environmentalist to the board.

Even With Bundy Behind Bars, 'Range War' Lives On For Some Ranchers

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:48pm

Cliven Bundy and many of his militia followers are now in jail, but some Western ranchers vow to continue defying the federal government when it comes to cattle grazing on public lands.

U.S.-Backed Forces Launch Two Major Offensives Against Islamic State

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:39pm

The coalition has attacked IS positions in two areas of strategic importance: Fallujah, Iraq, and an area north of Raqqa, the group's de facto capital in Syria.

Five Days And Five Nights With Doctors Without Borders

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:34pm

They're in a crowded refugee camp, running the only hospital in a war-torn corner of South Sudan.

Louisiana Moves To Extend Hate Crime Protection For Police Officers

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

The state of Louisiana is close to extending hate crime protection to police officers and other emergency responders. The so-called "Blue Lives Matter" bill is a response to a growing sentiment among many in law enforcement that they are under attack.

When Maddy Became Jake: A Father On Parenting A Transgender Child

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to political reporter Jon Ralston and his son, Jake Ralston, about Jake's transition from female to male.

When Cars Collide, Safety Advocates Say It's No 'Accident'

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

The New York Times reported this week on the movement to get people to stop using the word "accident" when describing auto incidents and instead use the word "crash," as a way to hold people responsible for their actions. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Peter Norton, a historian of engineering and society, about how the word "accident" came to be used by the manufacturing and auto industries.

30 Years Ago, 6 Million People Held Hands Across America

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of Hands Across America. In 1986, six and a half million people held hands across the nation to fight homelessness and hunger.

Inspector General Report Criticizes Hillary Clinton's Use Of Private Server

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

The State Department's independent watchdog criticizes Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account and server for official business.

Donald Trump Holds Rally In California Ahead Of Final Primaries

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

With the Republican nomination virtually in hand, Donald Trump is on a campaign swing through states voting on June 7 — the final day of GOP primaries. He's also holding his first fundraisers.




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