A McDonald's Happy Meal was allegedly part of a secret drug market run out of a drive-thru window at one of the restaurants in Pittsburgh.
January 29, 2014 Undercover police officers say they bought heroin at a McDonald's in Pittsburgh, acting on a tip that included a code phrase. They were then allegedly given a Happy Meal box containing the drug.
January 27, 2014 The charge: That he conspired to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to individuals who used the virtual money to buy drugs on the Silk Road website.
January 24, 2014 The shooting took place at a dormitory around 1:30 p.m. The Orangeburg, S.C., campus was locked down for hours afterward; a search for the suspects is still underway off-campus, officials said.
One of the world's rarest flowers has been stolen, Britain's Kew Gardens announced this week. The water lily Nymphaea thermarum is seen here in 2010.
January 16, 2014 An exceptionally rare flower that is virtually extinct has been stolen from London's Kew Gardens, in a crime experts say could be the work of an obsessed collector. aA British newspaper says that stealing the precious water lily "is like an old master theft."
Did an argument over texting in a darkened theater escalate?
January 14, 2014 Witnesses say one man was upset by another's texting during the previews at an afternoon screening of Lone Survivor in a Tampa-area theater. The dispute allegedly ended with the man who had been texting being shot and killed. The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder.
January 10, 2014 The upscale retailer isn't yet saying how many customers might be at risk, but it is confirming that a breach of credit card data took place. The company says it learned of "potentially unauthorized payment card activity" before Christmas.
January 2, 2014 A former Georgia banker who vanished while under suspicion for stealing millions of dollars appeared in court Thursday, after being arrested during a traffic stop this week. The man had been presumed dead after his mysterious disappearance 18 months ago.
The scene outside a Target store in Brooklyn on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
Eric Thayer /Reuters /Landov
December 27, 2013 Though 40 million credit and debt accounts may have been affected, Target says the hackers should not be able to decrypt sensitive information they obtained.
December 19, 2013 The retailer acknowledged early Thursday that there was a massive security breach of its customers' credit and debit card accounts. It started the day before Thanksgiving and extended at least to Dec. 15 — the heart of the holiday shopping season.
Police officers in Reykjavik, Iceland, are rarely armed.
Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images
December 2, 2013 A police raid Monday in Reykjavík ended with the death of a man who reportedly shot at police. Though Iceland ranks No. 15 in per capita gun ownership, gun violence is almost unheard of.
Eugen Darie has admitted to being part of a Romanian gang that stole seven works by masters including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse from a Rotterdam museum last October.
November 26, 2013 The value of the stolen art was estimated at more than $24 million when officials obtained insurance for the paintings. The works have not been recovered; some were destroyed, officials say.
November 21, 2013 The two girls drew the authorities' attention in September, after a 12-year-old girl who had been taunted and bullied jumped to her death. Police say that the girls will receive counseling.
November 12, 2013 Bethany Arceneaux's family managed to find and rescue her, days after she was kidnapped in Louisiana. Her alleged captor was shot and died, leading legal experts to cite a "defense of others" concept in state law.
When researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College scanned teenage brains, they found that the area that regulates emotional responses has to work harder to keep impulses in check.
Courtesty Kristina Caudle/Developmental Neuroscience
November 12, 2013 Criminal lawyers increasingly turn to brain science to explain their clients' actions. It's a tactic that's kept defendants out of jail. But neuroscientists say scans can be easily misused or misinterpreted. Now judges must decide whether the evolving science is being used in a sensible way.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/244566090/244689303" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
The sign to shame a pumpkin thief (with a rather mild expletive digitally hidden).
October 29, 2013 When Becky Reina discovered that someone had taken a pumpkin carved for her 2-year-old son, she put a sign on her porch to tell the thief just what she thought. The photo's gotten quite a bit of attention. She hopes the person responsible feels bad about it now.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor