Judge considers challenge to day care union law Warning that their freedom is at stake, Minnesota child care providers on Thursday asked a judge to stop efforts to unionize child care workers until two federal lawsuits against the state are decided.4:54 p.m.
Wildfires Will Worsen, And Further Strain The Forest Service
Over the past decade, fires in the American West have grown in intensity and size. "We're on a growth trajectory that is very scary," says one fire tracker. "And if we think it's expensive and dangerous now, we're just now seeing the very beginnings of how big this problem is going to be very soon."
Obama Pushes Back Against Efforts To Undermine Health Law
President Obama gave a White House address Thursday, flanked by Americans now paying less for health insurance or receiving reimbursements from health insurers under Obamacare. It was a response to recent efforts by House Republicans to repeal or undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
State By State: How Health Law Will Affect Premiums
New York is one of several states where a change in the basic structure of the health insurance system will result in lower premiums. Audie Cornish speaks with NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner about what people can expect in other states.
Russians Protest Sentencing For Anti-Corruption Activist
A Russian judge delivered an unexpectedly harsh sentence on an anti-corruption campaigner who led the biggest protests against President Vladimir Putin since he took power in 2000. Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail for theft. Protesters chanted "Shame! Disgrace!" outside the court in Kirov.
South Africa Honors Still-Ailing Mandela On His Birthday
July 18, South Africans mark Mandela Day, when ordinary people honor the anti-apartheid hero's legacy by volunteering 67 minutes of their time to charity or service projects. Sixty-seven is the number of years Mandela served his country through public service, politics and prison. Thursday also marks Mandela's 95th birthday, and he remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Man Who Hoped To Testify Against Whitey Bulger Is Found Dead
Stephen Rakes said the gangster forced him — at gunpoint — to sell a liquor store. The cause of Rakes' death isn't yet known. Authorities say there were "no obvious signs of trauma." Rakes, who said he could speak for those who fear Bulger, was told this week he would not be called to the stand.
How The Justice Department Picks Its Civil Rights Cases
The NAACP is leading a campaign to persuade Attorney General Eric Holder to pursue federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the February fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Melissa Block speaks with William Yeomans, a former attorney with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, about what is involved in bringing these kinds of cases.
World's Biggest Virus May Have Ancient Roots
The Pandoravirus is so big you can see it in an ordinary microscope. Scientists say its size may have helped fool amoebas and other potential hosts into eating it. But this virus doesn't pose a threat to humans. It's more of a Trojan virus than a surprise from Pandora's Box.