Archive for December 14th, 2013


A woman hugs a student at Shepherd of the Hills Church near Arapahoe High School after a school shooting on Friday in Centennial, Colorado.

As Centennial picks up the pieces, Sandy Hook marks anniversary

After a gunman burst onto a Centennial, Colo., high school, the community is asking a familiar question: Why?
Administrators at University of California, Santa Barbara are encouraging fraternities and sororities to hold off on parties.
Officials are considering whether to provide students at UC Santa Barbara with an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus.
A woman who was raped repeatedly by her father and later gave birth to three of his children was given a light sentence for burglary because of her horrific childhood.
A student on his way to school
California Treasurer Bill Lockyer warns that the state teacher retirement system is running out of money. Lockyer predicts the plan won't exist in 30 years unless it's fixed.
Illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR

Before the prescription, ask about your doctor's finances

Now, as many doctors' salaries depend on how many procedures they perform, patients want to know whether their doctors are paid more to do more.
Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.

'New York Times': US may never know extent of Snowden leaks

Administration officials are also split on the idea of granting the former contractor immunity in exchange for securing any unreleased classified material.
Nelson Mandela casts his vote during South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994. Mandela's example led to more democracy across Africa, although overall political freedom has declined on the continent in the last five years.

Africa wanders from Nelson Mandela's path to democracy

Mandela showed the way as African states began to democratize in the 1990s. Today, African countries are holding elections with greater regularity than ever before.
A customer buys Mega Millions lottery tickets at a 7-Eleven store on Friday in Chicago, Illinois.

Mega Millions jackpot grows to $550 million

Don't dream for too long, though. The odds of hitting all six numbers are about 1 in 259 million.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama take a moment of silence in honor of the Newtown shooting victims on the one year anniversary of the tragedy.

A year after shooting, bells toll in Newtown

It was an intimate acknowledgment of the 20 children and six educators who were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago Saturday.
The monkey Iranian authorities said was sent to space in January.

Iran claims it has sent another monkey into space

The country's first claim of safely sending a monkey into space ended in controversy, when a different monkey was used in pictures showing the return.
Revelers Dressed As Santa Take Part In Annual Bar Crawl Thru NYC
It's time again for that annual Christmas subculture event, SantaCon. Men and women dress up as Santas and Santaettes en masse. Follow SantaCon tweets here.
Downtown OIS
A suspected drunken driver was fatally shot by police after an hour-long chase involving Los Angeles police, sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol.


More than a hundred people turned out for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing about the Vernon-based Exide battery recycling plant.
Lorde boyfriend
"Royals" singer Lorde caught a lot of online hate for her rumored boyfriend, James Lowe, but others saw an opportunity to attack racial biases.
occidental college
UCLA and Occidental College joined a program to help students at a handful of out-of-state community colleges transfer to a four year institution — for a fee.



Episode: 50 Years since the dam collapse and the first woman marathoner - Off-Ramp for Dec. 14, 2013
The Original Whistle Stop 1

What's a $15K model train look like? Pasadena's Whistle Stop has 'em

As with any other hobby, model railroading can become a little bit of an obsession. Modelers readily spend top dollar for detail and craftsmanship.

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