• 4:38pm Dec 30, 2013
    National National

    Priest Released After Court Overturns Child Endangerment Charge

    A Catholic Church official convicted of child endangerment as part of a priest abuse scandal will be released from prison soon. An appeals court overturned his conviction and a Philadelphia judge ordered Monsignor William Lynn released on $250,000 bail. Prosecutors vow to restore the conviction.
  • 8:22am Dec 30, 2013
    National National Environment

    A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection

    Thirty-four firefighters died in the line of duty this year. The unusually high number is sparking a larger conversation about the dangers firefighters face as more homes are built in and around drought-stricken forests.
  • 11:12am Dec 29, 2013
    National National

    Task Force Recommends Changes At Maryland's Prisons

    The panel has approved 18 recommendations it hopes will make things safer at the state's prisons. The proposals come on the heels of recent indictments of corrections officers and inmates at a Baltimore jail that involved drug smuggling and sexual impropriety.
  • 6:54pm Dec 28, 2013
    National National

    Property Battle Leaves LA Homeless Vets With Few Options

    This year saw a major development in a story that NPR's Ina Jaffe has been following since 2011. NPR's Arun Ruth checks in her about a group of homeless, disabled veterans who filed a lawsuit seeking housing on the sprawling campus of the VA health care facility in West Los Angeles.
  • 6:54pm Dec 28, 2013
    National National

    Still In Recovery, Okla. Builds Defenses Against Future Storms

    In May, a massive mile-wide EF5 tornado devastated the city of Moore, Okla., killing 24 people. Now, seven months later, residents are rebuilding neighborhoods with improved storm shelters. NPR's Arun Rath checks in with the city's Mayor Glenn Lewis.
  • 4:24pm Dec 28, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice

    As the vice president enters his sixth year as President Obama's second-in-command, there comes the natural question: What's next? A long-time senator, Biden has run for president before, and is making some moves that suggest he may do so one last time.
  • 3:43pm Dec 28, 2013
    National National Environment

    A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public

    Global warming is pushing species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction. It's not a typical conservation problem, so one government biologist discovered the best way he could help save the great white bears was to quit his job.
  • 7:15pm Dec 27, 2013
    National National Economy Environment

    Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms

    North Dakota and western Canada are producing crude oil faster than rail cars and pipelines can take it to refineries. Now, one company wants to ship it by barge across the Great Lakes. That worries environmentalists, who say a 2010 tar sands oil spill near Lake Michigan has yet to be fully cleaned up.
  • Energy companies are adding workers, but fatal accidents are on the rise, too.
    7:15pm Dec 27, 2013
    National National Economy

    On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands

    As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, energy companies are hiring, adding 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012. But the hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job, twice as many as in 2009.