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President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with members of the Muslim community Wednesday while visiting the Islamic Society of Baltimore in Windsor Mill, Md.

Obama Visits Mosque In U.S. For First Time During His Presidency

President Obama is delivering remarks at a mosque in Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon, in the first visit to an American mosque he's made during his presidency.

His visit, which will also include a roundtable with Muslim community members, is intended to "reaffirm the importance of religious freedom" to life in America, the White House says.

In his speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the president is expected to say that rejecting bigotry is a core American value.

Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus (far right) and (to his right) Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller testify Tuesday on Capitol Hill during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Army, Marine Corps Generals Say Women Should Have To Register For The Draft

For the first time, top Army and Marine Corps leaders have testified that they think women should register for the draft.

"I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Both Milley and Marine Gen. Robert Neller said women, like men, should be required to register for the Selective Service at age 18.

Tej Rokka is a Nepali pastor who works with the evangelical group Climbing for Christ. He's standing inside Savior Alone Redeems Asians church, in Kathmandu, where he preaches.

Why Nepal Has One Of The World's Fastest-Growing Christian Populations

Famous for its high peaks and wind-whipped prayer flags, Hindu-majority Nepal used to be a nation unreached by Christianity.

Now the country has one of the fastest-growing Christian populations in the world, according to the World Christian Database, which tracks global trends in Christianity.

Scientists have the ability to use DNA from three adults to make one embryo. But should they?

Babies With Genes From 3 People Could Be Ethical, Panel Says

Editor's note: This post was updated Feb. 3, 2016, at 12:25 pm to include a statement from the Food and Drug Administration and a comment from Mark Sauer.

Would it be ethical for scientists to try to create babies that have genetic material from three different people? An influential panel of experts has concluded the answer could be yes.

Former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave at supporters Monday night.

Politics Podcast: Tossing Coins In Iowa And Ted Cruz's Win

The NPR Politics Podcast team has a lot to discuss in the wake of the Iowa caucuses. It was a record-breaking night, with more than 180,000 people, and 22,000 young people, participating in the Republican caucuses. Ted Cruz walked away victorious while Donald Trump claimed second place and Marco Rubio finished a strong third.

Guests attend the Film Independent Brunch during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

In The Conversation About Diversity In Hollywood, Where Does Sundance Fit In?

When the Sundance Film Festival kicked off last month, the subject of diversity was in the air. Just days after the Academy of Motion Pictures rekindled the debate on #OscarsSoWhite, thousands of filmmakers and journalists decamped to Park City, Utah's snowy mountains to discover new indie gems and meet the auteurs of tomorrow.

On Dec. 10, 2014, prison artwork created by Adnan Syed sits near family photos in the Baltimore home of his mother, Shamim Syed. Syed, convicted in 2000 of murdering his girlfriend, is appearing at a hearing Wednesday to request a new trial, based on evidence uncovered by the podcast <em>Serial.</em>

Adnan Syed Of 'Serial' Fame Appears In Court To Seek New Trial

Previously, on Serial ...

"All this time I thought the courts proved it was Adnan that killed her. I thought he was where he deserved to be. Now I'm not so sure."

That's an email from Asia McLean to Sarah Koenig, as read on the very first episode of Serial, the podcast sensation produced by the creators of This American Life.

If you're just catching up, each season of Serial follows a single true story, told episode by episode.

Sexual transmission of Zika virus has happened, scientists say, but it appears to be rare.

What We Know So Far About Sexual Transmission Of Zika Virus

A patient acquired Zika virus in the U.S. through sex with a person who had traveled to a place where the virus is circulating, Dallas County, Texas, health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

This is not the first time that the virus has been sexually transmitted, and it most likely isn't the first time it's been sexually transmitted in the U.S.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is ending his campaign for the GOP nomination for president, he announced Wednesday morning.

Rand Paul Drops Out Of White House Race

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is suspending his campaign for president after a disappointing finish in Iowa, turning his focus now to his Senate re-election bid.

"Across the country thousands upon thousands of young people flocked to our message of limited government, privacy, criminal justice reform and a reasonable foreign policy. Brushfires of Liberty were ignited, and those will carry on, as will I," the Republican said in a statement.

On Jan. 16, Tera Lecuona, resident of the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, holds a protest sign during a hearing over a gas leak at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. The company faces misdemeanor charges as well as numerous civil lawsuits.

California Utility Faces Criminal Charges Over Ongoing Gas Leak

Southern California Gas Co., the utility that owns a natural gas storage well that has been leaking since November, faces criminal charges over the leak and its alleged delay in alerting authorities to the problem.

Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged the company with three misdemeanor counts of failing to report the leak from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, as well as one misdemeanor count over the leak itself.

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