In Syria, the moderate rebel groups supported by the United States have largely been marginalized, as more radical Islamists have moved to the fore. The new developments are forcing the U.S. to reassess its options and to consider reaching out to Islamist groups from whom it had previously kept its distance. The new criterion for U.S. support may simply be a willingness to oppose al-Qaida in Syria.
A student armed with a shotgun opened fire at a Colorado high school, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday. Police said the shooter injured two fellow students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., before killing himself.
We've been talking all this week with writers from NPR Music about their picks for the best albums of 2013. Audie Cornish hears from NPR Music writer and editor Otis Hart about their list of 100 favorite songs of 2013.
"Pick me!" That's what Boeing is hearing this week from the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes and get thousands of new jobs in the process.
Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, the mother of one young victim says she's managed to achieve something that many would find impossible: forgiveness. Scarlet Lewis describes how she and her older son JT have learned to live with the loss of 7-year-old Jesse in a new book, which is named after a message Jesse scrawled on a family chalkboard before he died: Nurturing Healing Love. The importance of forgiveness was reinforced for the Lewis family by a connection with an unlikely source: orphans of the Rwandan genocide.
Bob Mondello takes a look at two holiday crowd-pleasers: the latest iteration of a fantasy involving hobbits: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the true-life story of the creation of a 1960s fantasy involving a flying nanny, Saving Mr. Banks.
Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Reihan Salam, a columnist for National Review and Reuters, about the week's political news. They'll discuss the bipartisan budget deal, Speaker of the House John Boehner's harsh words for some conservatives and what the week's political headlines mean for the executive branch going forward.