The man blamed for attacks on Norway's government headquarters and a youth retreat that left at least 93 dead said he was motivated by a desire to bring about a revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday.
In a manifesto he published online, the suspect says his life began to change during the first Gulf War, when a Muslim friend cheered at reports of missile attacks against U.S. forces.
Nearly 12 percent of Americans claim some Irish ancestry. Even President Obama has a little Irish in him. But we've got nothing on polar bears.
According to a study in the journal Current Biology, every polar bear alive today can trace its ancestry to one mama bear that lived in Ireland during the last Ice Age. And what's more, she wasn't even a polar bear: She was a brown bear.
In the 1930s, L. Ron Hubbard was a pulp fiction writer, best known for his fantasy and science fiction stories. But after an attempt at Hollywood screenwriting, Hubbard decided to go a different route.
In 1950, he published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, a self-help book that became a bestseller and launched a new religion.
That religion was Scientology, and six decades since it began, much is still unclear about the church, its history and its current leader, David Miscavige, who took over shortly after Hubbard's death.
The news may bring us stories of bankrupt symphony orchestras, floundering opera companies and shuttered record stores, but musicians keep making excellent recordings, often releasing them on small labels. That's the thread running through the broad range of classical albums that NPR Music's Tom Huizenga spins for Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. The independent, Paris-based Zig Zag Territories label has released a sparkling new recording of Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos with the innovative original instruments band Anima Eterna.
As the world reacts to the horrifying news from Norway, host Guy Raz checks in with James Fallows of The Atlantic about this and the week's other big stories, including President Obama's challenge to House Republican leaders on the nation's debt ceiling.
Although House Speaker John Boehner walked away from debt ceiling negotiations with President Obama Friday night, the two sat down with other congressional leaders again Saturday in another attempt to work out a plan to raise the debt limit. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with host Guy Raz from the White House about how much progress they did, or didn't, make.
President Obama and Speaker Boehner may be the center of attention in Washington right now, but just behind the scenes — and controlling a significant part of the discussion — is anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.
In 1986, Norquist's group Americans for Tax Reform came up with a simple document with two simple messages:
Singer Amy Winehouse, who mixed pieces of soul, jazz, and gospel into pop ballads, was found dead in her apartment Saturday. Police are so far listing the cause of death as "unexplained." Her career as a musician was often overshadowed by her life off-stage, Winehouse struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout her life.
Winehouse wasn't one to apologize for her substance abuse. In fact, it's a big part of what made the singer so famous, or infamous. Winehouse released her first album, Frank, in 2003, but three years later she shot to super stardom, with her song, "Rehab."
The No. 1 song in America right now is "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. It's also hit No. 1 in Denmark, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Brazil, the UK ... you get the idea. The duo behind LMFAO — the aformentioned party rockers — are Stefan and Skyler Gordy. Respectively, they are the son and grandson of the legendary Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. (For the record: The two are uncle and nephew, not father and son.)