National News

Courtesy of Elkem Metals Collection, West Virginia State Archives

Before Black Lung, The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds

Southern West Virginia is a playground for hikers, cyclists and rock climbers, but in the heart of that lush landscape rests the site of what many consider the worst industrial disaster in American history.

Today, from a picturesque overlook on the mountain above, tourists can see the gate of the Hawks Nest Tunnel, located on the New River in Gauley Bridge. There, water rushes through 16,240 feet of steel and rock.


Getty Images

Progress Report: President Trump's Campaign Promises, 2 Years Later

Sunday marks the second anniversary of President Trump's inauguration. At the midpoint of his four-year term, Trump has already delivered on some of his campaign promises, such as boosting funding for the military.


AP

Tony Mendez, The 'Argo' Spy Who Rescued Americans In Iran, Dies At 78

Tony Mendez became a legend inside the CIA with his daring 1980 rescue of six American diplomats who were given shelter by the Canadian Embassy in Tehran after the U.S. Embassy had been stormed by Iranian revolutionaries.

But the "Canadian Caper" remained classified for nearly two decades, and Mendez didn't receive full acclaim until the Oscar-winning movie Argo, came out in 2012, with Ben Affleck portraying him.


Olivia Sun/NPR

Photos: The Women's March In Washington

Editor's note: This report includes images that some readers may find offensive.

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

AP

Democrats Reject Trump Border Wall Proposal, Calling It A 'Non-Starter'

Updated at 5:28 p.m. ET

With negotiations over reopening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to back temporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, many of whom are now adults, in exchange for funding for a wall on the Southern border.

In a White House speech on Saturday, Trump also offered to extend the Temporary Protected Status program that blocks deportation of certain immigrants fleeing civil unrest or natural disasters.


AP

Powerful Winter Storm Sweeps East After Blanketing The Midwest

After blanketing much of the Midwest in snow, a winter storm is now moving towards New England, with more than 100 million Americans in its path. The storm is expected to drop snow, ice and freezing rain in many places, and forecasters say temperatures will fall quickly afterwards, as arctic air envelops much of the East Coast.


AFP/Getty Images

Trump Travels To Dover AFB For Dignified Transfer Of 4 Americans Killed In Syria

Updated 5:17 p.m. ET

President Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base on Saturday as the remains of four Americans killed earlier this week by a suicide bomber in Syria were returned to the U.S.

Trump, who met privately with family members of the four Americans, was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.


NPR

Amid Snow And Controversy, Demonstrators Take To The Streets For 3rd Women's March

Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET

For the third year in a row, demonstrators gathered in the nation's capital and cities around the world for Women's March events.


AFP/Getty Images

More Than 60 Dead, Dozens Injured In Mexican Pipeline Explosion

For weeks, a crackdown on fuel theft by the Mexican government has led to widespread gas shortages and miles-long lines at gas stations.

So when a pipeline in the state of Hidalgo burst open Friday, sending a spray of fuel into the air, area residents rushed to collect it in buckets and barrels.

Two hours later, the gushing pipeline exploded, turning what had been an excited gathering into a hellish inferno.

At least 66 people were killed and 76 people were seriously burned, the governor of the Hidalgo announced on Saturday morning.


U.S. Army via AP

Opinion: Leaving Syria Is Far Less Risky Than Staying

Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2), a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former State Department adviser and Middle East negotiator, is the author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President.

Richard Sokolsky, a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was a member of the secretary of state's Office of Policy Planning from 2005-2015.


Pages