Scientists have found a molecule that appears to be crucial to perceive the sensation of itching. The molecule affects how the brain responds to the chemical serotonin, and may explain why anti-depressant drugs that boost serotonin make some people itch.
"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" film critic, Kenneth Turan, talks to Ari Shapiro about the latest in the dinosaur movie franchise, "Jurassic World."
The Senate is debating a defense policy bill that would make it virtually impossible for President Obama to close the war captive lockup at Guantanamo Bay. But the bill has an escape clause: if Obama sends Congress a plan to shutter the facility, it would be put to an up or down vote. If it passes, it would trump any standing restrictions.
Dallas repealed its 5-cent fee on plastic bags five months after it went into effect. Plastic bag manufactures had sued the city.. A dozen other towns in Texas still restrict plastic bags.
The U.S. Women's Soccer team plays Sweden Friday night in the World Cup. There's no love loss here. Sweden's Pia Sundhage was critical of some of the U.S. players she used to coach. The U.S. team is looking for its second consecutive win.
As the nation waits for the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, we look back on this day in 1967. The court struck down state bans against interracial marriage in the case of Loving v. Virginia.
On Saturday, Hillary Clinton holds her first big campaign rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City with a unusually personal speech about how her upbringing forged her commitment to helping others.
President Obama's trade agenda is expected to face a tense final vote in the House on Friday — one day after surviving a near-death experience in a procedural vote.
A judge ruled there's enough evidence to charge 2 officers in Tamir Rice's death. He was killed in November while carrying a replica gun. The judge can't compel prosecutors to charge the officers.
Netflix debuts 14 new episodes of prison dramedy Orange is the New Black. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show remains compelling, despite the loss of a powerful character from last season.
Some organic farmers are protesting a new system Whole Foods is using to rate its suppliers. They say the system devalues the organic label because non-organic producers can earn the highest grades.
Saturday marks the 150th birthday of William Butler Yeats, one of the 20th century's greatest poets. In far western Ireland's County Galway, Yeats found inspiration in the people and landscape.
Susanna Clarke's bestselling fantasy debut, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, envisioned a mismatched pair of wizards caught up in the Napoleonic Wars It's now been made into a seven-part TV series.
Says one public defender: "The frightening thing about solitary is that when it erodes your ability to interact with other human beings, in turn that trauma is inflicted on your family members."
Taco Bell has a younger demographic than other fast food franchises. Every week, younger workers provide older ones with a new millennial term — though some are lost in translation.
Think of it as a dance party deep inside one of the largest glaciers in Europe. But you can't dance until sunrise because in Iceland this time of year, the sun never goes away.
Monday is the 800th birthday for the Magna Carta. At the British Library in London, an exhibition displays the Magna Carta alongside original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Bill of Rights — both of which were inspired by the Magna Carta. Ari Shapiro recently talked to curator Julian Harrison about the exhibition.
Aftab Bahadur had been in jail for more than 2 decades. Pakistani authorities have accelerated the number of executions recently amid ongoing insurgencies and ethnic attacks across the country.
Saudi Arabia's new king has been on the throne for just a few months. He launched an air campaign in Yemen against Shiite rebels, and he also increased support for anti-government rebels in Syria.
Aftab Bahadur had been jailed for more than two decades before he was put to death. Pakistan has executed more than 150 people since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty last December.