US & World

A desk that can take a ton of earthquake rubble

It's fairly light, costs $35 per student and could save lives in earthquake zones. But not everyone thinks this quake-proof desk is a good idea.

Korean Air 'nut Rage' executive freed from jail

An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren't served in a manner to her liking.

WH ban on militarized gear for police may mean little

An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.

Marine veterans of Ramadi deflated by city's fall to ISIS

Marine veterans of the Battle of Ramadi see their gains erased by the city's recent fall to the Islamic State.

Mailman who flew gyrocopter onto Capitol lawn appears in court

Douglas Mark Hughes faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison. He was arrested after his April 15 flight from Gettysburg, Pa., to Washington, and has been under house arrest since then.

Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

Robert Gates, national president of the Boy Scouts of America, raised the possibility of revising the policy so local Scout organizations could decide whether to allow gays as leaders.

Why a Chinese government think tank attacked American scholars

The think tank's article says professors are miscasting the history of the country's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). That's big for the Communist Party.

Feds trying to determine if Amtrak engineer was using phone

Investigators I trying to find out if Brandon Bostian, the engineer aboard the Amtrak train that derailed last week, was using his phone when the deadly wreck occurred.

Islamic State takes control of ancient city of Palmyra

The city is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites, and it gives the militant group access to gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.

US releases documents seized from Osama Bin Laden's compound

Newly declassified materials include books, magazines and letters found during the 2011 raid on the al-Qaida leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

A 10-year-old makes a video so we 'don't forget Nepal'

Lucas Zutt has lived in Nepal since 2013. It's "where I belong," he says. He made a video so the world will have a close-up — and personal — view of the earthquake's impact.

Poll: 60 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage

It's a far cry from 1996, the first year in which Gallup posed the question to Americans. Back then, 68 percent of respondents said same-sex marriages should not be valid.

Conservative, Catholic Ireland votes on same-sex marriage

On Friday, Ireland could become the first country to make gay marriage legal by popular vote.

Elian Gonzalez says he would like to visit US as a tourist

Now 21, Gonzalez was seized 15 years ago from his relatives in Miami by U.S. officials who returned him to his native country. His mother died trying to reach the U.S. His father wanted him back.

Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

The judge panel said the previous decision by a three-member panel of the same court gave "short shrift" to the First Amendment and constituted prior restraint.

President gets his own Twitter account: 'It's Barack. Really!'

Obama's bio on @POTUS says he is "Dad, husband and 44th President of the United States."