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An Air Force Cadet At 25: A Sign Of The Times In Higher Education

Many students heading to college this fall won't be the traditional 18-year-olds. At the nation's military academies, more cadets are coming from life — or military service — and not high school.

Trial Looms For Sole Defendant In 2012 Benghazi Attacks That Killed Ambassador

The case of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who is preparing for trial next month in Washington, D.C., raises questions about due process and interrogation. He has pleaded not guilty.

Los Angeles Tests Whether Lighter Color Streets Will Lower The Temperature

Los Angeles is piloting a project called "Cool Pavement." The city is putting a light grey coating on top of some neighborhood streets in an effort to lower the air temperature.

What's Behind The Navy Ship Collisions

David Greene speaks with retired Vice Adm. William Douglas Crowder, former commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, about recent ship collisions.

The Battle Over Oil And Gas Development In Colorado

A deadly home explosion in Colorado is renewing fights over how close oil and gas development should be to expanding suburbs. One town is trying to figure out for itself how close is too close.

Trump Defends Charlottesville Comments At Phoenix Rally

President Trump held a rally in Phoenix Tuesday night. Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside.

Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

After big tech companies took action to take down white supremacist content, there have been calls for the government to step in to protect free speech on the right and left.

Civil Rights Activist Argues To Keep Confederate Monuments

Ailsa Chang talks with Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and lifelong African-American civil rights activist, who says he does not support the calls to remove Confederate monuments.

News Brief: Trump In Phoenix, Haitians In Canada, Kushner In Middle East

President Trump held a rally in Phoenix and defended his comments about Charlottesville. Also, Haitians are leaving the U.S. for Canada, and Jared Kushner is traveling to the Middle East.

Oregon, Texas Lay Down Markers On Abortion Coverage

Highlighting the country's sharp divide over abortion and mixed reactions to requirements in the Affordable Care Act, Texas restricts insurance coverage while Oregon requires that it be covered.

Commander Of Navy's 7th Fleet Dismissed After Series Of Ship Mishaps

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet was relieved of command on Wednesday after four accidents involving Navy ships. Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer will assume command.

Trump Administration Unveils Sanctions To Curb North Korea's Weapons Program

Ten Chinese and Russian companies and six individuals are targeted. Many were tied to the rogue country's coal and resource trade and its efforts to send workers abroad.

Federal Judge Finds Racism Behind Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies

An Arizona law banning ethnic studies violated students' constitutional rights, a federal judge said Tuesday.

Phoenix Police Deploy Gas, Pepper Spray To Disperse Protesters

Reporters on the scene say the gas canisters apparently were fired after someone among the protesters threw water bottles at the police.

Pollution Buildup At Conowingo Dam May Harm Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

A Maryland dam has been helping to clean up the Chesapeake Bay by holding back sediment that can harm aquatic life. But now the dam's sediment pools have filled up earlier than projected.

Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Sues Greenpeace For 'Criminal Activity'

Energy Transfer Partners alleges Greenpeace and other "eco-terrorist groups" tried to block its pipeline with "campaigns of misinformation." Greenpeace says the suit is a bid to "silence free speech."

Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean

International research labs are using seaweed to make biofuel, but little progress has been made in the U.S. Now scientists in California are developing a prototype to enable vast open-ocean farming.

Heavy Police Presence, Large Crowds Expected As Trump Visits Phoenix

The president will hold a rally downtown Tuesday night after visiting a Marine Corps base in Yuma, Ariz., along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump's Visit To Arizona Is A Headache For Trump GOP Critic, Sen. Jeff Flake

A recent presidential tweet called Flake "WEAK" and "toxic." Flake says Trump and his supporters "have given in to the politics of anger."

Trump's Visit To Arizona Is A Headache For Trump GOP Critic, Sen. Jeff Flake

A recent presidential tweet called Flake "WEAK" and "toxic." Flake says Trump and his supporters "have given into the politics of anger."

In Solar Trade Dispute, Will Proposed Tariffs Cost Industry Jobs?

Testing President Trump's promise to get tough on trade, two U.S. solar panel manufacturers are seeking to impose a tariff on panels made overseas. But many in the industry warn it could cost jobs.

How To Tell If Watching The Eclipse Damaged Your Eyes

If you heeded all the warnings, you're likely fine. But spots or blurred vision that shows up 12 hours later or the next day might be a sign the sun's direct rays permanently hurt the retina.

PHOTOS: The Day The Eclipse Came To America

A total solar eclipse crossed the entire country earlier today. Many Americans were treated to a rare and stunning view.

Total Solar Eclipse Travels From Oregon To South Carolina

From coast to coast, a total solar eclipse crossed the United States on Monday. Fourteen states were in the path of total darkness, while a partial eclipse was visible in other parts of the country.

Americans View Astronomical Show As Total Solar Eclipse Sweeps Across U.S.

