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Freya the walrus is pictured sitting on a boat in Frognerkilen in Oslo, Norway, on July 18. Authorities in Norway said on Sunday that they have euthanized the walrus that had drawn crowds of spectators in the Oslo Fjord after concluding it posed a risk to humans.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 12:00

Freya the walrus became a popular attraction in recent weeks, despite warnings from officials that people should refrain from getting close and posing for pictures with the massive marine mammal.

Author Salman Rushdie, pictured in 2018, is expected to survive a stabbing attack, his agent says.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 10:32

The author is recovering, but it would be a long process, Rushdie's agent said. His injuries include a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye.

A man takes a picture of a poster paying homage to veteran stock market investor and Indian billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala in Mumbai, India, on Sunday. Jhunjhunwala, died at the age of 62.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 09:48

Jhunjhunwala, a chartered accountant from the northern state of Rajasthan, began investing in the stock market while he was still in college, starting off with capital of just 5,000 rupees ($63).

Police are seen at the barricade where a man crashed his car early Sunday morning. Authorities say the man then exited the car and fired a gun several times into the air before killing himself.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 09:14

A man drove into a barricade and fired a gun into the air before killing himself, authorities said. He did not appear to be targeting any members of Congress.

Babies around the world evoke a special kind of language from grown-ups. Above: Photographer Sarah Waiswa, born in Uganda and now living in Kenya, made this photo of her daughter, Ria.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 09:01

Studies have long shown that Western parents speak a singsongy high-pitched language to babies. Now researchers have gone to the Amazon, to the Hadza people and more to see if it's a global thing.

An individual right to own a gun for personal protection is an idea deeply rooted in American culture. But for most of U.S. history, there was little legal framework to support any such interpretation of the Second Amendment. Above, a man aims his pistol at a shooting range in Queens, in New York, in June.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 08:00

An individual right to own a gun for personal protection is an idea deeply ingrained in American culture, but until Dick Heller came along, there was little actual legal framework to back that belief.

Saudi Aramco engineers and journalists look at the Hawiyah Natural Gas Liquids Recovery Plant in Hawiyah, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia in 2021.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 07:20

Saudi energy company Aramco said Sunday its profits jumped 90% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year, helping its half-year earnings reach nearly $88 billion.

Sun, 08/14/2022 - 07:02

The circumstances surrounding the crash were not immediately clear, and Pennsylvania State Police said a suspect is in custody awaiting criminal charges.

Emergency personnel work at the site of a fire at the Abu Sefein church that killed over 40 people and injured at least 14 others, in the densely populated neighborhood of Imbaba in Cairo.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 06:59

A fire ripped through a church in a densely populated neighborhood as congregants worshipped, the Coptic Church said. It was one of the worst fire tragedies in Egypt in recent years.

Supporters stand in front of a pile of fire burned wreckage at Knoxville's Planned Parenthood on Jan. 6.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 05:59

After a Planned Parenthood in Knoxville, Tenn., burned down in January, patients relying on gender-affirming care scrambled to find support elsewhere.

Sun, 08/14/2022 - 05:00

One year ago, the Taliban raised their white flag over Afghanistan's capital for the second time. NPR toured the country and spoke to the Taliban and residents about what has happened since.

American journalist Austin Tice (portrait at left) was abducted in Syria in 2012. Here, his parents, Debra and Marc Tice, give a news conference in Beirut in 2018.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 05:00

American journalist Austin Tice is believed to have been kidnapped in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, in 2012. His mother says he's being held with a "government-related entity" in Syria.

Israeli police crime scene investigators work at the scene of a shooting attack that wounded several Israelis near the Old City of Jerusalem, early Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 04:25

A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus near Jerusalem's Old City early Sunday, wounding eight Israelis in an attack that came a week after violence flared up between Israel and militants in Gaza.

People walk by a subway stop in midtown Manhattan in New York City on April 13. Some of the city's top CEOs say they are being told by their employees that they are afraid to return to work after a recent spate of high-profile attacks.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 04:00

Companies in New York City face another setback as they push workers to come back to work: Employees are saying they don't feel safe in the city anymore.

The Internal Revenue Service building is seen in Washington, D.C., on April 5. The IRS got $80 billion in new funding as part of the climate and health care bill passed by Congress on Friday. Most of that money will be used to target wealthier tax evaders.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 04:00

The big climate and health care bill passed by the House Friday includes billions in new funding for the IRS over the next decade. Most of that money is aimed at catching wealthy tax cheats.

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