The FAA announced Monday which states will become test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. Congress has asked the agency to come up with a plan to integrate UAVs into the nation's airspace. State leaders hope the test sites will lead to jobs and industry investment.
The year 2013 offered a wealth of quality television programming — which can't be said of every year. Looking back at the year in television, a few trends stand out: more diversity in prime time offerings, critics and audiences found a lot to love in foreign offerings, and streaming services continued to encroach on cable.
The world's most successful Formula One driver, Michael Schumacher, remains in a medically-induced coma. The seven-time world champion was injured in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, and underwent emergency brain surgery overnight. The German driver, now retired from racing, was skiing with his son when he fell and hit his head on a rock. He sustained severe head injuries on a rock, even though he was wearing a helmet at the time.
Investigators in southern Russia say two deadly bombings in the city of Volgograd appear to follow the pattern of attacks by Islamist separatists from the nearby North Caucasus region. It's a dire concern for the Russian authorities, who worry that this could be the lead-up to attacks during the Olympic Games in Sochi in February. Security analysts say the bombings could even be a diversionary tactic to distract the security forces before an even bigger attack. It also raises concerns about security for New Year's crowds in major Russian cities.
This year was lauded by many news outlets as an incredible year for black films. CNN heralded "Hollywood's African-American Renaissance;" The New York Times called 2013 a "a breakout year for black films." Shani Hilton, deputy editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about why she think those assertions are overstated.
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.
Heavy fighting in recent days between rebels and government-backed forces has created a wasteland in the South Sudan city of Malakal. Dead bodies line the streets and thousands of refugees are without food as U.N. peacekeepers struggle to assess the needs here. Host Arun Rath talks to NPR's Gregory Warner, who is traveling with U.N. officials in Malakal.