The total solar eclipse swept across the country on Monday from Oregon to South Carolina. A partial eclipse was also visible in other parts of the U.S. All Things Considered checked in with some listeners who witnessed the eclipse.

Darkness Falls Across The Land As Total Solar Eclipse Passes Over U.S.

It was dark during the day on Monday as the total solar eclipse traveled across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. NPR heard from some people who witnessed the astronomical show.

Despite Different Styles, Dick Gregory And Jerry Lewis Inspired Generations Of Comics

Two giants of comedy died this weekend. Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis had very different styles, but both men were hugely influential. There are many comedians who drew equal parts inspiration from both men.

Eclipse Map: Tracking Where The Astronomical Show

A total solar eclipse will begin in Oregon and make its way to South Carolina starting at 1:16 p.m. ET. Keep up with where the eclipse is as it treks across the United States.

Live Coverage: Follow The Solar Eclipse

It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Follow the phenomenon's journey along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

Search For 10 Missing Launched Off Singapore After U.S. Destroyer, Tanker Collide

The Navy says the guided missile destroyer sustained "significant damage" in the collision east of the Strait of Malacca, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash

Most American Indians are lactose intolerant, which means they need to find nutrients outside of dairy sources. It turns out that a return to traditional cooking methods can be key to good health.

PHOTOS: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Showcases Most Exotic, Rare, Expensive Cars

This year's Concours features 204 of the best cars that have ever been made. The 67th annual event caps off a week of intensive, obsessive car love in Monterey Peninsula, Calif.

In Illinois, This College Town Won't Be Eclipsed By August's Celestial Event

A town of 26,000 will more than double in size as the Great American Eclipse takes place in August. From the local state university to longtime bakery, people are getting ready for it to get dark.

Words You'll Hear: Eclipse Cheap Seats

A total eclipse sweeps the U.S. on Monday. But most will see a partial eclipse. The question is: Is an 80 or even a 90 percent eclipse worth it? Or should people make the extra effort to see totality?

Like The Flag, Confederate Monuments Have Been 'Severely Tainted'

What most don't know is the reason why some of these monuments were erected in the first place: as a scare tactic. NPR's Dwane Brown speaks with University of Georgia history professor James Cobb.

How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

One by one, Daryl Davis has befriended KKK members over the past 30 years. The more they got to know the African-American musician, the more they realized the Klan was not for them.

Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

Lewis, whose comedic duo with Dean Martin launched him to the peak of showbiz, starred and directed in dozens of films. He was perhaps just as famous for his charity work fighting muscular dystrophy.

Wreckage Of USS Indianapolis, Sunk By Japanese In WWII, Found In Pacific

The cruiser was returning from a secret mission to deliver atomic bomb components when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine. The ensuing loss of life is the large in the history of the U.S. Navy.

Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future'

President Trump hasn't mentioned it as he's defended the memorabilia over the past week, but historians say the statues were originally built to send a clear message to black Americans.

Dick Gregory, Comedian And Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 84

Civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory has died at the age of 84. He was one of first African-Americans to perform at white clubs, and became an icon.

Trump To Visit Arizona

President Trump heads to Phoenix in the week ahead, and Arizona state politics are likely to have national ramifications. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Dan Nowicki, reporter for The Arizona Republic.

What's Next For Richmond's Confederate Monuments

Richmond, Va., Mayor Levar Stoney tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro why he's changed course and is now encouraging the removal of the city's Confederate monuments.

Robert E. Lee's Descendant On Confederate Statues

The Rev. Robert Wright Lee, a nephew many generations removed of Robert E. Lee, tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro why the statue of the Confederate general in Charlottesville must come down.

Racial Issues Have Often Been A Test for U.S. Presidents With Conflicted Feelings

President Eisenhower was not a fan of the 1954 Supreme Court order against segregated schools; but he sent the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Ark., to ensure it was enforced at Central High.

Some Liberty University Grads Are Returning Their Diplomas To Protest Trump

A group of alumni from one of the nation's most influential evangelical Christian universities is condemning their school's president for his continued alignment with President Trump.

The Women Behind The 'Alt-Right'

Women in the movement have built Internet presences around boosting white nationalist ideologies. But journalist Seyward Darby says that outspokenness is at odds with male white nationalists' ideas.

Getting To The Core Of Exercises Said To Strengthen 'Mum Tum'

NPR listeners had lots of questions after our story about diastasis recti, a medical condition of abdominal muscles that's common among new moms. Many wanted to know more about how to fix the problem.

Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

Gregory was known for his sharp satire, political activism and health advocacy. He went on multiple hunger strikes to protest issues like the Vietnam War and police brutality.

Dick Gregory, Comedian And Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 84

Gregory, known for his sharp satire in the 1960s, was recently hospitalized. He was 84.

Massive Group Of Counter-Protesters Met 'Free Speech' Rally In Boston

A week after violent clashes during a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va., today's "Free Speech" rally in Boston was met with massive counter-protests.