US & World

Helen Chavez, widow of labor leader Cesar, dies at 88

Helen Chavez played a vital role in helping her husband improve the rights of farmworkers across the country. She died in California Monday.

On D-Day, students bring silent heroes of WWII to life

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, some American high school students are traveling to Normandy, France to make sure the victims of World War II aren't forgotten.

NPR photographer, interpreter killed in Afghanistan

NPR photojournalist David Gilkey and Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday while traveling with an Afghan army on assignment for the network.

Your guide: Copa América brings global soccer giants to SoCal

For the first time, the U.S. is playing host to the Copa América Centenario soccer tournament, bringing the hemisphere's top teams – and some of the world's best players – to U.S. cities.

For a cordial Supreme Court, keep the food and wine coming

When court is in session, most justices lunch together — but absolutely no talking about cases. Wine, however, is not unwelcome at some of their gatherings.

'Burn pits' pose possible health risk for troops

So-called "burn pits" were common at U.S. military outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Legislation in the Senate would create a center to study the effects of breathing their smoke.

In aircraft modelers' friendly skies, drones bring turbulence

Drones are the cool new flying toy, and if there's one group enthralled with things that fly, it's airplane modelers. But will the drone find a home in their hobby or lead to a regulatory crackdown?

Air Force jet crashes after flyover at Colorado Obama speech

An Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed south of Colorado Springs just after a flyover for a graduation of Air Force Academy cadets where President Barack Obama had spoken.

Children's asylum approvals vary by US region

Kids whose applications are handled by the US government's regional offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles are more likely to win approval from asylum officers than those applying in Chicago or Houston, according to data.

WWII veteran who fought to expose secret mustard gas experiments, dies

Charles Cavell spent decades fighting for VA compensation, even after he and others — who had been sworn to secrecy by the U.S. military — helped bring the testing program to light. He was 89.

After 48 years, MIA airman's wife wants answers

As the nation commemorates Memorial Day, more than 1,600 service members remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. For the families of some of them, the search for answers has become a lifelong pursuit.

Why are there so many flags at gravestones on Memorial Day?

At cemeteries this weekend, you might notice row after row of small American flags fluttering amid the gravestones. The history of that tradition dates back to the post-Civil War era.

Lifting the arms embargo means more U.S. military visits to Vietnam

Vietnam can now buy American ships and surveillance equipment, a response to China's moves in the South China Sea. The country can also host regular visits by U.S. military units.

A survivor's tale: How Hiroshima shaped a Japanese-American family

Kikue Takagi narrowly survived the atomic bomb that killed her classmates. Soon after she moved to California, where she worked for many years at Disneyland. Now in her 80s, she's back in Hiroshima.

A portrait of veterans healing from PTSD

Nearly one in three veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face post-traumatic stress from their military service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive

The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.