NPR News

For more stories on New York State, check out The Innovation Trail.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized to victims and the survivors of the 2013 attack during his sentencing hearing Wednesday.
President Obama announced Wednesday changes to U.S. government policy regarding Americans taken hostage overseas. Among the changes, families of hostages will no longer be subject to criminal prosecution if they decide to pay ransom to hostage takers.
Federal workers are furious after the huge data breach of sensitive information. Some complain letters are going to the wrong name or address, compounding their anger over government incompetence.
Harry Lawrence Freeman, the Harlem Renaissance composer of the opera Voodoo....
The Harlem Renaissance opera Voodoo has not been performed since 1928. A Columbia University researcher rediscovered the score, and now the Harlem Opera Theater hosts two performances.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Nancy Curtis about the changes to U.S. policy on American hostages. Curtis' son, Theo Padnos, was held hostage in Syria for two years until he was released last August.
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Bruce Oppenheimer, a professor at Vanderbilt University, about the changing demographics and politics of the South after the Charleston, S.C., shooting.