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Sat, 01/10/2015 - 16:19

The Oregon Health Plan just started covering the cost of reassignment surgery for transgender people. Oregon joins a handful of states that provide such coverage through Medicaid.

A booking photo provided by the Seminole County Public Affairs shows George Zimmerman on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. In the latest in a string of run-ins with the law in the past two years, Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 15:42

It's the latest in a string of encounters with law enforcement since the former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin.

People paying tribute to victims in front of HyperCacher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes, a day after a gunman took hostages and opened fire.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 14:25

Today's gatherings across France are a prelude to a unity march planned for Sunday in Paris that is expected to bring two dozen world leaders and thousands of participants.

A large section of the AirAsia Flight 8501 tail was recovered from the sea floor and placed on the deck of a rescue ship in the Java Sea on Saturday.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 13:14

The large, red piece of debris emblazoned with the word "Asia" was lifted from the bottom of the Java Sea using inflatable balloons.

Bill Gates takes a sip of water that came out of the new Janicki Omniprocessor, which turns human waste into clean drinking water in minutes.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:03

And he drinks it. It's all thanks to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn human waste into clean water.

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 11:58

The private launch contractor resupplying the ISS said a plan to recover the rocket's spent first stage at sea hit a snag.

Hayat Boumeddiene in a 2010 mugshot.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:26

Three assailants who allegedly carried out two separate attacks in and around the French capital this week were reportedly linked by religious zealotry and a 2010 prison-break plot.

A protester demonstrates for higher wages for fast food workers in Jackson, Miss., in December. Employers are hiring more people, but overall, the wages they're paying remain flat.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 09:33

Hopes that wages may finally be solidly on the rise were dashed in Friday's jobs report. While employers added 252,000 new jobs, average hourly earnings actually dipped.

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:23

We asked you what education stories you're expecting in the new year. We got a lot of ideas.

A police officer carries flower tributes at the site of Friday's attack on a kosher market in Paris, France.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 07:48

Hayat Boumeddiene, the woman who escaped during the siege of a kosher supermarket in Paris, has yet to be captured as French authorities also seek information on the Charlie Hebdo assailants.

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:50

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to make the Keystone XL pipeline the first order of business in the new term. One week in, however, the bill is still a long way from passing.

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:50

An experimental rocket launched by SpaceX Saturday was a partial success. A cargo capsule will reach the International Space Station, but the spent rocket failed to land on a barge in the Atlantic.

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:50

France is recovering from three days of violence and murder — and trying to understand what happened and why. Correspondent Lauren Frayer updates NPR's Scott Simon on the latest from Paris.

James Snyder, director of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, with Egon Schiele's 1915 work, Krumau Town Crescent I. It's one of about 1,000 works of Nazi-confiscated art the museum has received. The museum has no record of who owned the painting before it was taken by the Nazis. In some 40 cases, the museum has returned artworks when heirs were found.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:50

The Nazis seized up to 600,000 works of art and much of it has never been returned to its rightful heirs, assuming their are any. Some of the art has ended up in Israel, creating complicated issues.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov looks on as Russian President Vladimir Putin, unseen, speaks to the media after talks in Moscow in April 2013.
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:50

Uzbekistan has been a key partner for the U.S. in the Afghan war. Now that the U.S. role in that war is winding down, will Uzbekistan's poor human rights record become more of an issue?

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