Coning left the Marines in 2013. His wife says she thinks it's likely he had post-traumatic stress disorder, but he was never tested for it by the VA. Courtesy of the Coning family hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the Coning family

Around the Nation

After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

A former Marine who served in Afghanistan took his own life recently. But there was no diagnosis linking his service to his suicide, making it hard for his family to receive full death benefits.

After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/492076788/492133106" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Lilian Tintori, second row center, in white blouse, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, takes part in a demonstration in Caracas on Aug. 31. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Tuesday to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence during upcoming protests seeking a referendum on removing him from power. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

Parallels - World News

Venezuela Turns Away Journalists On Eve Of Planned Anti-Government Rally

John Otis first covered Venezuela 19 years ago and has returned many times since. On Wednesday, while on assignment for NPR, he was stopped from entering the country ahead of a huge opposition rally.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, shown in June, has been widely criticized for repeatedly blaming Maine's drug trade on black and Hispanic people. After a lawmaker called his comments racially charged and unhelpful, LePage left him an obscene voicemail. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

toggle caption Michael Dwyer/AP

The Two-Way - News Blog

Maine Governor Apologizes To Lawmaker, Vows Never To Speak To Press Again

Days after leaving an obscene voicemail for a lawmaker, Paul LePage waffled on whether he would consider resigning and stood by his statements blaming people of color for Maine's drug problems.

Actor Hank Azaria was once asked how the Simpsons writers created one of his most famous characters: Apu. "Right away they were like, 'Can you do an Indian accent and how offensive can you make it?'" Sylvar/Flickr Creative Commons hide caption

toggle caption Sylvar/Flickr Creative Commons

Code Switch

LISTEN: What's So Funny About The Indian Accent?

Mumbai-based comedians Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur, Code Switch's Tasneem Raja and NPR's Amita Kelly talk about what "Thank you, come again!" means to them.

What's So Funny About The Indian Accent? Episode 15

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/492073698/492077285" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Diazepam, also known as Valium, is used to treat anxiety and insomnia. But when combined with opioids, it can suppress breathing and cause death. Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Shots - Health News

FDA Boosts Warning On Danger Of Combining Opioids And Anxiety Meds

Doctors increasingly prescribe opioid painkillers with benzodiazepines — medications used to treat anxiety and insomnia. That combination is causing a spike in overdoses and deaths, the FDA warns.

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff testifies on the Senate floor during her impeachment trial on Monday in Brasilia, Brasil. Ricardo Botelho/Brazil Photo Press/CON/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Ricardo Botelho/Brazil Photo Press/CON/LatinContent/Getty Images

The Two-Way - News Blog

Brazil's Senate Votes To Impeach Dilma Rousseff

The suspended president testified for 14 hours straight on Monday, and 66 senators gave speeches in a marathon session that stretched through the night. Then they approved the impeachment, 61 to 20.

Chris Bettinger holds the edible battery he designed with Young Jo Kim and other researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Stephanie Strasburg/Tribune-Review hide caption

toggle caption Stephanie Strasburg/Tribune-Review

All Tech Considered

Edible Battery Could Power Medical Robots You Swallow

Tiny devices sent into the human body for diagnosing and treating diseases run on batteries that may contain toxic materials. Researchers have come up with a safer battery made of natural pigments.

Monica Besra, 35, poses with a portrait of Mother Teresa at her home in Nakor village, India, in 2002. Besra claimed that prayers to the nun resulted in her recovery from abdominal cancer, something documented by the Vatican as a miracle. Rana Chakraborty/AP hide caption

toggle caption Rana Chakraborty/AP

Parallels - World News

How The Catholic Church Documented Mother Teresa's 2 Miracles

A cancer patient and a coma victim credit her for their recoveries. "You have to accept that there are things that science cannot explain," says an atheist physician who's investigated miracle stories.

How The Catholic Church Documented Mother Teresa's 2 Miracles

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491937448/492057184" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript