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Angela Helena Carvalho de Sa helps young people succeed on land (as a tutor and mentor) and on the sea (by supporting a skimboarding program that keeps kids out of trouble).
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:47

She's a master multitasker: Angela Helena Carvalho de Sa dedicated many hours to working for Angola's underprivileged young people while studying for a degree in clinical psychology.

There are countless communication options, including Yahoo's new Livetext app. Livetext allows users to send a message accompanied by live video but no audio.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:44

Yahoo came out with a new app that allows users to send messages while staring at soundless videos of each other typing. It's the latest in the onslaught of new ways to communicate.

President Obama talks with <em>The Daily Show</em> host Jon Stewart.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:41

Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of The Daily Show tonight, after 16 years as TV's satirist supreme. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Stewart's barbs changed how people talk about politics and media.

Iowa Senate President Pam Jochum wants to make sure the transition of Medicaid recipients to private companies has good oversight.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:03

The way one fifth of Iowa's residents get health care is about to change. The governor is putting Medicaid in the hands of private insurance companies, and 11 firms are vying for that business.

Candidate staff and media gather in Cleveland at the scene of Thursday night's Republican primary debate, which is sponsored by Fox News and Facebook.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:11

Donald Trump and nine rivals are in the main Fox News debate at 9 p.m. ET. Seven other Republican candidates, including Lindsey Graham and Bobby Jindal, will take part in a prelude event.

Children offer prayers Thursday after releasing paper lanterns to the Motoyasu River, where tens of thousands of atomic bombing victims died, with the backdrop of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:09

The anniversary of the devastation wrought by the first military use of an atomic weapon comes as Japan's government is pushing an expanded role for its military.

American socialite Rita Lydig in a 1905 photo.
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:03

Ever noticed how some people from the distant past turned their backs to the camera?

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.

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