In the age of Android and iPhone dominance, not too many people are interested in buying a BlackBerry anymore. The same could be said for the Canadian company that manufactures the device. On Monday, the smart phone maker announced it would abandon a bid to be taken over by a private group of investors, and that CEO Thorsten Heins will step down. Fairfax Financial Holdings, BlackBerry's largest shareholder, and a group of private investors will give the company a $1 billion cash influx to reorganize. Marketplace Reporter Sabri Ben-Achour has the latest on the news.
Bill Shuster, a seven-term Republican congressman from rural, central Pennsylvania, has long been considered a social and fiscal conservative. But his vote to end the government shutdown and close alliance with Speaker John Boehner has put him on the list of GOP incumbents facing Tea Party-backed primary challenges next year.
Adults who can't read, write or speak English well affect all of society, in a variety of ways. They contribute less to the economy, cost communities more for government benefits and health services, and are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system.
A new billboard in D.C. is asking jurors to forget about the law, and go with their gut when it comes to acquitting defendants. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with two former federal prosecutors about the pros and cons of jury nullification.
The U.S. says the Syrian humanitarian crisis is spiraling out of control. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.
The holidays are coming up, and that often means decadent family feasts. But things might be especially sparse for people who rely on food stamps. The Supplemental Nutrition Program, or SNAP, is being scaled back. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution about the possible effect.
In Nairobi, four men are facing charges that include harboring terrorists who conducted an attack that left at least 67 people dead in September. The formal charges are the first filed over the assault and standoff at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.
In a plea deal, the hedge fund also agreed to pay a $1.8 billion fine and end its investment advisory business.
A settlement is expected today between federal prosecutors and hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors over allegations of insider trading. SAC would pay $1.2 billion -- the largest fine ever for insider trading.
Colorado voters are deciding a closely-watched ballot initiative on Election Day 2013. Amendment 66 (A66) would raise income taxes in two tiers, depending on a resident’s incom, in order to pump $950 million more into pre-K-through-12 public education in the state. The vote’s considered by many to be a nationwide bellwether as to whether voters will pay more in taxes, to get a bigger, better school system, after years of budget cuts.
President Obama made it a priority to invest in advanced battery technology as an investment in the future. But another technology is revolutionizing energy storage today: the supercapacitor.
The vehicle that arguably saved a car company and became a cultural icon first rolled off an assembly line in November 1983. NPR.org readers shared stories and photos. Check out their memories.