If you think unemployment is bad where you live, take a look at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Tribal officials there say more than 70 percent of the working-age population is without a job. And within one of the nation's toughest local economies, a reservation-based business is struggling to grow.
A trader studies his computer screen in the VIX pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange on April 27.
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If being invested in a wildly unpredictable stock market freaks you out right now, you're definitely not alone.
In fact, there's an index to measure that nervousness, and even trade on it. It's called the Volatility Index, or VIX, but it also goes by another name: the fear gauge. And during times like these, the VIX draws lots of attention.
Green Bay Packers Quarterback Matt Flynn goes down hard during a preseason game vs. the Cleveland Browns on August 13. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The NFL got back to the playing field this past week for its first preseason games since the players and owners agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement. But the scene at NFL training camps is a bit different this year.
New rules now limit the amount of full-contact practice that players can participate in. Gone are the grueling summer two-a-days.
<em>Action Comics #1</em>, published on April 18, 1938, featured the first appearance of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Superman.
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For comic book fans, writer Grant Morrison is something like a god. He's worked for both DC and Marvel comics, writing stories for Superman, Batman and other heroes. In his new book, Supergods, he discusses what comic books can tell us about being human.
Growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, Morrison says his love of American comic books was regarded as slightly suspect.
Tim Pawlenty's out, Rick Perry's in, and Ron Paul's up, but not as high as Iowa straw poll winner Michele Bachman. And where the heck is Mitt Romney? NPR political editor Ron Elving reveals all to guest host David Greene.
Only the U.S. and Britain had fully mechanized militaries, historian Tim Francis says. Most other European allies used horses or donkeys to help move supplies. Or, as in the North, reindeer.
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Of World War II's many fronts, the one you've probably never heard about was the theater of war in the Arctic. Combat there centered around a crucial supply route that stretched from North America to the tiny Russian city of Murmansk, across the border from the northern tip of Norway.
"It was not the easiest route," U.S. Naval historian Tim Francis tells NPR's David Greene. And it might have been impossible if it weren't for help from some of Santa's friends.
On Wednesday, the Library of Congress announced that Philip Levine would be the next poet laureate of the United States.
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"The truth of poetry is not the truth of history," says Philip Levine, the newly-named poet laureate of the United States.
Levine is 83 years old. He grew up in Detroit, working at automobile factories in his youth, and published his first book of poetry in 1963, at the age of 38.
He went on to win the 1991 National Book Award for his collection What Work Is, and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for The Simple Truth. His appointment was announced by the Library of Congress on Wednesday.
Responding to an attack ad released by the Republican Party of Kentucky on Friday, the campaign to re-elect Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway is scolding Republican challenger Todd P’Pool for taking money from universities that are under investigation. The GOP released the YouTube video to mark 100 days of criticizing Conway for helping his brother, Matt, obtain legal counsel while he was the focus of a narcotics investigation.
Maj. Gen. James C. McConville officially assumed command of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in a formal ceremony Friday. McConville relieves Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who served as commander for two years. Campbell will take a position in the Pentagon, where he will be the deputy chief of staff of operations. He will also head the transition team for Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff.
If voters say yes Oct. 4 to expanded alcohol sales in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove, alcohol provisions for the three cities will differ based on each city’s classification. A yes vote in Radcliff, Hardin County’s only second-class city, would give the city all of the privileges of wet status, including bars, but fourth-class cities Elizabethtown and Vine Grove still would be limited in alcohol sales, said Steve Humphress, general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.