Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?
Same-sex marriage and the National Security Agency's data gathering are two issues that show the wide divide between conservatives and libertarians.
After more than five hours, a marathon spelling bee had to be suspended because the organizers ran out of words. Maria Carter of KCUR profiles the two competitors as they prepare to finish the bee.
The Senate Democratic leader's sharp attacks on political opponents have led Republicans to call him "detestable" and a "bully." But not enough Americans know Reid to make him a very useful villain.
The study finding that men who prey on women in bars don't have to be drunk to behave badly really hit a nerve. So did the notion that if women drink, they're more likely to be targeted.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is expected to say that only 150,000 jobs were added to payrolls in February. Still, the unemployment rate likely held at a five-year-low 6.6 percent.
The crisis in Ukraine is galvanizing unusually swift bipartisan action on Capitol Hill. The GOP-led House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to authorize a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine.
Aaron didn't think he would ever tell a teacher he was living on the street. But sharing a recording of his personal story, he says, was a relief.
Missouri farmers will file a lawsuit against California over its law barring the sale of eggs from producers whose chickens are raised in small cages. The plaintiffs say the law is unconstitutional.
Why was it such a disaster? Seven Democrats defected from their party to vote against President Obama's nominee.
Opening day at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference attracted some of the biggest names in GOP politics. It also featured some young conservatives bent on having some fun with politics.
Officials are Missouri State University say they expect up to 9,000 people to attend this month’s Public Affairs Convocation, featuring former US Secretary of State Colin Powell. KSMU's Shannon Bowers has this report.
One of the biggest natural gas companies in the U.S. is facing legal trouble over allegations it cheats landowners out of royalty money. Chesapeake Energy has faced similar accusations across the U.S.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, facing a court martial on charges he sexually assaulted a female captain, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of an extramarital affair.
The College Board has announced major changes to the SAT, including making the essay optional, and no longer penalizing wrong answers. Erik Robelen of Education Week talks about the changes.
One of the big arguments for cigarettes is that they are a safer alternative to smoking tobacco. But an analysis of teens finds that the rise of vaping hasn't led to a big drop in tobacco use.
U.S.-based anchor Liz Wahl said she had no interest in being part of the Kremlin-backed news channel because it "whitewashes the actions of Putin."
Judges in Massachusetts say a "peeping Tom" law doesn't apply to surreptitious shots taken from below women's skirts. Does that make sense?
Prosecutors say Sulaiman Abu Ghaith agreed to become a spokesman for al-Qaida in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The former president's political portfolio is in keeping with his longstanding efforts to build the Democratic Party into a more powerful organizational force.
Removing bacteria and other impurities from water could be done more cheaply thanks to researchers at MIT. They're taking advantage of the way trees move water to filter it.
The clash over attorney Debo Adegbile's Justice Dept. nomination pitted powerful law enforcement interests against the civil rights community.
The College Board is announcing new revisions to the SAT college entrance exam. NPR correspondent Claudio Sanchez lays out the Board's proposed changes.
Scores will return to 1,600, and there'll be no penalties if you answer something incorrectly. They are the first revisions to the college entrance exam since 2005.
Yes, climate change raises the risk that avocados will become extra pricey. But Chipotle says that news reports suggesting it could be forced to drop guacamole from the menu are vastly overstated.