• 6:03pm May 24, 2013
    National National

    Obama: Sexual Assault Has No Place In The Military

    President Obama delivered the commencement address at Annapolis on Friday, challenging the U.S. Naval Academy graduates to help redefine national defense in the 21st century.
  • 2:58pm May 24, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Tracking Killer Tornadoes

    A series of tornadoes struck the central United States this week, including a powerful storm in Oklahoma that killed at least 24 people. Marshall Shepherd, the president of the American Meteorological Society, describes the ingredients of major tornadoes, and how they are predicted.
  • Nearly 30 years ago, Congress gave terminally ill inmates and prisoners with extraordinary family circumstances an early way out, known as compassionate release.
    12:54pm May 24, 2013
    National National

    Sick Inmates Dying Behind Bars Despite Release Program

    Federal prisoners can request compassionate release if they are terminally ill, but a recent investigation found that many die while their requests drift through the system. Now, prison leaders say they will simplify the approval process and start tracking requests electronically.
  • The origin of itch has confounded scientists for decades.
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    11:20am May 24, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Why You Have To Scratch That Itch

    Itch can be a useful warning sign, or a maddening symptom with no cure. But the origins of itch have long been a mystery. Scientists think they've come closer to understanding the origins of itch in a molecule that makes mice scratch like mad.
  • Sally Edwards (left), 80, and Lue Hutchinson, 71, visited StoryCorps in Cincinnati. Their sons, Jack Edwards and Tom Butts, are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
    8:22am May 24, 2013
    National National

    Military Moms: A Bond Born From Shared Loss

    Two mothers whose sons were killed during the first Gulf War talk about how they became friends after their sons died. The past 22 years would have been tough without the friendship, because, as one tells the other, "what's in our hearts we share."
  • 8:01am May 24, 2013
    National National

    Obama Tweaks U.S. Vision For Fight Against Terrorism

    President Obama discussed America's counter-terrorism strategy — including the use of drones and the prison at Guantanamo Bay — during an address at the National Defense University on Thursday. He rejected the idea that the country can fight an open-ended "global war on terror."
  • Cary Smith had picked up his son Jordan, 13, and daughter Tia, 5, from school on Monday, right before the tornado came through Moore. He and the family live close to Plaza Elementary, and he ran to the school to help pull a teacher and three kids from the
    Katie Hayes Luke for NPR
    6:08am May 24, 2013
    National National

    After The Storm: Students Gather For One More School Day

    There were hugs and tears, smiles and laughter on Thursday, as students and teachers from Plaza Towers Elementary School, destroyed in Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla., reunited. The school district reopened all of its schools just for the day on what would have been the final day of classes before summer vacation.
  • 8:23pm May 23, 2013
    National National Politics & Government Health & Safety

    Abortion Opponents Try to Spin Murder Case Into Legislation

    Abortion opponents are hoping the recent murder conviction of Pennsylvania abortion provider Kermit Gosnell will lead to more scrutiny of second trimester abortions. They're working on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — nationwide.
  • 1:48pm May 23, 2013
    National National

    The President's Remarks On The Future Of National Security

    In a speech at the National Defense University, President Barack Obama addresses the use of U.S. drones to target terrorists — including U.S. citizens — and his renewed efforts to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.