US & World

Powerball jackpot increases to $1.4B as ticket sales surge

The jackpot is so big that billboards in Texas and around the country have to advertise the price as $999 million because they're not built to show billions.

Veterans' DNA could help researchers revolutionize medicine

The Dept. of Veterans Affairs is creating the largest collection of genetic material in history. Their goal? A database that could change how doctors treat patients.

'Night of shame,' week of soul-searching: Cologne attacks divide Germany

Hundreds of criminal complaints have been filed over robberies and sexual assaults on New Year's Eve. The assailants were identified by police as "Arab or North African" in appearance.

US flies bomber over South Korea in show of strength

A nuclear-capable B-52 flew an hour south of Seoul over Osan Air Base in a show of force. Tensions have been high since North Korea's recent nuclear test.

Aid group says hospital has been hit in Yemen

Doctors Without Borders says at least four people died and 10 were injured when a projectile hit a hospital in Yemen on Sunday morning.

Amid airstrikes that kill scores, aid due to arrive in besieged Syrian towns

Aid convoys are expected to arrive Monday. Meanwhile, an airstrike in Idlib has killed dozens, and Syria has announced it is willing to join peace talks with the opposition.

In Hebron, a Palestinian preaches nonviolence

Many Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis have come from the West Bank city of Hebron. One activist is urging his fellow Palestinians to find other ways to oppose Israel.

More armed men visit site of Oregon wildlife refuge standoff

On Saturday, militants drove government-owned vehicles and heavy equipment around the compound, saying the trucks and backhoes now belong to the local community.

Surrounded by troubled neighbors, Turkey's conflict at home escalates

Turkey's army and Kurdish factions are battling regularly in the southeast part of the country, displacing thousands.

$900 million prize, 1 in 292 million odds, and a few more lottery numbers

The record-breaking powerball prize rose to new heights this afternoon. But did you know Americans spent more than $70 billion on the lottery last year?

Those men in Oregon: Troublemakers, terrorists or something else?

Fans and foes want the news media to label the armed individuals who are occupying part of a national wildlife refuge. NPR is trying to describe, rather than characterize. Here's our thinking.

Man killed in attempt to attack Paris police on Charlie Hebdo anniversary

Officials said the man shot to death Thursday wore a fake explosive vest and threatened officers at the entrance of a police station.

Native American tribe says Oregon armed occupiers are desecrating sacred land

The Burns Paiute tribe is demanding that the anti-federalist militants leave its ancestral lands. Paiute legend says the tribe has lived in this area since "before the Cascade Mountains were formed."

Saudis cut ties with Iran following Shiite cleric execution

Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iranian diplomatic personnel had 48 hours to leave the country and Saudi diplomatic personnel in Iran were being called home.

US repeals meat labeling law after trade rulings against it

The repeal makes it harder to find out where the animal that your beef or pork came from was born, raised and slaughtered.

Influential Shiite cleric among 47 executed in Saudi Arabia

The execution threatens to further damage Sunni-Shiite relations in a struggle playing out across the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran.