Small businesses are celebrated and exalted as the hard-working, most deserving members of the political economy. They get tax breaks, and they're touted as the engines of job creation. But it turns out that when trying to figure out what a small business is, there is no one definition.
The White House has been "very coy" about whether President Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will greet each other, NPR's Ari Shapiro says. If they do, it would be the first meeting of U.S. and Iranian leaders since before the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
The Kenyan government, which has been saying it has the situation under control, claimed Tuesday that it was in the "last stages of the security operation." Despite the government reports, shots were still heard outside the upscale mall in Nairobi.
Nineteen companies agreed to pay more than $350,000 in penalties to settle accusations that they wrote or bought phony online reviews of their products, services or restaurants.
Long after we die, many of the microscopic creatures living in and on us continue to thrive. In field experiments, forensic scientists are tracking changes in communities of microbes on human remains that could one day serve as clues.
Last year, two sisters took in Arefa, a badly burned Afghan girl, while she received medical treatment in the U.S. The sisters were ecstatic to host a goofier and wigglier Arefa during a return visit this summer, but they say the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan may make future reunions difficult.
Congress could be steering the country towards the first government shutdown since the Clinton administration. Host Michel Martin speaks with columnist Joe Davidson of The Washington Post and Sudeep Reddy, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, about the budget battle and what a potential shutdown could mean.
Host Michel Martin speaks to Mary Harper, author of Getting Somalia Wrong to learn more about al-Shabab, the group claiming responsibility for this weekend's mall attack in Kenya.
Al-Shabab militants claimed responsibility for a mall attack in Kenya over the weekend. More than 60 people were killed. Host Michel Martin speaks with reporter Jason Straziuso of The Associated Press, whose friends were inside the mall when the attack took place.
Kenyan government spokesman Joseph Ole Lenku said that "our forces are in control of all the floors" at the upscale Nairobi mall. He added that at least two "terrorists" are dead. An Islamist militant group from Somalia has claimed responsibility.