A well-known holiday tradition that began 67 years ago is underway once again. Toys for Tots has followed a simple pattern—toys are donated and then distributed to children in need. Retired Lt. General Peter Osman, the president and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, takes us back to how it all began in the years after the war.
Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:12 pm
The country will soon know the fate of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. Tensions have been high in St. Louis County since the August shooting, which sparked violent protests and unrest.
A grand jury has been examining this case for weeks and is expected to come out with a decision on whether or not to indict Officer Wilson.
Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 11:19 am
Two bills that would authorize building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will soon come to a vote in Congress, as their sponsors — Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. — head toward a runoff election next month to decide who will win the Senate race.
NPR's Debbie Elliott reports:
"On the Senate floor, Landrieu called for action on the Canada-to-Texas pipeline project, saying, 'I believe with a push we could actually get the votes that we need to pass the Keystone pipeline.'
Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:10 am
Dozens of residents from the village of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island are preparing to watch their homes be engulfed by a slow-moving finger of lava that has traced a scorched path for months from its origin at Kilauea volcano.
Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira has said residents will be allowed to watch Mother Nature consume their homes to "provide for a means of closure.
"You can only imagine the frustration as well as ... despair they're going through," he said, according to The Associated Press.
Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:06 pm
Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET
Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S. soil, is now free of the virus and has been discharged from a special facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Speaking at a news conference, Pham said in a statement that she felt "fortunate and blessed" and put her trust "in God and my medical team."
"I believe in the power of prayer because I know so many people around the world were praying for me," she said.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:05 am
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday that he's forming a panel that will study the social and economic conditions that fueled violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old this summer.