News from NPR

Pages

The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:45 pm

Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. consumers "unlock" their cellphones, rather than having them remain linked to specific service providers.

President Obama says he will sign the bill into law, applauding Congress today for taking "another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cellphone carrier that meets their needs and their budget."

Read more
Movie Interviews
5:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Woody Allen (center) directs --€“ that's right, directs --€” Colin Firth and Emma Stone in Magic in the Moonlight.
Jack English Sony Pictures Classics

In Magic in the Moonlight, a new film from Woody Allen, Colin Firth plays a 1920s stage magician who is also an expert at debunking spiritualists. Stanley, Firth's character, takes on the case of a young woman, played by Emma Stone, who is a supposedly adept medium.

Firth tells NPR's Robert Siegel how some of the more well-known myths about working will Allen checked out and why he's been appearing in fewer comedies.

Read more
The Two-Way
5:09 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors

El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, left, Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Honduran President Juan Hernandez meet to discuss Central American immigration and the border crisis in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Friday.
Uncredited AP

President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Read more
The Salt
4:44 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Keychain Breathalyzers May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

The BACTrack Vio keychain breathalyzer and app on the iPhone at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. A public health researcher says tools like this could help people make better decisions about alcohol use.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

While testing whether a dash of yeast could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining β€” and revealing β€” to track your blood alcohol while drinking.

Using a Breathalyzer, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. And we noticed there's a place on the curve β€” about 0.04 or 0.05 BAC β€” when the buzz is the sweetest.

Read more
The Salt
4:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

At Yume Wo Karate, eating ramen is treated as a path to personal fulfillment.
Andrea Shea For WBUR

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:33 pm

You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.

But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called Yume Wo Karate that serves more than just ramen.

There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. But that's exactly what happens at Yume Wo Katare.

"Everyone, he did a good job!"

Read more
This Week's Must Read
4:39 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:33 pm

To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly β€” often stressfully β€” straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.

Read more
News
4:35 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:33 pm

The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras met with President Obama at the White House Friday, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions to the crisis.

Global Health
4:35 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:45 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Middle East
4:35 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:45 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Politics
4:35 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:45 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Pages