January 28, 2013 The ultra-conservative Muslims, whose influence has grown since the Arab Spring, aspire to a society ruled entirely by Islamic law. But to their critics, the Salafis are religious fanatics who are trying to drag the region back to 7th-century Arabia.
January 28, 2013 CPRColorado's vote to approve recreational use of marijuana also legalized its relative hemp, which is grown for food and other everyday uses, not for its high. Large-scale commercial farmers may be in line to benefit, but growing hemp is still illegal under federal law.
January 28, 2013 To understand how social rules affect the interactions between humans and machines, scientists re-created a famous psychology experiment using robots. What they found is that if robots are nice to us, we're nice to them. If they're not, we "punish" them.
January 27, 2013 After inventor Mike Williams lost his business and his marriage, he ended up homeless. Then he found himself in the hospital after he was attacked and beaten in a California park. Dr. Jong Chen helped Williams back to health and back on his feet. Now they're working together on another invention.
January 27, 2013 Should NPR air inflammatory name-calling such as "racist," "homophobic" or "anti-Semitic" of a public figure when the proof is thin? A case involving Elliott Abrams and President Obama's nominee for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, raises questions about journalistic fairness, audience intelligence and American character.
January 27, 2013 At least three people are reported dead. The funerals were being held for 35 people killed Saturday in anti-government rioting. The violence erupted after an Egyptian court sentenced 21 people to death for their role in a deadly soccer riot last year.
January 27, 2013 In an interview with The New Republic, the president said that those who dismiss the traditions of hunting "out of hand make a big mistake." The comments come amid his administration's efforts to push gun control in the wake of the shootings last month in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children were killed.
January 27, 2013 The French-led intervention against Islamist rebels is gaining strength. African military chiefs say a minimum of 5,000 regional troops are needed to join the intervention against the rebels.
January 27, 2013 At least 232 people are dead and 100 injured in the fire that broke out during a college party at Kiss, a nightclub in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state. The toll could make it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in more than a decade.
January 27, 2013 Despite his disability, Larry Selman devoted more than half his life collecting money for multiple charities from total strangers on the streets of New York. The subject of the Oscar-nominated film The Collector of Bedford Street died Jan. 20 at the age of 70.
January 27, 2013 Call it "the rumble by the ruins." Each year, Turkey's toughest camels gather in Selcuk, near the Aegean Sea, for the Camel Wrestling Championship. It's a Turkic tradition dating back thousands of years. But it is a tradition under threat.
January 27, 2013 They are fighting back against drug traffickers and gangs who have terrorized the residents of Guerrero state. Armed with shotguns and rusted machetes, the self-defense brigades have set up roadblocks and arrested suspects — all without help from the authorities.
January 27, 2013 Republican Mike Pence just began his term as Indiana governor with a plan to cut the state income tax rate, joining Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Nebraska's Dave Heineman and other GOP governors in pushing for similar plans. But some Republican state legislators aren't convinced.