Now that the Education Department has released "Gainful Employment" rules for for-profit schools, some would like to see similar standards for non-profit colleges and universities. With student debt increasing, they say it would be useful for students to know what their job chances are. But the industry has resisted such labels, saying they do not fit liberal arts education. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.
The last day the U.S. Treasury says it can fully pay its obligations is exactly two weeks away. That is unless Congress avoids default by raising the nation's legal borrowing limit.
Lawmakers in the House may help budge the debt ceiling impasse with a vote Tuesday on legislation dubbed "Cut, Cap and Balance." It bars any increase in the debt ceiling unless Congress first passes a balanced budget amendment. The bill has little chance in the Senate, but it could clear the way for a bipartisan fallback plan to avoid default.
Land mines are being increasingly used in Libya by Moammar Gadhafi's forces in battlegrounds across the country. Rebels fighting for the eastern town of Brega are being stymied by minefields around the area.
In Libya's western mountains, anti-tank and anti-personnel mines are causing many casualties, but there are few mine experts to help.
On the barren front line in the village of Gualish, rebels take cover from Gadhafi forces (and the relentless sun) behind a sand berm.
In the second part of a series on counterterrorism training, NPR looks at a test case in Miami.
To understand the events that unfolded two months ago in Miami, you need to know that one of the most volatile things that can happen in a Muslim-American community is the arrest of a religious leader, the imam. Back in May, the FBI's Miami field office ended up arresting two of them: Imam Hafiz Khan and his son, Izhar Khan. They were charged along with several other members of the Khan family with financing terrorism in Pakistan.
Researchers in Texas have released the most comprehensive analysis of school suspension and expulsion policies ever conducted. It's considered groundbreaking because of its scope and detailed examination of disciplinary policies that when misused often put students at greater risk of dropping out or being incarcerated.
More than 30 years after her last big swim, Diana Nyad is back in the water. Nyad, a former commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, became well-known in the 1970s for her swim around Manhattan Island and, a few years later, for swimming from the Bahamas to Florida.
Now, at age 61, she'll soon be attempting a 103-mile swim from Cuba to Key West. She's been training relentlessly — with 9-hour, 15-hour, even a 24-hour swim.
The second-largest U.S. bookstore chain called it quits, today: Borders Group Inc. cancelled a bankruptcy auction set for tomorrow and announced it will liquidate its assets and close its 400 remaining stores.