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Supreme Court Says Locals Can Make Pill-Makers Pay For Drug Disposal

The court decision means companies are on the hook for helping at least some consumers in California safely dispose of leftover pills and other medicine. Similar measures are in the works elsewhere.

Scott Walker Says Ultrasounds Are 'Just A Cool Thing'

Speaking about his state's law that requires an ultrasound before an abortion, the Wisconsin governor said he meets people all the time who are excited to show him ultrasounds of their grandkids.

Nebraska Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal Sets Up Override Vote

Thirty votes are needed in the state's unicameral Legislature to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The vote is expected to be close.

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

At least 17 people have died as a result of severe storms and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Arkansas Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has blocked an Arkansas law that bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The case was filed by two doctors on their own and their patients' behalf.

Penn State Bounces Fraternity For 3 Years Over Nude Photo Scandal

Penn State has shut down the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity chapter for three years, after an inquiry over a Facebook group page that collected pictures of nude women uncovered other transgressions.

How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

It seemed to make sense that the childhood Hib vaccine could cut leukemia risk by keeping the immune system in check. But proving there's cause and effect at work turns out to be a challenge.

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Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires

To increase the number of organ donors in the U.S., psychologists have advocated for changes to how we ask people to donate. In California, officials tried something new — but it may have backfired.

A New Kind Of College Wins State Approval In Rhode Island

College Unbound aims to provide students who have some college experience a personalized path to a degree.

5 Things You Should Know About Rick Santorum

The former Pennsylvania senator is getting in the race for president again. Here's a reminder of who he is.

Simon Rich’s ‘Spoiled Brats’

May 26, 2015
Simon Rich, author of "Spoiled Brats." (Melissa Fuller)

If you’re looking for light fun read for an upcoming vacation, the short story collection “Spoiled Brats” comes out in paperback today.

Searching For ‘The Last Unicorn’

May 26, 2015
The saola is an exceedingly rare mammal found in the mountains of Southeast Asia. (Wikicommons)

Endangered species and the search for one of the world’s rarest creatures deep into the wilds of central Laos.

What Free Speech Really Means

May 26, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

Not Your Mother’s Pot Brownie

May 25, 2015
Karin Lazarus' bakery in Boulder, Colo., specializes in marijuana-infused baked goods. (Povy Kendal Atchison)

A Boulder-based baker of marijuana-infused products is capitalizing on the growing popularity of “edibles” with a cookbook.

It's A Question Of 'Character'

May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

‘All Souls Trilogy’ Author Deborah Harkness

May 22, 2015
Author Deborah Harkness has just released "The Book of Life," the final book in her bestselling "All Souls" trilogy. (Marion Ettlinger)

The hugely successful books are set in a world where witches, vampires and demons live alongside humans.

Pitch Perfect Plus

May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

‘Pitch Perfect 2′ is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

The Mystery Of The Missing Prints

May 21, 2015
The Boston Public Library has been missing two prints since late April. (Andrew Watson/Flickr)

Two prints, one of Adam and Eve by Dürer and the other a self-portrait by Rembrandt, have disappeared from the library’s collection.

YouTube Sensation Publishes Her First Cookbook

May 21, 2015
YouTube cooking sensation Maangchi is out with her first cookbook, "Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking." (maangchi.com)

Maangchi’s career was born when her son suggested she start making videos of herself cooking Korean dishes.

‘Finding The Good’ Through Obituary Writing

May 20, 2015
About 2,000 people live in Haines, Alaska, where Heather Lende has been writing obituaries for 20 years for the Chilkat Valley News. (Andrei Taranchenko/Flickr)

Journalist Heather Lende has been writing obituaries in the small town of Haines, Alaska, for 20 years.

Forecast: Sunny And Dry Memorial Day Weekend

May 20, 2015

I hope you enjoyed the rain, because that’s it for a while. We are in the midst of a sunny and dry pattern which will likely take us into and through the entire Memorial Day weekend. The only risk for showers is on Friday when a cold front passes the area — but it’s very […]

David McCullough Explores The Wright Brothers And The Dawn Of Flight

May 18, 2015
"The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough. (Courtesy, Simon & Schuster)

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough tells the story of brothers Wilber and Orville Wright who proved what many thought impossible: that man could take flight.

Chef Ottolenghi On Food, And Its Role In Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

May 18, 2015
Yotam Ottolenghi is a world renowned chef and cookbook author. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Jerusalem-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi is widely acclaimed for his restaurants and his cookbooks.

Where Does America Fit In The World?

May 18, 2015
President Barack Obama sits with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, and Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David, Md., Thursday, May 14, 2015.  (AP)

Choices to be made about America’s future place in the world, from large and in charge to walking softly and fixing our own problems first. Global strategist Ian Bremmer joins us.

Was Baseball Great Ty Cobb Really A Racist? New Biography Says No

May 16, 2015
Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty

A new biography of baseball legend Ty Cobb disputes the long-held beliefs that Cobb was a racist and a dirty player. Author Charles Leerhsen joins Bill Littlefield to explain how his research exposed earlier stories of Cobb as lies.

Learning How To Say 'I Do'

May 15, 2015
A couple enters a church in Budapest, Hungary before their wedding. (Fabio Penna / Flickr)

Beyond the cake, the dress and the “I do’s.” Ellen McCarthy tells us what she learned about marriage as the Washington Post’s wedding reporter. Plus: looking back at the life of blues legend B.B. King.

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