Our colleagues, embedded with troops in Afghanistan, witnessed a dramatic attack yesterday. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells Michele Norris on today's All Things Considered that the attack happened while they were at a Combat Outpost called Wilderness, which is a short helicopter ride from the city of Khost.
"I was actually coming back from brushing my teeth and there was this massive explosion, maybe 40 yards away," said Tom. Soldiers started screaming "mortars, mortars!" And Tom headed for cover.
The U.S. auto market is slowly rebounding. But even as sales increase, they're still not at the peaks hit 10 years ago. In 2000 and 2001, more than 17 million automobiles were sold in America. Last year, just under 12 million were sold.
But many analysts, dealers and executives believe the industry is actually healthier selling far fewer cars.
"That 16 to 17 million sales level that we experienced was not a normal situation," says Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of car site Edmunds.com.
He says a lot of the factors that kept car sales high won't be seen again.
As many Republicans continue to call for a repeal of President Obama’s health care overhaul, the administration’s top health official is paying a visit to Colorado to highlight a Denver Health program that could help contribute to billions of dollars in savings to Medicaid.
As China prepares to mark the 90th anniversary of its Communist Party on July 1, there are signs of a new ideological struggle over former leader Mao Zedong's legacy.
The conflict is being played out online amid a backdrop of heightened nostalgia for the revolutionary days, as a young leftist takes on an elderly economist who dared to publicly criticize the founder of the People's Republic of China.
Delicate Steve got a lot of attention early this year when the band's debut album, Wondervisions, was released with a prank press release written by rock critic Chuck Klosterman. The parody, which many took at face value, described Delicate Steve as "the wordless New Jersey U2" and claimed that bandleader Steve Marion played more than 40 instruments.
If you ask people why they tip, they'll say it's obvious. They tip for good service, of course. It's a reward for a job well done.
But a leading theory on tipping suggests that's not really why we do it.
Studies show that the size of the tip doesn't have much to do with the quality of service. The weather, how sunny it is, what kind of mood people are in, these factors matter just as much as how satisfied the customers are with the service they receive.
Many school districts are reluctantly cutting staff and dropping courses in a desperate effort to respond to tighter budgets. But some educators are looking at ways to save money and improve instruction at the same time.
The answer for some schools: blended learning, which is part computer lesson, part classroom instruction.