The signature. We put it on checks, contracts, credit cards. It's supposed to say, "This is me." But where did the idea come from? And why are we still using it?
The cargo ship sank last week in Hurricane Joaquin, in which 33 people were on board. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what happened to the ship.
Two decades after his death, Harry Nilsson has become a common cause for a group of artists hellbent on getting him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (They even wrote a song about it.)
Communication was lost with the ship Thursday and the U.S. Coast Guard concluded that it had sunk. Wednesday evening, the Coast Guard will end the search for survivors.
"What I know of it, as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it," the Democrat said, breaking with President Obama on his signature trade deal he hopes to push through Congress.
Many of McCarthy's Bakersfield, Calif., constituents like him, but he's riled some Latinos over immigration and been criticized by conservatives for compromising.
Since FDR was running for president, Gallup has been closely following where the presidential candidates stand compared to each other. Now, it won't be.
The Native American Program at Dartmouth College is without a leader. College officials removed Susan Taffe Reed as director of the student support program after Native American groups questioned her connection to the community. The controversy reveals the complications of figuring out who can best support Native American students on campus.
Israel is gauging the Russian airstrikes in Syria by staying in touch with Russian officials and seeking a manageable war next door.
The World Health Organization has revised its guidelines to say that every person infected with HIV should now be given powerful anti-AIDS drugs. But many countries in Africa have struggled to meet previous less-ambitious WHO treatment targets.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Julien Schopp, director of humanitarian practice at InterAction, about how the White House called on members of the private sector to aid UN refugee agency efforts.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be shared by three scientists for their work on how cells repair damage to DNA. They have discovered DNA damage can lead to mutations, which in turn can lead to cancer.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum about her essay on the new model of advertising in the so-called "golden age of television."
Jeb Bush entered the 2016 presidential race as the presumed frontrunner for the GOP nomination. But it's been a long time since that description has fit his campaign. In the first states to vote — less than four months from now — he's fallen to the middle of the pack and political outsiders Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina have risen.
It's not just shady smugglers profiting off the misery of refugees pouring into Europe. A Pakistani entrepreneur is tracking the flow of the human river, looking for spots to set up all-service cafes.
Doctors Without Borders calls on President Obama and 75 other Geneva signatories to investigate the Kunduz, Afghanistan, bombing by activating the never before used fact-finding commission of the Geneva Conventions.
The Russian leader scored seven goals in his birthday game with NHL players — and in a Moscow exhibition, works of fan art depicted him in guises including Batman, Thor, Jupiter and the Buddha.
Most Republicans are calling for a renewed focus on mental health services, but some of the presidential candidates have been criticized for their word choice in responding.
Also on Wednesday, FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon, who is facing his own charges of wrongdoing, said he is planning to sue Blatter for at least $100 million for damages to FIFA.
The Immigration Act of 1965 opened the doors to nationalities that were largely shut out before. Since then, 90 percent of U.S. immigrants hail from outside Europe. Three families share their stories.