US & World

Recall: US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed.

Why a plane-full of Good Samaritans flew to West Africa despite Ebola

On the plane to Monrovia, our NPR correspondent saw the best of human nature in the passengers on board. Almost all of them were headed to Liberia to lend a helping hand.

Liberia president describes heavy cost of Ebola

Appealing for more international help, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country.

Vatican bishops scrap opening to gays, divorced members

Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.

Judge strikes down Arizona's ban on gay marriage

The ruling Friday bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage.

Sunday Assembly, new atheist 'church,' celebrates 'the one life we know we have'

Sunday Assembly has a lot in common with the mainline churches its name calls to mind, and has almost everything people turn to organized religion for ... except the God part.

Vatican alters draft report translation about gays

The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English.

For more Millennials, it's kids first, marriage maybe

Millennials, particularly those with less education, are upending the traditional order of love, marriage, baby carriage. Many say they don't feel financially secure enough to tie the knot.

Royals hold off Orioles 2-1, finish ALCS sweep

Crown these Royals. After nearly three decades spent trying to return to the playoffs, Kansas City is taking its perfect postseason ride all the way to the World Series.

Microsoft Windows flaw let Russian hackers spy on NATO

A weakness in Microsoft Windows has been exploited by Russian hackers to spy on Western governments, NATO, European, energy companies and others.

Latin America ranks last in respect for women, survey says

A survey finds that those in Latin America are least likely to say women who live there are treated with respect and dignity, ranking below the Middle East.

At 113, woman lies about her age so she can join Facebook

Born in 1900, Anna Stoehr has seen dramatic shifts in technology. But when the Minnesota woman tried to create a Facebook account, she hit a snag.

Hong Kong: Street protesters adopted a 'Les Misérables' song

Demonstrators demanding full democracy for Hong Kong have adopted the anthem, "Do You Hear the People Sing" from the musical "Les Misérables."

North Korean leader reappears publicly – with cane

After vanishing from the public eye for nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back, ending rumors that he was gravely ill, deposed or worse.

China bans books by pro-Hong Kong protest author

Authorities in China have ordered books by Chinese-American scholar Yu Ying-shih to be removed from sale, as Beijing expresses its displeasure with writers showing support for pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong.

Militants take Iraq army camp as bombs hit Baghdad

Militants with the Islamic State group on Monday captured a military training camp in western Iraq, inching closer to full control of the restive Anbar province.