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This photo from the University of Virginia shows a chemical hearth discovered in the Rotunda at the University of Virginia during renovations at the school in Charlottesville, Va.
Sun, 10/18/2015 - 15:40

The "chemical hearth," dating back to the 1820s, was unearthed by workers doing renovations on the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It is thought to be one of very few such labs still surviving.

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 14:54

A late-night gathering in Florida — a charitable festival where people dress up as zombies — suddenly turned chaotic and violent late Saturday. The shooter is still at large, police say.

Israeli border police orders a Palestinian to lift his shirt at a checkpoint as he exit the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya in Jerusalem.
Sun, 10/18/2015 - 12:04

News of the wall being erected comes a day after Israeli officials say five stabbings or attempted stabbings of Israelis by Palestinians assailants took place on Saturday.

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 09:38

The number of charter schools that are suing the Baltimore City Public Schools is increasing and some parents need to make a choice between two big options: district vs. charter.

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 09:38

Conservationists want a large swath of ocean off of Cape Cod to be declared a national monument. Fishing groups oppose the plan, which would make Cashes Ledge and other fishing areas off limits.

Two men stand near the port in Gwadar, Pakistan. NPR's Phil Reeves unexpectedly ended up a VIP there — and it wasn't a good feeling.
Sun, 10/18/2015 - 08:45

Have you ever felt bad about something, and wanted to get it off your chest? That's how our correspondent Philip Reeves feels right now — which is why he sent this essay from Pakistan.

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 08:45

Yellow cab passengers have had enough. They are tired of the blaring ads and no way to turn them off. Finally, New York City is dumping Taxi TV.

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 08:45

The U.S. accepted just 2,000 Syrian refugees this year; next year it will accept 10,000. For those who are already here, especially if they are older, it can be difficult to adjust to their new home.

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, center, speaks in an open session of parliament while discussing the bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 11, 2015. Starting Sunday, the approved nuclear deal begins being adopted and implemented.
Sun, 10/18/2015 - 07:53

The Iran nuclear deal will begin to unfold in a series of steps that include nuclear cutbacks made by Iran and sanctions relief offered by the other countries.

Prakash Amte, pictured with his dog, founded a clinic and a school in a remote jungle in the center of India.
Sun, 10/18/2015 - 06:03

In her new book Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar looks at the motives and methods of people who help others — and the reaction of the less altruistic crowd.

Raymond Cabahug moved from the Philippines to teach math in the U.S. He likes life in "peaceful" Bethune, Colo.
Sun, 10/18/2015 - 05:13

Across the country, school districts are struggling to find new teachers. One rural town in Colorado is reaching outside the 50 states.

Kristina Gillis practices in the rear of a rowing shell along the Charles River, where she will compete at The Head of the Charles this weekend as an ID (Intellectual Disabilities) rower. The regatta has yet to formally include an event category specifically for athletes with intellectual disabilites.
Sat, 10/17/2015 - 17:38

For the first time, physically disabled rowers will have their own event at The Head of the Charles this year. But those with intellectual disabilities are still pushing for the chance to compete.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City after his capture last year. Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time this July; today, Mexican authorities announced he evaded an attempt to recapture him.
Sat, 10/17/2015 - 13:55

Joaquín Guzmán became Mexico's most wanted drug trafficker after he escaped from a maximum-security prison. Authorities said they had found Guzmán but he escaped again.

Alan Hoffman, shown with his wife Nancy at their home in Dumfries, Va., found that his Parkinson's symptom improved when he took a cancer drug.
Sat, 10/17/2015 - 13:18

People with Parkinson's and related forms of dementia improved dramatically when they took a leukemia drug called nilotinib. Researchers say the drug seems to help brain cells eliminate toxins.

Vehicles are stuck on a road after being trapped by a mudslide on California Highway 58 in Mojave, Calif., on Friday.
Sat, 10/17/2015 - 11:27

Some vehicles on Highway 58 were covered by mud that was 6 feet deep. Luckily, there were no reports of injuries or deaths.

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