Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill at her office in San Francisco in May. Even before the Food and Drug Administration's approval, Sterman had prescribed Truvada for about a dozen patients at high risk for developing AIDS.
The Food and Drug Administration has given the first OK for a drug to prevent HIV infection.
The daily pill Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, combines two medicines that inhibit the reproduction of HIV. It's been a mainstay in the treatment of HIV/AIDS for years, and as of today is an approved option for reducing the risk of HIV infection for people at high risk.
The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said its Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain had opened fire on a speeding vessel off the coast of Dubai today.
In a press release, the Fifth Fleet said a small motor vessel disregarded warnings and approached the USNS Rappahannock. A security team about the Navy vessel "used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force."
The team aboard the vessel fired using a .50-caliber machine gun.
Mark Zuckerberg, right, and Andrew Houston, founder and chief executive of Dropbox, wait in a parked car for the traffic to clear out at the Sun Valley Lodge during the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference last week.
Stina Sieg speaks with Steve Lloyd, the executive director of Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, about HART's latest musical. "La Cage aux Folles" is currently enjoying its first run in WNC thanks to HART, something that Lloyd couldn't have imagined even 10 years ago. Lloyd talks about how "La Cage's" subject matter (involving gay parents) has gone over better than he thought it would in Waynesville, where HART is based.
When Asheville-based dry stone mason and artist Marc Archambault was approached to do a memorial for a well known local doctor, hiker and scout leader, he agreed. Gwenda Ledbetter contacted Archambault to construct a cairn in honor of her husband, John Winslow Ledetter. But after seeing the site and further discussion, the two decided to go another way. Pam Bunch talks to Archambault about the memorial mosaic and how it made him feel to do such a personal piece.
Republican and Democratic strategists tell NPR that most of the estimated $4 billion to be spent by the campaigns, political action committees and others on the 2012 presidential race will make no difference in the outcome.