California hopes to get 33 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. But that will only work if the state can economically store some of the energy for release on cloudy, windless days.
The director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter takes on the ABSCAM scandal in his latest film. He talks to NPR's Melissa Block about creating the picture – and how those wild '70s hairdos help inform character.
Time magazine has named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year. The magazine cited Francis' willingness to take on thorny issues such as homosexuality, the role of women in the church, poverty and the nature of capitalism. At the same time, the pontiff has done so while projecting an air of humility and compassion, which has captured the world's attention in just nine months.
After surviving an icy night of confrontations with riot police, protestors in Ukraine feel that they have won an important round in their effort to force President Viktor Yanukovich to resign. They have gotten strong words of support from U.S. diplomats, but they say it's now time for more than words. They say the next step is to marshal international support for sanctions against the president and his inner circle.
The United States has suspended shipments of non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels across the Turkish border. The move came after Islamist militants seized a warehouse full of supplied equipment and other aid supplied by the U.S. that had been under the control of the secular Supreme Military Council. Islamist groups have gained considerable ground in northern Syria in recent months in clashes with secular rebels and Kurdish militiamen.
The White House released some upbeat enrollment numbers for the troubled health care law Wednesday, just as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius headed back to Capitol Hill to face skeptical lawmakers.
In the fourth part of NPR's series, "Other Than Honorable," a Marine's life was ruined by the mistakes he made while in the service. Mike Hartnett joined the Marines because he wanted to be a tough guy. But deployments to the first Gulf War and then Somalia left him haunted by nightmares. He turned to booze; after a bad-conduct discharge he fell into drugs for more than a decade. Three years ago, he convinced a military board to upgrade his discharge. That change in status gave him the chance he needed. Now he's studying to be a social worker so he can help other vets.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Kansas supreme court should not have overturned the murder conviction and death sentence of a man who said he was high on crystal meth when he killed a sheriff near Wichita.