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In rural North Dakota, where Melanie Hoffert grew up on her family farm, discussing subjects like homosexuality and same-sex marriage is often considered taboo.
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:51

Author Melanie Hoffert grew up gay in rural America, where coming out was difficult. But that hasn't stopped her family from having a frank and challenging conversation about same-sex marriage.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:49

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

American journalist Ned Parker (foreground) is the Reuters bureau chief in Baghdad. He fled Iraq last week after receiving threats in response to reports on human rights abuses by Shiite militias allied with Iraq's government. He's shown here at Iraq's Foreign Ministry in 2007.
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:46

Ned Parker has covered Iraq for more than a decade. But the Reuters bureau chief abruptly left the country last week after a report of human rights abuses prompted threats from a Shiite paramilitary.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, there were four flavors of Kind bar that were misbranded when the agency reviewed them in August 2014.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 18:14

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Kind about the labeling of its fruit-and-nut snack bars. It argues that the bars contain too much fat to bear the label "healthy" printed on the wrapper.

The new line of HiSo edible insects. The fried crickets are on the top row, in order: original flavor, cheese, barbecue, seaweed. The fried silkworm pupae snacks are seen on the bottom row, in the same order of flavors.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:17

Many Thais, and others around the world, eat insects. An entrepreneur is trying to expand the market in Thailand by bringing deep-fried insects off the street and into convenience and gourmet shops.

This undated image provided by the journal, Nature, shows an archaeological site, near Lake Turkana in Kenya.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:08

Researchers in Kenya uncover tools dated to 3.3 million years ago, long before the first humans, as we know them, walked the Earth.

NPR intern Poncie Rutsch takes a crack at making a big sound.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:04

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:38

Robyn Gritz investigated major national security threats, but says the FBI drummed her out of a job after she fell out of favor with her supervisors. She went on to sell cosmetics and answer phones.

Sequencing the genes of a cancer cell turns up lots of genetic mutations — but some of them are harmless. The goal is to figure out which mutations are the troublemakers.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:21

Genetic profiling of cancer cells can help guide treatment, but such profiles can be ambiguous. Results would be more accurate if all labs tested normal cells from each patient, too.

A gyrocopter sits on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. A Capitol Police spokeswoman said its occupant was arrested.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:45

The Florida postal worker had told many that he had planned to make the flight to raise awareness about graft and corruption in Congress. He was met by police with their guns drawn.

The team with SAR Dogs Nepal performs many search operations in the Himalayas. Last year they rescued five foreign trekkers and about 200 Nepalis.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:42

A 47-year-old man disappeared 11 days ago on a popular trail. The weather is so bad that helicopters can't help. His only chance of survival is via a small search team with four dogs.

An engraving of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington on April 14, 1865. Lincoln died the next day.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:29

The State Department has released documents from 1865 that highlight the disbelief and profound sympathy over the president's death from governments and private citizens the world over.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:28

Citing a boom in natural gas and shifts in demand, the Energy Information Administration says the U.S. could stop being a net energy importer "sometime between 2020 and 2030."

President Obama meets Cuban President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City on April 11. The White House says it wants to remove Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:44

The White House said Tuesday that President Obama would remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Iran, Sudan and Syria are also on it. But some states have made it off, too.

A gravestone identifying the resting place of seven unknowns from the USS Oklahoma is shown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The Pentagon says it will disinter and try to identify the remains of up to 388 unaccounted for sailors and Marines killed when the ship capsized in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:39

The ship with 429 sailors and Marines capsized Dec. 7, 1941, in the attack on Pearl Harbor; 388 were unidentified. The Pentagon decision, citing scientific advances in DNA testing, marks a reversal.

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