NPR logo NPR

News Updates

Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

Xanax and Valium, prescribed to treat anxiety, mood disorders and insomnia, can be deadly when mixed with other sedatives. hide caption

itoggle caption Dean812/Flickr

Shots - Health News

Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed MPBN

Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.

From member station

MPBN
Boston Bombing Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

Carol Downing is still haunted by memories of last year's marathon. But she's excited about reuniting with other survivors. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Michael Dwyer/AP

Shots - Health News

Boston Bombing Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line WBUR

At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. She's returning to complete the race next week.

From member station

WBUR
The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars

Smoke rises from tanker cars carrying crude oil after a derailment in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in July. hide caption

itoggle caption Paul Chiasson/AP

Around the Nation

The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars

Nine months after the deadly crash of a runaway oil train just over the U.S. border in Canada, U.S. regulators still haven't enacted new safety standards for tank cars known for their thin shells.

In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big

A customer pays a vendor for her purchases at Feira da Ladra flea market in Lisbon, Portugal, in October 2013. The government has introduced a "Lucky Receipts" lottery to encourage people to ask for receipts — which will automatically be entered into a national lottery for fancy new cars. It's an effort to curb tax evasion and raise revenue. Mario Proenca/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Mario Proenca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big

Buy a cup of coffee, and the vendor enters your receipt in a national lottery. The prize? A new Audi each week. It's a way struggling Portugal hopes to battle the black market and boost tax revenue.

Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real Enemy Of The Afghanistan War

Children play at the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. hide caption

itoggle caption Aqeel Ahmed/AP

Author Interviews

Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real Enemy Of The Afghanistan War

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich waves after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., on March 8. hide caption

itoggle caption Cliff Owen/AP

It's All Politics

Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

Topping the list of the former GOP presidential candidate's creditors is an air charter company called Moby Dick Airways. The second biggest creditor? Newt Gingrich himself.

The Salt

Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs

Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. And an ancient art form has been passed down, transforming a symbolic source of food into a dazzling decoration.

Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft results from gravitational effects on ring particles by an object that may be replaying the birth process of icy moons. hide caption

itoggle caption NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The Two-Way - News Blog

Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

The Cassini spacecraft spotted a disturbance in the sixth planet's outermost main ring that is thought to be caused by a tiny moon.

load more...
Back to top