Update 3:58 p.m.:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director for the division of foodborne, bacterial and mycotic diseases, tells NPR's Richard Harris the bacterium seen in the European outbreak isn't brand new. Tauze identified it as E. coli O104:H4. "This organism that's been isolated from the sick people in Germany has been seen before," he says.
Joseph A. Bosco served in the office of the secretary of defense as China country desk officer from 2005 to 2006 and previously taught graduate seminars on China-U.S. relations at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is now a national security consultant.
21st century contemporary Celtic music may take in Balkan tunes, African percussion, Latin rhythms, and have a gritty urban edge. Are the musicians who draw upon such diverse influences simply creating World Music soup with a dash of Celtic spice? Or are they the innovators of a cutting edge Celtic sound that enhances the global music vibe? See what you think.
Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Like many other people umbilically linked to my mobile e-mailing, tweets, calls and texts, I'm concerned by the World Health Organization's recent findings regarding mobile phone use and brain tumors. This latest pronouncement prods me to make some lifestyle changes — my favorite one being to waste less time being a slave to my damn cell phone.
John McWhorter is a regular contributor to The Root.
It's all about this business of "contesting." And it's about all of us.
One thing we all know is that if Cornel West actually met Barack Obama alone in a room — and we can be sure this will happen one day, and likely more than once — he would embrace him and call him brother.
There's a new study, as we just reported, that concludes the "global war on drugs has failed." It comes from the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission's members include former Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and others who have held top policy posts around the world.
"The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," a high-powered commission whose members include former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan warns today.
A new report from the United Nations reveals some unexpected items seized as they were headed to North Korea — like dozens of tap-dancing shoes. The U.N. has banned North Korea from importing luxury goods, and apparently that includes tap shoes.
The Obama administration says it will support leniency for people already behind bars for crack cocaine offenses. The proposal could send thousands of federal inmates home early. This is a major civil rights issue since law disproportionately affects minorities.
A controversial dam in the heart of Brazil's Amazon has moved one step closer to construction. Environmentalists say it will devastate the ecosystem and force tens of thousands of people to relocate. Brazilian authorities say they need the energy for the growing nation.
Mary Louise Kelly and Renee Montagne report on the findings of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a group of politicians and former world leaders, who concluded that the global war on drugs has failed.
Shareholders of Massey Energy and Alpha Natural Resources have approved a merger that creates the world's third largest producer of high-priced and high-demand metallurgical coal. Massey became a takeover target after last year's deadly explosion at the company's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney today formally gets into the GOP race for the White House. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who brings us up to date on the field of candidates so far.
South African regulators have given Wal-Mart approval to buy a controlling stake in retailer Massmart. Liabo Setho, a business reporter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tells Renee Montagne there had been huge opposition to the deal from trade unions, suppliers and industry groups.
Mary Louise Kelly talks to Jon Wertheim of "Sports Illustrated" about the incredible year Novak Djokovic is having in tennis. With a victory over Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals, Djokovic can equal John McEnroe's record of 42 straight wins to start a season.
An article in the latest issue of The New Yorker focuses on the mistreatment of foreign workers on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Reporter Sarah Stillman tells Mary Louise Kelly that workers are enticed overseas by shady contractors, and when the U.S. draws down operations, they're laid off but given no return ticket home.
After months of delay, the Department of Education on Thursday issued new rules that could shut down some for-profit colleges and universities.
The department says the regulations are meant to cut off federal aid to schools whose students cannot earn enough to repay their loans. The administration softened the rules in response to industry pressure.
Before he announced the rules, Education Secretary Arne Duncan paid tribute to the important role played by for-profit schools, such as the University of Phoenix.
The sound of running water — clean running water — is not one you have always been able to hear in the ramshackle lean-tos that pass for homes on the edge of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
Providing clean water is one of the biggest challenges for governments in the developing world. Clean water charities say that thousands of people die every day of preventable diseases as a result of not having clean drinking water, and 90 percent of those who die are under the age of 5.
Like many U.S. veterans, commentator Benjamin Tupper has read Tim O'Brien's famous book about the Vietnam War,The Things They Carried. Tupper's war was in Afghanistan, but he says O'Brien's observations hold true, decades later.
Most of the physical items we soldiers carry are owned by the government, like body armor and weapons and helmets. These are unceremoniously returned to Uncle Sam as we out-process from military service.
The Cleveland Indians are Major League Baseball's biggest surprise so far this season. They have the best record in the American League, despite having one of the lowest payrolls. And they currently lead their division by a healthy margin.
The team's success is surprising nearly everyone. But where have we heard this story before ... a bunch of no-name baseball players, obliterating the competition? Oddly enough, the answer involves Charlie Sheen.