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The extremist Sunni group ISIS has taken several cities and is threatening to take more. But the triumphs have come in Sunni areas and the fighting will get much harder if ISIS attacks Shiite turf.
June 12, 2014
When you rent a bike, you usually have to bring your own helmet or go without one. If you ride with your hair flapping in the breeze, your risk for a brain injury goes up.
June 12, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.
June 12, 2014
A spokesman for Thailand's new military regime says that the action by the army last month to topple the elected government "is totally different" from previous coups.
June 12, 2014
If you have a capable device, no more cords or outlets required to charge your smartphone — not at Starbucks locations, anyway.
June 12, 2014
A shift in power is underway in Iraq, where the jihadi group ISIS has captured several cities in a recent offensive. Jane Arraf is a reporter for Al Jazeera America, and she comments on the violence.
June 12, 2014
In Brazil, thousands of protesters clashed with police just hours before the World Cup opening ceremony. The streets of Sao Paolo were filled with tear gas and concussion grenades.
June 12, 2014
Shortly after Rep. Eric Cantor's surprise defeat in the Republican primary, Cantor announced his plans to step down soon from his position as House majority leader. This will leave a void in the GOP leadership, an open spot that's sure to attract plenty of interest.
June 12, 2014
Facebook will share users' Web browsing habits with advertisers in order to help the latter target their ads more effectively. At the same time, Facebook announced a feature that allows users to see why targeted ads are coming their way.
June 12, 2014
The accident that seriously injured comic Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian has focused attention on truck driving safety. New regulations limited the amount of overnights truckers could work, but the trucking industry and its congressional allies are trying to roll back the limits.
June 12, 2014
Grave questions face the Iraqi government, and U.S. officials are scrambling to decide what to do. The U.S. helped shape the country; is there anything it can — or would — do to keep it together?
June 12, 2014
The U.S. Army sergeant held in Afghanistan before his exchange for five Guantanamo detainees last month, will arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on Friday.
June 12, 2014
Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.
June 12, 2014
Evidence from bone growth now suggests the T. rex and its kin had the best of both worlds. Their muscles and nerves fired fast like ours, but they burned energy slowly, more like lizards do.
June 12, 2014
The former executive editor of The New York Times whose sudden dismissal sent shock waves through the media world, will teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.
June 12, 2014
The actress who starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1961 classic A Raisin in the Sun died Wednesday.
June 12, 2014
Public health officials have dreamed of getting cigarette use down to 16 percent of teens, and that day has come. But some are turning to hookahs and electronic cigarettes, so the news isn't all good.
June 12, 2014
It will start drawing on Web browsing data to determine what ads users see, while allowing them to edit their own data profiles. Privacy advocates say the changes put too much burden on consumers.
June 12, 2014
Rutgers University students now have a homework assignment they might look forward to: Listening to Beyonce. Professor Kevin Allred discusses his course, Politicizing Beyonce.
June 12, 2014
Before Cesar Millan became a TV personality, he was a homeless, undocumented immigrant from Mexico with a dream. He reveals how his career took off as part of NPR's series, "My Big Break."
June 12, 2014

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