Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up in a white Jewish family in Woodstock, New York, believing she was white. Schwartz learns she's bi-racial as she prepares to attend college.
Some teenage girls are headed to the White House Monday to be recognized for an app they created. Their "Safe & Sound" smartphone app is meant to help teens struggling with depression and anxiety.
Texas issues specialty license plates at the behest of private groups or individuals. At issue before the Supreme Court Monday is whether the state can reject messages that are offensive to some.
The former secretary of state is expected to announce her presidential candidacy soon. In recent weeks, she's given speeches to women's groups, pointing to a likely shift in tone from 2008 to 2016.
The year 2020 will be the first time the census will be available online. But the Census Bureau must persuade hard-to-reach groups to take the survey. So they're doing a practice run in Savannah, Ga.
After a year of Ebola, the virus is largely contained in Liberia. But an already-fragile health care system has been devastated, and crucially important health care workers have died.
The limit for healthy drinking may be less than you think — one drink a day for women and two for men, according to the CDC. New strategies are aimed at helping heavy drinkers reduce their intake.
In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, the Afghan president says most of his country wants U.S. troops to remain. He also says he's determined to make sure ISIS doesn't gain a foothold.
During more than a half-century as the city-state's leader, Lee helped turn the sleepy British colony into an affluent trading enclave. But he ruled with an iron fist and muzzled critics and rivals.
Seattle area resident Joey DiJulio somehow got on an email chain for a bachelor party. But he didn't know the groom, who lives in Philadelphia. The groom decided to invite him anyway and he accepted.
The Smithsonian has banned selfie sticks in its museums, but there's a new pro-selfie museum in Manila. It encourages visitors to "be part of art" by posing with 3-D versions of famous artworks.
March Madness began in earnest Thursday with 16 games, and there were buzzer-beaters and big upsets — two No. 3 seeds went down. But overall No. 1 seed Kentucky won easily as did another top seed, Villanova.
NPR's Deb Amos and Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni have both covered the Middle East for decades, and Syria since the beginning of the war. As the war enters its fifth year this week, Amos and Di Giovanni look back to how it started, with a quick shift from protests to brutality.
How much does a bee sting hurt, exactly? How about a bullet ant bite? To help find an answer, an entomologist has built an index ranking insect stings — after getting stung over a thousand times.
It may still feel like winter for many of us on the East Coast, but today spring is officially here. That means flowers, gardens and bugs. One man couldn't be happier about the return of the insects — especially the ones poised to sting.
Nigeria's military says that, with the help of regional troops, its forces have retaken key towns captured by Boko Haram. The successes against the ISIS-linked extremist network come little more than a week before a key vote in which President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking re-election. The vote was delayed by six weeks, in part due to insecurity. Many are asking how the army was able to do in six weeks what it has failed to do these past six years.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, are wrapping up a four-day U.S. visit with a stop in Louisville, Ky. Louisville has been bustling with preparations, but the city is accustomed to royal visits.
Steve Inskeep talks to Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, about the prospects for peace in light of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's election victory.
Critics say the benefit program discourages people from seeking jobs. The Obama administration is announcing grants to 10 states to find a better way to get recipients back to work.
A Los Angeles criminal court judge has organized a running club made up of residents from Skid Row's Midnight Mission. This weekend, the club is running far away from home.