The panel has approved 18 recommendations it hopes will make things safer at the state's prisons. The proposals by a legislative task force come on the heels of recent indictments of corrections officers and inmates at the Baltimore City jail that involved drug smuggling and sexual impropriety.
Dolphins are getting very sick from exposure to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A government study confirms a host of problems in dolphins who live in one of the heaviest-oiled bays in Louisiana. Scientists say the dolphins are gravely ill with injuries consistent with the toxic effects of exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons.
A review group appointed by President Obama has recommended major changes to government surveillance programs. The group effectively called for the end of one of the most controversial programs run by the National Security Agency: the collection and storage of phone records of millions of Americans.
As 2013 comes to an end, NPR is looking at numbers that sum up the year's news. When it comes to the civil war in Syria, more than 11,000 children are thought to have died in the conflict. Most of them in the last two years, according to the Oxford Research Group in London.
The Senate is expected to meet Thursday to resume consideration on a defense bill that includes provisions aiming to more aggressively prosecute sexual assault in the military. Many praise the changes as the most significant to the military justice system in decades. Others say they don't go far enough.
Members of the punk band Pussy Riot and a crew of Greenpeace environmentalists could walk free soonl. The amnesty is being granted to mark the 20th anniversary of Russia's constitution, but it also seems to be an effort to buff up the country's human-rights image before the Winter Olympics in February.
President Obama's intelligence review panel has produced a report hundreds of pages long. It endorses a series of checks on the National Security Agency. The advisers have a list of recommendations for how to protect privacy while still trying to prevent terrorist attacks.
After a decade of kicking the ball down the road, Congress appears ready to repeal its payment formula for Medicare and replace it with a whole new system. This time, doctors would be paid according to the quality of results they produce, rather than the number of services they provide.