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Armored Vehicles, Ambulances On The Scene In Colorado Springs

An active shooting situation is unfolding at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. Multiple police officers and civilians have been injured.

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Update: The Latest On The Colorado Springs Shooting

At least four officers and an unknown number of civilians were injured in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, police say.

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How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that's killing off the state's trees — and industry.

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Live Long And Prosper: Reviving An Idea For Income In Old Age

Some financial experts want to bring back tontines, a retirement planning tool. People pool their cash to buy a bond that makes regular payments. The catch: You have to be alive to collect the payout.

3 Dead, Suspect Held In Shootings At Colorado Planned Parenthood

The dead included one police officer from a local university. At least nine other people were hurt, including four police officers.

In Brazil, Deforestation Is Up, And So Is The Risk Of Tree Extinction

Brazil's Environment Ministry announced that deforestation in the country has increased by 16 percent. A separate study warned that more than half the Amazon's tree species may be threatened.

After The Paris Attacks, The French Flag Makes A Roaring Comeback

The flag flies on public buildings and is often waved at sporting events, but it has not been a symbol the French personally embrace. That has changed dramatically in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks.

60 Years Later, What Can Activists Learn From The Montgomery Bus Boycott?

Decades after Rosa Parks changed history, a new generation faces the challenge of remaking the civil rights movement for the next century. What can they learn from the past to build for the future?

New Yorkers May Soon Be Able To Buy Kickbacks ... As Souvenirs

If a concerned citizen has his way, there will be a Museum of Political Corruption in Albany, N.Y. "I tell people, quite frankly, I want to institutionalize corruption," Bruce Roter says.

#NPRreads: Warren Buffet's Grandson And A New Mosque In Rural Wyoming

Also this week: the virtual reality stories of three displaced children.

‘Little Victories’ And The (Many) Rules Of Touch Football

November 28, 2015
Touch football is no laughing matter--that's why Jason Gay has created rules to maintain the integrity of the game.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay has compiled a list of rules for Thanksgiving Day touch football, to help keep your family’s annual game from disintegrating into lawlessness. Gay joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the rules, which are included in his new book “Little Victories.”

Quiet, Present, Consistent Care: Lessons On Medicine From Treating The Homeless

November 27, 2015
Jim O'Connell's book "Stories from the Shadows" focuses on the patients and health care providers who have made a difference in his life. (Courtesy Jeff Loughlin)

Jim O’Connell, co-founder and president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, has written a book of essays about his experiences.

Books To Give As Gifts This Year

November 27, 2015
A book (Pixabay)

If you’re looking to give a book to a friend or family member this holiday, NPR Books editor Petra Mayer shares her picks.

The Forgotten War That Changed American History: A Conversation With Author Brian Kilmeade

November 27, 2015

Author Brian Kilmeade joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to talk about his newest book, “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History.”

The Needham-Born Brothers Behind 'Life Is Good' And Its Positive Mantra

November 26, 2015
Bert and John Jacobs, co-founders of "Life Is Good." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Needham brothers John and Bert Jacobs started the Boston-based company “Life Is Good” in the mid-90s, by selling their shirt designs out of a van. Today, it’s a $100 million clothing empire.

Historic Hamilton-Burr Duel At Center Of New Book

November 26, 2015
A depiction of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, in an illustration by J. Mund. (Wikimedia Commons)

John Sedgwick retraces the root of the conflict and uncovers personal correspondence his ancestor had with Hamilton before the fateful day.

Jewel: Still Singing Strong, Still ‘Never Broken’

November 26, 2015
Jewel performs in the On Point Studio on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. (Liz Gillis / WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Jewel asked “who will save your soul”? Now she’s talking about saving her own. We’ll talk to Jewel.

Embracing Dark Humor With Jesse Eisenberg

November 25, 2015
Jesse Eisenberg poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

He’s probably best known for his Oscar-nominated performance in “The Social Network,” but he also writes plays and short stories.

Fresh Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Feast

November 25, 2015
Three of baker Renee McLeoud's delicious pies, on display in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Bring your appetite! We’re gathering around the radio table with three chefs and new Thanksgiving recipes.

Marilynne Robinson On Hope In A Time Of Fear

November 25, 2015
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Pulitzer Prize winning Iowa writer Marilynne Robinson, arrives to the State Library of Iowa in the Ola Babcock Miller Building, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On the day before Thanksgiving, we talk with Marilynne Robinson – one of America’s greatest authors, thinkers, moralists — about fear and hope in a hard, frightening time.

Author Rick Riordan Takes On Norse Mythology And Boston In New Book

November 24, 2015
Author Rick Riordan. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Rick Riordan is the author behind the wildly popular “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series. Now, Riordan lives with his family in Boston, and he’s written the first book in a new series based here in this city.

‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Goes From Podcast To Page

November 24, 2015
Welcome to Night Vale

The popular podcast, presented as a radio broadcast from a weird desert town, has been adapted into a new novel.

Karl Rove On The Campaigns of 1896 And 2016

November 24, 2015
An archival image of a McKinley - Hobart Presidential Campaign Poster from 1896. (Public Domain / WikiCommons)

Republican political strategist Karl Rove is thinking about the McKinley 1896 campaign and the GOP field right now. Karl Rove is with us.

Why Has History Forgotten Massachusetts Women’s Rights Leader Lucy Stone?

November 23, 2015
Guests view a work of art titled "Hear Us", featuring six bronze reliefs highlighting the contributions of women in public life in Massachusetts, at the Statehouse in Boston.  In the foreground is the likeness of Lucy Stone (Charles Krupa/AP).

Historian Sally McMillen argues that Lucy Stone deserved a place in the pantheon of those who fought for women’s rights, alongside Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

How To Travel While Black During Jim Crow

November 23, 2015
A tourist couple is pictured in the 1963-64 issue of the Green Book. (Courtesy of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library)

A postal worker created a guide for black travelers that was published almost every year from 1936 to 1966.

‘Fox Tossing’ Looks Back On Strange And Forgotten Games

November 21, 2015
Catapulting foxes into the air for fun doesn't sound like a wise thing to do--that didn't stop rich 18th century German hunters from doing it though.

Fox tossing, monowheel rolling and waterfall riding are just three of the “sports” explored in Edward Brooke-Hitching’s new book “Fox Tossing: And Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games.”

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