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Looking Up: Amusement Parks May Have A Record-Breaking Year

Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and attendance is soaring. To attract more thrill-seekers, the parks have been adding bigger, faster rides.

All Things Considered

The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

All Things Considered

Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

All Things Considered

When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

Your Pill Is Printing: FDA Approves First 3-D-Printed Drug

The company that makes Spritam says the 3-D-printed pill dissolves quickly, even at the highest doses.

Morning Edition

How Cellphone Use Can Help Determine A Person's Creditworthiness

In the developing world, where many people lack bank accounts or credit cards, banks may hesitate to loan them money. But researchers say cellphones can help determine people's creditworthiness.

Morning Edition

New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

A huge legal battle is coming over the White House plan to address climate change with additional power plant regulations. The coal industry has the most to lose, and plans to take the EPA to court.

Morning Edition

Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

Delta And American Ban Big Game Trophies As Airline Freight

Delta said in a statement on Monday that, effective immediately, it "will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies." American followed hours later.

Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

Fail, Quit, Lose: The Danger In Glorifying Failure

August 5, 2015
It can be hard to accept failure. (Flickr / Blacksheep of Omaha)

“Fail fast, fail often” goes the zeitgeist . But should we have such optimism for failure?

Doctors Say High Cancer Costs Can't Continue

August 5, 2015
Landon Kimich, 2, sleeps as he receives a chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP)

After the diagnosis of cancer, another blow – the often-crippling costs of treatment. We look at the soaring price of cancer drugs.

Airlines Take Stand Against Carrying Big-Game Trophies

August 4, 2015
American is joining other airlines in banning big-game transport. (Curimedia/Flickr)

Airlines are responding to the outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion by banning the transportation of big-game trophies on flights.

Newly Expanded AT&T Announces New Bundle Promotion

August 4, 2015
AT&T recently acquired Direct TV and is now attempting to lure customers with a heavily discounted bundle of TV, Internet and phone service. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

Smaller cable companies and some consumer advocates are not happy, but some analysts say this new offer is a good deal.

Plan For New Rams Stadium Gets Boost

August 4, 2015

A judge ruled yesterday that there will not have to be a vote before the city of St. Louis spends public money on a new stadium for the St. Louis Rams.

What Does Warren Buffett Have To Do With IUDs? Well, Everything

August 4, 2015
Warren Buffett arrives with his wife Susan at the White House for a state dinner in honor of the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie in 1998. (Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images)

An anonymous donor funded a study in St. Louis on IUDs, and then low cost IUDs in Colorado and Iowa and then the development of a new, low-cost IUD known as Liletta.

The President's Hard Carbon Emissions Push

August 4, 2015
In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. (AP)

Tough new carbon restrictions. What the president is proposing, Germany’s already doing. Will the American people buy in?

Cambridge Cabbies Strike Against Uber, Lyft

August 3, 2015
Cambridge taxi drivers protest on the street outside City Hall Monday morning. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Drivers at the rally say the services have ruined their business and brought down the value of taxi medallions.

The Average Car In The U.S. Is 11.5 Years Old

August 3, 2015
A 2004 Toyota Camry ranked no. 3 for best-selling vehicle in 2004, and the Toyota Camry is still America's best-selling car. (long-mai/Flickr)

Automotive sales in the U.S. are beating last year’s scores, but people’s cars are aging. Is the auto industry contradicting itself?

One Arkansas Lumber Company That Relies On The Export-Import Bank

August 3, 2015
President Barack Obama, center, with Paul Sullivan, left, Vice President of International Business Development at Acrow Bridge, and Susan Jaime, right, CEO Ferra Coffee International, speaks during his meeting with small business owners to discuss the importance of the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank in the White House on July 22, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses are fuming over the failure of Congress to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank.

Cambridge Cabbies Strike, Seeking Ride-Hailing Regulations

August 3, 2015
Cambridge taxi drivers protest on the street outside City Hall Monday morning. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

The cab drivers are calling on city officials to impose on the ride-hailing services the same kind of rules that the taxi industry faces.

The Hunt For Boston’s Privately-Owned, Public Spaces

July 31, 2015
The plaza at 500 Boylston Street in downtown Boston -- one of the city's privately-owned, public spaces. (Courtesy Paul L. Dineen)

We tour some of the city’s privately-owned public spaces, or “POPS,” with Harvard professor of urban planning, Jerold Kayden.

Wynn Resorts Proposes To Subsidize MBTA Orange Line Service

July 31, 2015
Casino operator Steve Wynn speaks about his proposal for a gambling facility in Everett in late 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It’d be the first time that a private developer would subsidize T operations.

Week In The News: Cincinnati Police Indictment, Bye-Bye Boston 2024, RIP Cecil The Lion

July 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

As Cambridge Builds And Builds, City Seeks Hike In Affordable Housing Fees

July 31, 2015
Cambridge City Councilor Denise Simmons is pushing a hike in the city's linkage fees, which go toward an affordable housing trust. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The Cambridge City Council is expected to vote next month on a plan to triple the fees that developers pay — fees that go toward an affordable housing trust.

Congress Heads Toward Recess With Export-Import Bank In Limbo

July 30, 2015
A man walks past the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The bank has become a hot-button political issue for conservatives who see the bank as corporate welfare.

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