About 58 percent of California is currently in the worst of the four drought levels used by experts, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.
Some stories are just too weird, too funny or too sad to ignore. They may not be "serious news," but are so fascinating you must read them. NPR correspondents are on the watch for such tales. We pass along the best, from NPR and other news outlets.
The truce begins Friday morning local time. Envoys will travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal.
Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.
The 14,000-ton freight train could not come to a stop. But the women laid down between the rails and survived.
Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.
Yes, they've jumped on the bandwagon months after the fad peaked, but the video is still cute and will pick you up.
Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.
Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.
Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.