Crime & Justice

Heavy Fighting Resumes In Eastern Ukraine As Truce Talks Collapse

Russian-backed rebels are shelling a strategic rail hub in the Donetsk region a day after cease-fire discussions fell apart.

The Success Of Fox's 'Empire' Reveals A Few Dos And Don'ts For TV

Fox's hip-hop drama is a growing hit that could rescue the network. In a fragmented marketplace, the TV industry is learning the value of creating shows for under-served audiences.

All Things Considered

To Save Two Colo. Cows, All It Took Was A Good Ice-Breaker

This week, the Fountain, Colo., Fire Department repurposed some firefighting tools for a chillier job: Rescuing cows that had fallen through a half-foot of ice into the freezing water of a local pond.

All Things Considered

Another Florida Case Puts Crosshairs On 'Stand Your Ground'

Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman behind bars for three years for firing a "warning shot" near her estranged husband, was recently released. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Larry Hannan of the Florida Times-Union.

Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Activists Stage New Protest

Organizers say 13,000 showed up for the rally, far fewer than had joined previous protests against China's insistence on hand-picking candidates for the territory's next chief executive.

Seahawks, Patriots, Face Off For Super Bowl XLIX

Seattle, the defending champs, hope to do it again in Glendale, Ariz., but the oddsmakers slightly favor New England.

Weekend Edition Sunday

The Icebergs Are Talking. We Just Have To Listen.

Glaciers moan and groan. They crackle, fizz and rumble. Researchers say the noises they make might help us understand how fast they're melting.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Egypt Frees One Al Jazeera Journalist From Prison

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste will be deported to Australia. He is one of three Al Jazeera journalists who were arrested in December 2013. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Leila Fadel in Cairo.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Ex-Agent: Secret Service Management Should Be More Proactive

Former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow spent five years on President Obama's detail. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the problems that have led to the agency's current scandals.

Weekend Edition Sunday

As In Greece, Voters In Spain Appear Ready To Oust Conservatives

Thousands of supporters of the Spanish anti-austerity party, Podemos, marched through Madrid on Saturday. Polls show they could defeat Spain's mainstream parties in elections this year.

Snowstorm Delays Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

February 1, 2015

Jury selection in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is suspended Monday because a snowstorm is expected.

Marathon Bombing Defense Likely To Focus On Dead Brother

February 1, 2015

The defense is expected to portray Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the mastermind behind the twin explosions that killed 3 people and wounded more than 260 near the finish line of the 2013 race.

Prospective Juror Has Sympathy For Tsarnaev, Cites Young Age

January 30, 2015

One prospective juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has sympathy for him, saying he’s young, and she wonders if “he just made a really big mistake.”

Judge: Jury Can Watch Super Bowl Unless Hernandez Mentioned

January 30, 2015

Aaron Hernandez caught quarterback Tom Brady’s last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the Patriots’ 2012 loss to the New York Giants. The judge overseeing the case says jurors must leave the room if his name is mentioned during this year’s Super Bowl.

Mother Of Slain Student Pushes To Expand DNA Databases

January 30, 2015
Morgan Harrington's mother, Gil, is pictured next to a self-portrait by her daughter. (The Hook/Wikimedia Commons)

Gil Harrington wants Virginia’s DNA database to include people convicted of Class 1 misdemeanors.

Week In The News: Northeast Blizzard, Greek Shakeup, GOP Preps For 2016

January 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Begins

January 30, 2015

While the New England Patriots are in Arizona preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl game against the Seahawks, the murder trial of a member of the last Pats team to make it to the big game is getting underway in Fall River.

Documentary Series Looks At Sex Trafficking In Boston

January 30, 2015
Savannah, with her mother, Sara, at their home outside of Boston. (Courtesy Audrey Hall)

Domestic sex trafficking in Boston and some other U.S. cities is the focus of the first episode of a new PBS documentary series “A Path Appears.”

Lawyers Snipe As Jury Selection Resumes In Tsarnaev Trial

January 29, 2015

A federal prosecutor has accused a lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of trying to “encourage” a hung jury.

Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Goes On Trial On Murder Charges

January 29, 2015
Aaron Hernandez listens during the first day of testimony in his murder trial Thursday. An image of Odin Lloyd, who Hernandez is charged with killing, is displayed on the monitor at right. (Steven Senne/AP)

With his old team about to play in the Super Bowl, former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors showed the jury security-camera footage from his own home to tie him to the crime.

Watch Live: Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

January 29, 2015
Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial hearing Tuesday. (CJ Gunther/Pool/AP)

Watch as the murder trial of the former New England Patriot begins.

Making Black Lives – And Black Homicides – Matter

January 29, 2015
This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 a street side memorial with a painted portrait of Ezell Ford near where he was shot when police confronted him on Aug. 11, 2014, on a street near his home in South Los Angeles. (AP)

The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

Woman Dies In Dorchester Fire

January 29, 2015

The cause of the two-alarm blaze, which caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, remains under investigation.

Auto Loans Steer Into Murky Subprime Territory

January 29, 2015
Mike Johnson, a sales manager at a local Honda car dealership, walks past a row of Honda CRV SUVs Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP)

Is it the next subprime scandal? Banking giants piling into high-interest auto loans for the poor. We’ll investigate.

UMass Bars Dorm Guests During Super Bowl

January 29, 2015

University officials say the measures are based on recommendations in a 65-page report released in September on how the school can better handle large-scale gatherings.

Despite Protests, Mexican Officials Declare Missing Students Dead

January 28, 2015
Relatives pose with portraits of the 43 missing students during a press conference in Mexico city, on January 27, 2015. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Parents of the students are accusing the government of trying to wrap up the investigation despite the many unanswered questions.

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