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Alaska's Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali, White House says

By bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name to North America's tallest peak, the Obama administration is wading into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.

President Obama has reason to smile. He's now just three votes shy of being able to sustain a veto of a resolution of congressional disapproval of his Iran nuclear deal — that is, of being able to advance the deal over Republican objections.

Obama gets 1 vote closer to 'yes' on Iran deal

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley announced he's backing the Iran deal despite "significant shortcomings." It brings Obama within three votes of sustaining a veto against congressional disapproval.

Workers wrap protective materials around a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis as they prepare to move the sculpture on the University of Texas campus in Austin, on Sunday.

Jefferson Davis statue comes down at University of Texas

The larger-than-life sculpture of the president of the Confederacy was removed after an appeal to block the move was rejected last week.

Oliver Sacks was a boundless explorer of the human brain

The acclaimed British-American neurologist and author has died of cancer at the age of 82.

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

The author and practicing neurologist, who also wrote "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," died Sunday at his home in New York City.

It's a boy! National Zoo reveals surviving panda cub's gender

Genetic testing also showed that he was sired by Tian Tian, the zoo announced.

When he says yoga saved his life, he's not exaggerating

A boy loses his father. A family loses its livelihood. The boy runs drugs and picks pockets so his siblings can eat. He is convinced he will die. And then ... he takes a yoga class.

Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal

The ruling means the government can continue collecting the data for the next few months, although the program is set to expire at the end of November.

Can you use that in a sentence? OED adds new words

The Oxford English Dictionary was updated with a number of new words, so, naturally, NPR held a contest to see who could use the most in a single sentence.

Within a decade, Pakistan could be No. 3 nuclear power, report says

Two think tanks estimate that Islamabad could have 350 warheads in the next several years as it outpaces rival India and several other nations in production.

Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

Undercover videos by anti-abortion activists have fueled a conservative backlash against Planned Parenthood but so far have produced no evidence anyone is illegally profiting from fetal tissue.

China detains 11 over deadly warehouse explosion

The Aug. 12 warehouse explosions were not only one of China's worst accidents but the deadliest ever for first responders, with 115 police and firefighters among the dead and missing.

Virginia shooting: TV station holds moment of silence to honor slain journalists

The station paused at 6:45 a.m. to remember reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were killed during a live broadcast.

Despite allowing gay leaders, Mormon church keeps Boy Scouts ties

The church implied it might leave the Scouts. Now, the church says as long as it can use its own criteria for appointing leaders, it will go on sponsoring troops.

Husband found on Ashley Madison: It wasn't me. (His wife believes him)

When Casey Corcoran found his email address in the adultery website's customer database, he told his wife. It was a mistake, and he wanted her to know that.

Selecting boys over girls is a trend in more and more countries

With abortion, infanticide and neglect, parents are taking steps to ensure there are boys in the family. Only six countries had a skewed boy-girl ratio in 1995. Today the number is up to 21.