It's generally said that Eric Garner died as a result of a chokehold. But police trainers say there are two different maneuvers that can look like the same thing.
A Staten Island grand jury didn't charge a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. The unarmed black man died after police pulled him aside for selling loose cigarettes and put him in a chokehold.
Consumer electronics get cheaper year after year. Our Planet Money team visited a company called Monoprice, where employees spend their days trying to figure out how to make stuff get cheaper.
The Senate still prefers paper instead of electronic filings for disclosures of donors and spending. The massive amounts of paper create all sorts of disclosure headaches.
Hong Kong's protests have gone on for more than two months, but the movement has splintered. Several older activists tried to surrender to police on Wednesday, and urged students to leave the streets.
Steve Inskeep examines the grand jury process that led to no charges against an NYPD officer with Roger Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor and now a law professor with George Washington University.
Demonstrations were mostly peaceful in New York Wednesday. Eric Garner died after he was held in a chokehold by Daniel Pantaleo, who was trying to arrest him for apparent illegal cigarette sales.
In Nashville, several public schools are struggling to compete with nearby charters. To recruit more students, teachers are tearing a page from the charter playbook: going door to door.
Souq.com, created by U.S.-educated Ronaldo Mouchawar, has a strong presence in the Middle East. Since the boom in cell phones in the region, "you can feel the crescendo" in its tech sector, he says.
About 10 million more people in the U.S. now have health insurance than did this time last year. But some immigrants, low-income adults and others are still falling through the gaps.
The Japanese government has set up a female lumberjacks program to employ women and harvest trees. "Womenomics" in has suffered setbacks, with two female cabinet ministers resigning after scandals.
Sanctions, in response to Russia's role in eastern Ukraine, and falling oil prices are biting. Russia's reliance on tax revenues from the oil industry makes it sensitive to price movements.
The lower house of Parliament on Tuesday voted to urge the French government to recognize a Palestinian state. The 339-151 vote is non-binding, but it's a symbolic boost for the Palestinians.
Litton devoted his life to preserving wilderness. Whether it was keeping dams from the Colorado River or a ski resort in the southern Sierra or preserving the redwoods, he refused to compromise.
On Wednesday, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for killing his in-laws. Panetti is mentally ill, and there are last-minute efforts underway to halt his execution.
London hosts a conference this week that could set the course for the next decade in Afghanistan. The new Afghan President will meet Western government leaders, some of them for the first time.
A couple of big Obama campaign donors were confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. But this year, there have been some bad performances in confirmation hearings that raise questions about the practice.
A grand jury in New York could reach a decision as soon as Wednesday in the case of Eric Garner. His death caused an uproar after a video showed him being placed in a choke-hold by a NYPD officer.
With domestic violence by sports figures in the news, members of the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the issue. But not one commissioner — from the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL — showed up.
NPR's Lynn Neary and Petra Mayer introduce an interactive guide to the books NPR staff and critics loved this year.