A player from Northern Ireland charged up the leaderboard at the British Open. But it's not the one you might expect.
Darren Clarke shot his second straight 2-under 68 Friday, good enough for a share of the lead heading into the weekend. Along the way, he showed his younger countrymen a thing or two at Royal St. George's.
Once the face of Northern Ireland golf, the 42-year-old Clarke became an afterthought when first Graeme McDowell, then Rory McIlroy claimed major championships. Now, maybe it's time for the old guy to get his title, too.
For her solo debut, Pennies in a Jar, Nikki Jean reached out to the songwriters who have inspired her most.
Nikki Jean got her first big break as a featured guest on Lupe Fiasco's 2007 album The Cool, but now she has stepped out on her own for her solo debut, Pennies in a Jar. On it, she collaborates with the likes of Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon and Carole King, among others.
In the 1990s, megahits like "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" made Oasis the most popular band of the Britpop era. Meanwhile, the group was plagued by disputes between its famously contentious leaders, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher. When Noel permanently split from the band in 2009, the remaining members reformed as Beady Eye, releasing their '60s-inspired debut Different Gear, Still Speeding in February.
Nico Alm never actually thought he'd get the license in the mail. Three years earlier, amid a flurry of new European Union regulations, Alm decided he would take his driver's license picture with a pasta strainer on his head.
As we reported Wednesday, Alm was testing a caveat in those new regulations that said headgear could only be worn for religious reasons.
Ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's both have warned that they might downgrade the United States' AAA bond rating if a deal between the White House and Congress on raising the debt ceiling isn't reached before an Aug. 2 deadline. NPR asked a trio of economists what it would mean if the bonds were downgraded. The economists are Edwin Truman, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington; Gregory Dago, principal U.S.