Some 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits shrink by an average of 5 percent this week, when additional financing for the food aid program included in the 2009 stimulus expires on Friday.
Many health plans under the Affordable Care Act don't cover abortion. But people won't have an easy time figuring out which ones do and which ones don't. Even insurance brokers don't necessarily have that information. It's surfaced as yet another issue dogging the health exchanges rollout.
As more school districts roll out tablet computers to students, they're debating how much to restrict access to certain websites and games. Some districts shut down wide parts of the Internet, but others are trying to take a more nuanced approach.
Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Ender's Game has been a touchstone for teenage readers for nearly 30 years. Critic Kenneth Turan says a new film version shows why Ender, the story's hero, is so appealing to young people.
Is that a left wag or a right wag? Scientists have previously shown that dogs tend to wag their tails to their right side when they see something friendly, like their owners. But a new study shows that other dogs can actually pick up on these emotional cues.
Government-backed mortgage lender Fannie Mae sued nine of the world's largest banks Thursday, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. The lawsuit contends that by manipulating the interest rate banks use to lend money to each other, the banks caused Fannie Mae to lose about $800 million.
A judge has turned down a California city's attempt to shut down a factory that produces the popular hot sauce Sriracha. Residents complained about pepper and garlic fumes wafting through the air. But a Los Angeles Superior Court judge blocked the city of Irwindale's opening bid to shut down the plant.
Woody Tinslow combined his enthusiasms for diving and zombies to create America's first-ever Zombie Apocalypse Diver course. You can get scuba-certified while being chased by zombie divers. The Connecticut course has been so popular it has spawned imitations in Hawaii, Kentucky, Arizona and Guam.
Rami Aizic knew he wanted kids. But as a gay man, he was not going to meet the girl of his dreams. Robin Share wanted a child but hadn't met Mr. Right. Then the two found each other, and 14 years later, they have no regrets.
Starbucks recently bought the Teavana chain and has opened its first tea bar in New York City. Some say the beverage giant's move into tea could hurt small tea shops. But others say they'll be in a good position to compete the way independent coffee shops compete with Starbucks.
Senate Republicans have once again blocked President Obama's nominees. Despite a deal in July to let several of the president's picks go through, the rancor has returned with a fresh batch of appointments. Two nominations failed within less than an hour on Thursday, and Democrats may once again threaten to change Senate rules so Republicans can't easily derail another nomination.
The wait to gain entry to adult English language classes can be long. Once you're in, balancing class with family and job obligations can be a challenge. But many immigrants are determined. Ana Perez says she tries to never miss a class: "A day of studying is sacred for me."
Steve Inskeep talks to freelance writer Johnnie Roberts and NPR's Gene Demby about the branding of high-end products — and the implications when companies specifically court, or exclude, consumers based on race.
Some hard-liners in Iran are planning a "Grand Day of Death to America" on Monday — the anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in 1979. Revolutionary Guards commanders promise the slogan will "echo across the nation."
A Hallmark Christmas ornament has drawn criticism from people who accuse the greeting card company of political correctness and anti-gay bias. The ornament — a tiny sweater — is decorated with the words "Don we now our FUN apparel!" "Fun" replaces the word "gay" from the line in the Christmas song "Deck the Halls." Hallmark says it was trying to avoid misinterpretation and should never have made the change.