Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:21 pm
The New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl.
But there is a flat, squishy cloud over the Patriots' 45-7 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday: The NFL is looking into allegations that the Patriots deflated the football to give themselves an advantage.
Two scientists say that "deflate-gate" isn't entirely hot air.
On his return trip from Asia, Pope Francis made strong statements supporting the church's ban on artificial means of birth control. He also said Catholics should practice "responsible parenthood" and don't have to breed "like rabbits."
Speaking with reporters on a flight Monday from the Philippines to Rome, Francis encouraged the use of church-approved contraception.
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:14 pm
There have been developments today in France and elsewhere in Europe over the investigation into the Jan. 7 attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead.
Four men accused of providing logistical support to Ahmed Coulibaly, the gunman who took hostages at a kosher supermarket during the Paris attacks, appeared in court today. It's not clear whether the four — all in the 20s — were aware of his plans.
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:13 pm
Officials in Montana say they have detected traces of oil in the water supply of the town of Glendive, days after up to 50,000 gallons of oil spilled from a break in a pipeline along the Yellowstone River.
NPR's Kirk Siegler is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit. He says:
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:07 pm
Update at 11:55 a.m. ET
The Yemeni president's house is being shelled by Shiite rebels, and the presidential palace reportedly has been seized.
Nadia al-Saqqaf, the information minister, said on Twitter that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's house was being shelled by Shiite rebels whom Saqqaf called "militias seeking to overthrow the ruling system."
She said Hadi's home has been under attack since 3 p.m.
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:41 pm
The White House says it could consider congressional action against Iran later in the year, but emphasized it wants more time to see if negotiations over the Islamic republic's nuclear program can work.
"If Congress wants to act later in the year, we could consider that, but at the moment they ought to give us the space to let these negotiations work," Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:12 am
Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET
The group that calls itself the Islamic State, in a direct address to Japan's prime minister, is threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it gets $200 million within 72 hours. The demand in a video posted online comes as Shinzo Abe is visiting the Middle East.