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Hackers say they took control of a Tesla Model S through the car's computers. Tesla Motors says it is updating its systems with a patch to fix the vulnerability.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:58

Hackers demonstrated they could break into and disable a Model S. But unlike other car companies, Tesla has the ability to quickly patch its software.

Protesters arrive at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on the first day of the trial of former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick in Charlotte. Kerrick is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:33

As a police officer is tried for manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man, is Charlotte's reputation for progress on race on trial too?

An army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt, on Thursday.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:17

The $8.5 billion project includes a new 22-mile channel to allow two-way traffic and the deepening and widening of other parts of the canal to accommodate larger vessels.

An Italian navy boat from the ship Francesco Mimbelli approaches a rubber dinghy carrying migrants during a rescue operation off the coast of Libya.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:08

Military and rescue teams are searching for survivors from the boat, which was initially estimated to have 600 people aboard.

There are just so many GOP presidential candidates...can we really tell who leads whom right now?
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:02

Confused about which polls to trust and which not to? Here's how to be smart when you read the latest facts and figures.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:01

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the comedian will be questioned under oath about allegations of sexual assault. A judge has set a date of Oct. 9.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:33

NPR Ed chats with authors Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy about the political classroom.

Surrounded by journalists, a relative of passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 wears a sign reading "Must return safely!" during a protest held by victims' families Thursday outside the Malaysia Airlines office in Beijing.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:16

Malaysian officials say a wing fragment found on Reunion Island is from the missing Flight MH370; French investigators say they're almost — but not quite — certain.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, former Sen. Rick Santorum, center, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on stage before a candidate forum in New Hampshire earlier this week.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:03

Ahead of Thursday's debates, some presidential hopefuls posted videos asking their rivals some tough — and not so tough — questions.

Bela Gil is a nutritionist, a chef with several cookbooks to her name and host of her own TV show.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:00

Processed and fast food have become status symbols in Brazil, while some are frowning on local fruits and vegetables. Bela Gil is trying to change the conversation.

The Totenberg family: Amy (left), Nina, Melanie, Roman and Jill.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:00

For decades virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg played his prized Stradivarius around the world. Then one day in 1980 it was snatched. Gone. But in June the FBI called his daughter with news.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:00

Male humpback whales create 'songs' together, scientists say. Katy Payne was the first to hear the shifts in pitch and pattern in the collective calls as complex music — haunting, evolving tunes.

Patient reviews of doctors tend to focus on non-medical issues like wait time, billing and front office staff.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:00

Doctors hate online rankings, saying patients don't get the nuances of medicine. But health care reviews on Yelp are more positive overall than they are for restaurants and other services.

U.S. strategists wanted to flatten an entire city with a single atomic bomb: Hiroshima was the right size.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 03:22

Seventy years ago, an atomic bomb wiped a city off the map. The committee that picked the target knew the destruction would be awful, but hoped it could end the war and stop future use of such bombs.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 21:11

State officials say years of deregulation have made it nearly impossible for authorities to find out details from telecom companies.


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