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On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

The country's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position. The European Central Bank has stopped lending Greece money and a referendum Sunday could spell the country's exit from the eurozone.

#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Also this week, misconceptions about slavery. And, the struggle for gay Christians trying to keep the faith.

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

The insurgent political movement, which has just three members in parliament, led the rollback of the 75-year-old law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" religious teachings.

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

An alliance of forces led by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front is battling the Syrian government for control of the key northern city.

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

Foster Children, Disjointed Families

July 6, 2015
A still from the upcoming documentary film, "Tough Love." (Courtesy PBS / The Filmmakers)

An intimate look at the foster care system from the perspective of two families struggling to reunite with their children.

Massachusetts College Daycare Worker Arraigned In Rape Case

July 3, 2015

A Massachusetts judge has set bail at $100,000 for a former Bridgewater State University student accused of sexually assaulting two young boys while working at a campus daycare center.

Two Suspects Held After Fatal Shooting In Roxbury

July 3, 2015

Two Dorchester men are being held on $1,000 bail in the aftermath of a fatal shooting in Roxbury Thursday night.

FBI Issues Terror Alert Ahead Of July 4th Holiday Weekend

July 3, 2015
FBI director James Comey gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Seth Jones of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand, discusses why law enforcement issued the alert.

Marathon Bomber’s Friend Drops Appeal On Obstruction Charges

July 3, 2015

A friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Azamat Tazhayakov, has dropped an appeal of his conviction for obstructing the investigation into the bombing.

Week In The News: Greek Crisis, Cuban Embassy, Overtime Expansion

July 3, 2015
Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Greece's European creditors were assessing a last-minute proposal Athens made for a new two-year rescue deal, submitted just hours before the country's international bailout program expires and it loses access to billions of euros in funds. (AP)

Overtime pay. Diplomatic ties with Cuba. Greece defaults. Iran deadline missed. Chris Christie jumps in. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Ex-Drug Lab Chemist May Have Tainted Thousands Of Cases

July 3, 2015

Newly released court documents indicate that a former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab convicted of stealing drugs to feed her addictions may have tainted as many as 10,000 criminal prosecutions, not just a few dozen as first thought.

Police Seek Help Identifying Toddler Found Dead On Deer Island

July 2, 2015

Authorities have released a computer-generated composite image of what the girl may have looked like.

After Supreme Court Decision, Is There An Alternative To Lethal Injection?

July 2, 2015
People in support of abolishing the death penalty protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

On Monday, a divided Supreme Court upheld a state’s right to use lethal injection in death penalty executions.

Man Fatally Shot After Allegedly Pointing BB Gun At Brockton Police Officers

July 2, 2015

Police were responding to a complaint that a man was threatening to burn down a house. They say the man had two guns on him that “closely resemble authentic guns,” and he pointed one of them at officers.

BP To Pay Gulf Coast States, Feds $18.7 Billion

July 2, 2015
In this April 21, 2010 image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. (US Coast Guard/AP)

The British oil and gas giant has agreed to the settlement to resolve legal claims resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game

July 2, 2015
This file image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber, with the Arabic bar below reading: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif", which the Islamic State group's radio station claimed responsibility for.  (AP)

A big, provocative look at the sophisticated online efforts of ISIS to recruit and lure Westerners to their cause.

Suspect Who Shot Good Samaritan Following A Traffic Accident In Lynn Remains At Large

July 2, 2015

Police and witnesses say a good Samaritan who came to the aid of an elderly man who was being assaulted following a traffic accident in Lynn was himself shot by the assailant who then fled the scene.

Harvard Says Recent Computer Data Breach May Have Compromised Email Logins

July 2, 2015
People walk through Harvard Yard at Harvard University. (Lisa Poole/AP)

Administrators are recommending that people who work at the affected departments and schools change their passwords.

A Lowell Guidance Counselor Who Survived A Genocide

July 1, 2015
Seng Ty with recent graduates of Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where Ty is a guidance counselor.

Seng Ty is a popular guy among students at Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where he’s a guidance counselor. But it wasn’t until they read his memoir that they understood all he had been through.

Former Patriots Player Pleads Guilty, Gets Probation In Hit-And-Run

July 1, 2015
Brandon Spikes talks with reporters in Foxborough in May. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Brandon Spikes will serve a year of probation in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people.

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