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.
Official: Deal emerging on Mideast talks extension
Eurozone unemployment steady near record high
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.
Aid groups see dire crisis for Rohingya in Myanmar