• Megan Yurko and her horse, Beea. Now 16, Megan has been cowgirl barrel racing since the age of 6.
    Courtesy of Megan Yurko
    12:19pm Jan 17, 2014
    Sports Sports National

    Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame

    High schooler Megan Yurko won more than $21,000 last year in cowgirl barrel races. The sport requires circling three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern at top speed, and Yurko hopes she'll leave this weekend's world championship competition as the top ranked racer.
  • 9:11pm Jan 15, 2014
    National National

    Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

    An anti-SeaWorld movement has unfolded online and on social media in the wake of the documentary about the death of an orca trainer at the park. Musical acts and schoolchildren have boycotted the theme park — but it's still drawing big crowds.
  • 7:44pm Jan 15, 2014
    National National Politics & Government

    Senate Committee Lays Blame For Benghazi With State Department

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a new bipartisan report on the 2012 Benghazi attack. The report finds that the attack was preventable. According to the committee, fault lies with the State Department for failing to provide adequate security or heed warnings about a deteriorating security situation. The committee claims that individuals associated with al-Qaida affiliates participated in the attack, but it stops short of saying the attack was pre-planned. The report also does not implicate the "core" al-Qaida leadership.
  • 6:18pm Jan 15, 2014
    National National Politics & Government

    Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

    In an increasing number of states, one party controls both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. While both parties have contributed to the trend, the Republicans have had a lot more success with it. Reporter Nicholas Confessore credits the foresight of GOP strategists.
  • 11:51am Jan 15, 2014
    Sports Sports National

    Women's Team Sports: Where Is The Love?

    Commentator Frank Deford ponders why individual women's sports continue to be popular fare, while women's team sports simply never manage to attract much attention, let alone success.
  • 9:01am Jan 15, 2014
    National National Politics & Government

    'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown

    The so-called "omnibus" package of all 12 annual spending bills has more money in it than what Congressional Republicans wanted, but less than what President Obama had asked for. There is some disappointment with the measure on both sides of the aisle, but this time nobody is talking about forcing another government shutdown.
  • 6:33pm Jan 14, 2014
    National National Politics & Government

    Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits

    The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage.
  • 6:33pm Jan 14, 2014
    National National

    In California, Alarm Grows Over Shrinking Water Levels

    The drought in California has become so severe that cities are preparing to impose restrictions on water use in homes. In Northern California, the water level in Folsom Lake is so low that remnants of Gold Rush life, which have long been underwater, are now exposed and being collected.
  • Students in Central High School walk through the hallways between classes.
    Debbie Elliot / NPR
    1:30pm Jan 14, 2014
    National National Politics & Government

    Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

    In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge approved a settlement that brings an end to a landmark school desegregation case. The case dates back to 1957, when nine black students integrated Central High School, which up until that point was all-white. But after 60 years of desegregation efforts, are the classes really integrated?