Much of the increase was due to one county in Texas. Thirty-three people in Harris County had their drug convictions thrown out after lab tests found they tested negative for the presence of illegal substances.
The report noted that almost all exonerations for drug crimes across the U.S.
Nature has produced some exceptionally odd and unique animals. One such creature is the Oilbird of northern South America.
The Oilbird prefers a diet of wild berries and fruits, especially lipid-rich fruits like palm nuts and avocados (which leads to fatty young and the Oilbird's name). This unusual-looking bird is a leafy reddish-orange color, longer than a crow, with big eyes and a tiny bill protruding from a giant mouth.
Oilbirds reside in extensive colonies that roost in large caves. When the sun sets, Oilbirds emerge from their caves, like huge bats, to forage throughout the countryside for food. Thus, Oilbirds spend most of their lives in complete darkness.
As far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, the drug, Zilmax, is legal to use. But large meat packers, which dominate the industry, have ostracized it after the drug was accused of making animals suffer. The drug's manufacturer, Merck, has been working on a plan to rehabilitate it.
Most teachers will watch the Super Bowl at home, cracking open a beer maybe, or yelling at their flat-screen TVs.
Late last night, the official newspaper of the island's Communist party released a letter reportedly written by Castro.
If you remember, Castro stepped down as president of Cuba in 2006.
NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells our Newscast unit that "among the leaders who will be attending the Auschwitz ceremony are the presidents of Germany and Austria, the nations that gave rise to the Nazis and have since tried atoning for their sins.
My 63-year-old husband has Alzheimer's disease. Our annual income is $41,000, from a combination of his Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and a disability policy he had from a previous job. Last year I bought a single policy on the health insurance exchange. My husband gets coverage through the Veterans Administration.
Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He'd been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe. An estimated 7 percent of the 1 million inhabitants are heroin addicts.
Mauly had tried to get clean a couple of times. It didn't work.
Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson tells our Newscast unit that the gunman was killed and two police officers were injured.
Tim filed this report:
"The city is a second-ring suburb northwest of Minneapolis.
"Authorities said the shooting happened shortly after two new officers were sworn in to the city's police force. Police returned fire, but two officers were shot during the exchange.
As NPR's Sam Sanders explained, Monday's flyby is the closest a known asteroid of this size will pass by Earth in at least the next two centuries.
This means that when the asteroid flew by yesterday, scientists trained their instruments on the body.
Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.
The dire forecasts — which predicted one of the biggest storms to hit New York — meant the city came to standstill.
Kelder, who enlisted in the Army in 1941, served as a dental assistant in Manila, and then ended up on the Bataan peninsula.
The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013.