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: 6 min 11 sec ago

Flake Pledges To Block Committee Votes On Judges — Until Mueller Bill On Senate Floor

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 18:48

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., holds the deciding vote on a narrowly divided Senate Judiciary Committee. There are currently 21 judicial nominees awaiting a vote by the committee.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Draft Brexit Deal Clears First Hurdle With Cabinet Support

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 18:36

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that her closest ministers are behind the agreement. Still, that has done little to sway skeptical lawmakers from either end of the ideological spectrum.

(Image credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo Of Hitler Posing With A Girl Who Had A Jewish Grandmother Auctioned For $11K

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 18:32

Rosa Bernile Nienau was apparently a favorite of the man responsible for the murder of 6 million Jews. Hitler personally inscribed the photo.

(Image credit: Heinrich Hoffmann/AP)

Trump Backs Package Of Changes To Criminal Justice System As Lame-Duck Session Begins

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 17:38

Trump's backing is a big win for activists who have been pushing for criminal justice measures to roll back the stiff penalties imposed as a part of America's decades-long "war on drugs."

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Why A 'War On Children' Could Get Worse

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 17:28

That's what a UNICEF official calls the conflict in Yemen. And escalating violence in a key port city is jeopardizing aid to hundreds of thousands of starving children.

(Image credit: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

Rebel Democrats Claim They Can Defeat Pelosi In Speaker Vote

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:07

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continues to express confidence she will be elected speaker of the House despite effort by small group of Democrats who say enough members want change to defeat her.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mexico's Endangered Stingless Bees Mysteriously Find A Sweeter Home In Cuba

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:07

The bee, cultivated and revered by the Maya for thousands of years, is leaving its shrinking habitat for the Caribbean island, which uses its small-batch citrus-flavored honey mostly in pharmacies.

(Image credit: Eric Tou/Visuals Unlimited via Getty Images)

Maybe Neanderthals Weren't Quite So Nasty And Brutish

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:44

New research finds they sustained skull injuries at about the same rate as early modern humans. "I definitely think that it's evidence these guys were not beating each other up," one expert says.

(Image credit: Gleiver Prieto & Katerina Harvati)

Firefighters Corral Big California Fires, But Challenges Remain

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 14:55

The Camp fire, the deadliest blaze in state history, has killed at least 48 people. And on Wednesday, the Butte County sheriff's office said around 100 people are still missing.

(Image credit: Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Trump Versus News Media Lands In Court

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 14:47

A federal judge in Washington appointed by the president hears a case brought by CNN and joined by other outlets about the stripped credentials of a reporter.

(Image credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Two Reports On The U.S. Military, Two Different Messages

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 14:22

The U.S. has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars since 2001, with no end in sight, according to one report. Another says the U.S. needs to ramp up military efforts to counter Russia and China.

(Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Opinion: 'Nationalist' Arises, With Myriad Connotations, As The Word Of 2018

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 14:11

President Trump created a firestorm when he described himself as a "proud" nationalist at a recent rally. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the word carries a specter of racism and belligerence.

(Image credit: Loren Elliott/Getty Images)

How Doctors And Nurses Cope With The Human Toll Of Gun Violence

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 13:17

Researchers are trying to understand how exposure to trauma cases affects clinicians and how they can get the mental health care they may need. For now, there are more questions than answers.

(Image credit: Image Source/Getty Images)

Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly To Blame

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 13:01

The city itself — skyscrapers, homes and factories — snagged the moist air of Hurricane Harvey and caused more rain to fall. Two new studies detail how humans are making hurricane flooding worse.

(Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP)

Embattled Broward County Elections Supervisor Suggests She'll Step Down

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:35

"It is time to move on," said Brenda Snipes. She's under intense criticism for her handling of vote counting, especially from Republicans.

(Image credit: Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

It Was A Big, Blue Wave: Democrats Pick Up Most House Seats In A Generation

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:33

Democrats have picked up 33 seats in the House and could get to 39. Despite feeling a let down on election night, Democrats' House gains are their biggest since the wave election following Watergate.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

Florida Man Accused Of Making 'Highly Volatile' Explosive Popular With ISIS

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:56

"The white crystal powder has been referred to as 'Mother of Satan' by terrorist organizations," the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said of the explosive TATP.

(Image credit: Volusia County Corrections)

2 Years Later, 4 Family Members Arrested For Gruesome Ohio Murders

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:01

The four allegedly spent months planning the murders. "They did this quickly, coldly, calmly and very carefully ... but not carefully enough," the Pike County sheriff said.

(Image credit: John Minchillo/AP)

Officer Gave Security Guard 'Multiple Verbal Commands' To Drop Gun, Police Now Say

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:34

The agency said Roberson was in "plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a Security Guard." That contradicts what multiple people who say they were witnesses told the media.

(Image credit: Miles Bryan/WBEZ)

Sri Lanka's Newly Appointed Prime Minister Ousted In No-Confidence Motion

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:21

Just three weeks after being sworn in, Mahinda Rajapksa faced a hostile parliament with a majority of lawmakers still loyal to his predecessor, Ranil Wickremesinghe.

(Image credit: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)