Hollywood composer James Horner is presumed dead, after a plane crash Monday involved a plane that was registered to him. Horner scored notable films, including Titanic and Avatar. NPR remembers an extraordinary composer who defined the sound of contemporary film.
The Senate cleared a big hurdle Tuesday in an elaborate plan crafted by Republican leaders to get President Obama what he wants on trade, despite significant opposition from Democrats. The plan is based on promises and hinges on trust, so it could still fall apart.
The South Carolina House has approved a measure that allows them to consider removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. Legislators convened a session Tuesday to pass a state budget.
As part of its anti-corruption blitz, China is working to repatriate corrupt officials who have gone overseas with billions of dollars in state funds. These officials live in affluent U.S. neighborhoods, unbeknownst to their neighbors. Chinese state media say several corrupt officials have been repatriated. The U.S. is willing to help, but the two countries have no extradition treaty. The two sides appear to be cooperating by repatriating fugitives who have violated U.S. immigration laws.
Donald Featherstone, creator of the pink flamingo lawn ornament, has died. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Tom Herzing, co-author of The Original Pink Flamingos: Splendor on the Grass.
The debate over Confederate flags is moving quickly Tuesday. Hundreds rallied in South Carolina calling to take down the Confederate flag that flies in front of the State House. Virginia's governor announced Tuesday he's begun the process to remove the flag from Virginia license plates. In Mississippi, where the old Confederate battle flag is part of the state flag, there was debate Tuesday about its future.
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mark Katz, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University, about U.S.-Russia relations on issues such as the Iran nuclear agreement and Syria.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads to Europe to unveil plans to deploy tanks and other heavy armor in the Baltic states and Eastern Europe. Russia says the move is provocative and may send more armor to its Western borders.
Several dozen rec centers offer aftercare and summer camp for children in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods. But they also give the kids the family stability and structure that so many of them lack.
The fees will be used for park enhancements to make up for Federal budget cuts.
A soldier blames poor leadership for the recent loss of Ramadi. A pair of generals blame everything from corruption to a lack of training and weapons. Will this ever be an effective fighting force?
From South Carolina to Mississippi, there have been calls to remove the flag that many people call divisive. Businesses, too, are getting in on the act.