NPR Headline News

Subscribe to NPR Headline News feed NPR Headline News
NPR news, audio, and podcasts. Coverage of breaking stories, national and world news, politics, business, science, technology, and extended coverage of major national and world events.
Updated: 26 min 42 sec ago

What Makes A Human Brain Unique? A Newly Discovered Neuron May Be A Clue

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 15:34

The human brain isn't just bigger than a mouse brain. It contains at least one kind of brain cell that isn't found in rodents.

(Image credit: Tamas Lab/University of Szeged)

Whatever Happened To ... That Guy Who Wanted To Make Quinoa A 'Thing' In Rwanda?

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 15:30

Cedric Habiyaremye wanted to bring the popular crop to his homeland. Is it working?

(Image credit: Cedric Habiyaremye)

More Than 130 Guns Go Missing, Paraguay Police Say; Toy Replicas Left Behind

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 15:07

A cache of automatic rifles that were kept at a police station were found to have been replaced by replicas made of plastic and wood.

Federal Judge Extends Order Blocking 3-D Gun Blueprints From Internet

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 14:58

The judge says that Defense Distributed can't publish its DIY gun designs online until a court case between the states and the federal government is resolved. But the designs are already circulating.

(Image credit: Kelly West/AFP/Getty Images)

Toddlers Like Winners, But How They Win Matters

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:18

Unlike other primates, human toddlers watching a competition don't appreciate victors who shove rivals out of the way. Even little kids prefer high status characters who aren't bullies.

(Image credit: Rick Lowe/Getty Images)

Myanmar's Military Leaders Should Be Tried For Genocide, U.N. Investigators Say

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:10

A new report on the mass killings of Rohingya Muslims suggests six Myanmarese commanders be prosecuted. Investigators also say civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi did nothing to stop the attacks.

(Image credit: Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. And Mexico Reach Trade Deal; Trump Wants To Drop NAFTA Name

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:54

The Trump administration has forged a tentative pact with Mexico on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The next step is to get Canada re-engaged in the talks.

(Image credit: Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Hawaii Takes A New Spot In U.S. Rainfall Records, After Hurricane Lane Drenches State

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:36

On the Big Island, Mountain View recorded 51.53 inches of rain from Wednesday to Sunday — the third-highest total ever measured from a U.S. storm.

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Why Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants To Rename A Senate Building After John McCain

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:03

Sen. Richard Russell, whose name is on the building, represented Georgia in the Senate for nearly four decades. Russell's legislative accomplishments were many, but his legacy has a darker side.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Pope Ends Visit To A Disillusioned Ireland, Where Church Authority Has Declined

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:51

As the pope departed for Rome Sunday night, his visit to Ireland only seemed to reinforce the decline of Roman Catholic authority in a country that was once synonymous with the faith.

(Image credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A Dangerous Twist To The Latest Ebola Outbreak

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:32

How do you reach patients in a conflict zone? Health workers are coming up with creative strategies in a violent zone of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

(Image credit: Karin Huster)

In Psychology And Other Social Sciences, Many Studies Fail The Reproducibility Test

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:09

Many social sciences experiments couldn't be reproduced in a new study, thus calling into question their findings. The field of social science is working to improve its scientific rigor.

(Image credit: Peter Barritt/Getty Images)

Student Loan Watchdog Quits, Blames Trump Administration

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:25

The nation's student loan watchdog has resigned from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguing that its current leadership has undermined efforts to protect student borrowers.

ISIS Leader In Afghanistan Killed In U.S. Strike, Officials Say

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 09:44

Afghan officials declared success after American forces targeted Abu Sayeed Orakzai. The U.S. military says the strike took place near the border with Pakistan.

Don't Bug Out! The Smithsonian Channel Is Going To Show You How To Cook Insects

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 08:23

Dried Manchurian scorpions? Think softshell crabs. Crickets? They're not far from crawfish. A new series aims to showcase the flavors of edible insects — prized ingredients in parts of the world.

(Image credit: Smithsonian Networks)

Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal Keeps Parishioners From Mass

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 07:16

After a grand jury report alleging mass child abuse in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, some parishioners skipped Mass, including a family who says their identity and community are in question.

(Image credit: Virginia Alvino Young for NPR)

Jacksonville Shooting Witness Recalls 'People Crying' And 'Running For Their Lives'

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 05:17

Ryen Aleman tells NPR how he and another gamer hid in a restroom to avoid the shooter. As the two huddled in a stall, they could hear gunshots and the cries of people who had been hit.

(Image credit: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

NPR's Fall TV Preview: 20 Shows To Watch Out For

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 05:00

Broadcast, cable and streaming networks have a lot on tap for the remainder of 2018. Our television and pop culture team has assembled a list of the most promising shows coming your way.

(Image credit: Tod Campbell/Amazon Prime; Erica Parise/SHOWTIME; Colleen Hayes/Amazon Prime; Ray Mickshaw/FOX; )

T.I.: Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 05:00

In the fifteen years since he released Trap Muzik, Tip Harris has reinvented himself a thousand times over. But the stories he recounts from that era make his Tiny Desk a memorable one.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

One Of A Kind: John McCain's Indelible Place In American Politics

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 05:00

The senator and presidential candidate had a willingness to take the high road, even if it wasn't politically popular. That may have cost him some supporters but earned him the respect of others.

(Image credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)