It was a deadly week across the South as some 300 people were killed in a rash of tornadoes that ripped through the region. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Debbie Elliott about the damage sustained in parts of Alabama.
Saturday is the first full day of marriage for Prince William and his new bride, Kate Middleton. The royal couple was wed Friday at Westminster Abbey, capturing attention around the planet. Much of the build-up focused on how foreigners, especially Americans, seemed more obsessed about the event than people in Britain. Still, thousands of Britons flocked to the wedding. NPR's David Greene went to find out what they were looking for.
In Zanesville is the new book by Jo Ann Beard. It is about being in the 9th grade in Zanesville, Illinois — about a girl whose dad drinks, whose mother is hanging by a thread; about the lives of two best friends in this middle-sized mid-American place. A place where crazy neighbors are treasured, because they are not like everybody else.
The White House is a home, not a museum, so when presidents move in, they do what any new homeowner would do: they redecorate. Just like the rest of us, they paint, paper, change the furniture and carpets.
The Obama administration is slowly ratcheting up pressure on Syria, slapping more targeted sanctions on some top officials — including the brother of President Bashar al-Assad.
The U.S. and its partners failed to get the UN Security Council to even agree to a press statement on the Syrian government crackdown on protesters, but it fared better in the UN Human Rights Council, which voted Friday to launch an investigation.
No state may be more politically polarized right now than Wisconsin. That follows the effort by Republican Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of most public workers there. The divide is most apparent between Wisconsin's biggest cities and its smallest towns.
So is Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels going to run for president or not?
That lingering question which has occupied the minds of political observers for weeks now will only be asked with more intensity now that he's let it be known that he intends to sign a bill banning Planned Parenthood from receiving state taxpayer funds.
Daniels' decision would make Indiana the first state to enact such a ban. Planned Parenthood's receipt of taxpayer funds has angered conservatives because, along with the preventive health-care services it provides to women, it also provides abortions.
Last week, Mark wrote about a kindergartner who brought a gun to school in Houston. Today, the New York City Police Department says an 8-year-old brought a loaded 9mm pistol to his third-grade class on Thursday and sold it to a classmate for $3.