U.S. officials accuse the Syrian government of orchestrating Monday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Damascus. Supporters of President Bashar Assad scaled the embassy fence, smashed bullet-proof glass and security cameras, and climbed onto the roof. The French Embassy was also targeted.
The assault came three days after a surprise visit by the American and French ambassadors to the city of Hama to show support for peaceful protests there.
A scene from the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of As You Like It in their specially constructed theater at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
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Inside the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, a construction crew assembles a replica — moved to New York in 46 shipping containers — of the Royal Shakespeare Company's main theater in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
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Sam Troughton (left) and Mariah Gale as the title characters in a scene from the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
Right now, in New York City, one of the world's finest theater ensembles is putting on a repertory season of five Shakespeare plays. England's Royal Shakespeare Company – the RSC – has brought 41 actors, along with a replica of their main theater, and put it smack in the middle of the Park Avenue Armory.
President Obama tours the Automotive Training Program at the Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria campus, in June, Va. Slower economic growth means fewer opportunities for U.S. companies, which in turn leads to less hiring.
In the United States the recession officially ended two years ago, but in much of the country housing prices are still falling, jobs are hard to come by and growth remains weak.
A low growth rate is much more than just a number. Economists say that over time weak growth can have an insidious effect on a country's prospects and options in ways not everyone appreciates.
This was supposed to be the year the U.S. economy finally gained traction. Instead, it looks more and more like it's stuck in the mud, says former Federal Reserve member Alan Blinder.
In the future, people will be carried into space by private-sector projects like the Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise, says former astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman. Here, the Enterprise sits behind Virgin boss Richard Branson, left, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Even people who aren't following the space shuttle program's last mission — or aren't much interested in outer space — likely know what the shuttle looks like. Its familiar delta-wing shape symbolizes the last 30 years of manned space flight.
As MIT professor — and former NASA astronaut — Jeffrey Hoffman tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, the shuttle was designed to be a very versatile spacecraft.
Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming is one of many lawmakers who opposes the the new Independent Payment Advisory Board.
One thing both Democrats and Republicans agree on is that they can't solve the deficit problem without slowing the growth of the massive Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.
But here's an irony. Republicans and a growing number of Democrats also seem to agree that they don't like the one aspect of last year's Affordable Care Act that actually would effectively reduce Medicare spending.