National News

Tropical Storm Julia formed in the area around Jacksonville, Fla., on Tuesday night. It's now moving through Georgia, bringing heavy rain and the threat of flooding.

Rare Tropical Storm Forms Over Land In Northern Florida

The 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was an odd one: When the National Weather Service announced the formation of Tropical Storm Julia in northeastern Florida on Tuesday night, it marked one of the few known instances of such a storm developing over land rather than open water.

Shakur spits in the direction of reporters as he leaves state Supreme Court in New York, on July 5, 1994.

Realizing Tupac Wasn't Cool, 20 Years Later

"Tupac wasn't cool."

It felt sacrilegious to even hear my brother say those words the other day, but I knew instantly that it was true.

David and I were little kids when Tupac Shakur died. That was 20 years ago. We were stunned by the drive-by in Las Vegas; the four gunshot wounds; Pac's death on Friday the 13th.

I'd called David because I wanted to remember why we were once so obsessed with the rap superstar.

Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, a Syrian refugee who arrived in the United States in August with his family, pushes a shopping cart in El Cajon, Calif.

White House Wants To Resettle 110,000 Refugees In U.S. Next Year

The Obama administration wants the U.S. to increase the number of refugees it takes in next year to 110,000.

"Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers the administration wants to admit 110,000 international refugees in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1," As NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit. "That's up from 85,000 refugees in the current year."

Kerry made the remarks to members of Congress on Tuesday, a senior administration official told NPR.

Critics voice concern over this proposed Mexican-American heritage textbook. Some scholars on in the subject say that the textbook, <em>"Mexican American Heritage,"</em> is riddled with factual errors, is missing content and promotes racism and culturally offensive stereotypes.

Texas Textbook Called Out As 'Racist' Against Mexican-Americans

When teachers and activists demanded schools in Texas, where more than half of the public school students are Hispanic, teach more Mexican-American studies, the State Board of Education responded by calling for more textbooks on the subject.

So far, though, the only book submitted for approval has drawn fierce criticism.

This week, activists voiced that criticism in front of the Texas Board of Education in a public hearing in Austin. Dozens attended, with some driving hours to the capital from Dallas, Houston and other parts of the state.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, seen here in Washington in 2008.

Powell: Trump A 'National Disgrace'; Clinton 'Screws Up' Everything 'With Hubris'

Colin Powell, who is usually a model of public restraint, apparently was not so much in his emails.

The former secretary of state under George W. Bush had harsh words for both presidential nominees in emails made public that were apparently hacked.

In the emails from the past few months and going back to last year, Powell called GOP nominee Donald Trump a "national disgrace," an "international pariah" with "no sense of shame," who is leading a "racist" movement — because of Trump's leading the "birther" movement and having questioned President Obama's religion.

Infants born with microcephaly are held by mothers at a meeting for mothers of children with special needs in Recife, Brazil.

What Doctors Learned From 42 Infants With Microcephaly

"These babies do not catch up as they grow," says Dr. Antonia Augusto Moura da Silva of the Federal University of Maranhao, Sao Luis, Brazil.

Employees Are Paying A Bigger Chunk Of Health Insurance Costs

High deductible health plans are the new normal.

Just over half of employees this year have a health insurance policy with a deductible of at least $1,000, according to a survey of employers from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

It's the continuation of a multiyear trend of companies passing more of the costs of employee health care back onto workers.

Activists in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo protest Tuesday against the United Nations for what they say is its failure to lift the siege of their rebel-held area. "Hunger better than humiliation," one banner read. "X the UN," another declared.

On Day 3, Syrian Truce Still Largely Holds But Aid Trucks Languish At Border

A cessation of hostilities in Syria that took effect Monday appears to be largely holding, though the U.N. says further assurances are required before humanitarian vehicles can deliver aid to those in need.

A polar bear stands tall during the summer of 2009 in Svalbard, Norway.

Passing Research Ship Saves Weather Station Staff From Polar Bear 'Siege'

Five people. Ten bears. One desperate call for help.

On a remote Arctic island, five researchers at a weather station found themselves "besieged" by polar bears over the weekend, Russia's TASS news agency reports.

Vadim Plotnikov, the head of the weather station on Troynoy Island, told the news agency on Monday that the staff there had seen 10 adult bears around the station, as well as several cubs.

Two weeks ago, a polar bear ate one of the weather station's two dogs — and hadn't left the station since.

Bayer To Buy Monsanto For $66B, Part Of A Trend Of Consolidation In Big Ag

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit