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Low Energy Prices Force More Northeast Nuclear Power Plants To Shut Down

The actions raise questions about nuclear's future in the U.S., including its role in reducing climate change. It's left the rural community that's home to one of the plants reeling.

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Blue Origin Announces Successful Launch, Landing Of Rocket

Commercial space startup Blue Origin announced Tuesday the successful launch and landing of one of its rockets. NPR explores what the success means for space travel.

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Local Charities Capitalize On Holiday Rush With Day Of Giving

There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday and, in some places, a single day dedicated to getting people to give to local nonprofits. In Lancaster County, Penn., they call it the Extraordinary Give — 24 hours of events designed to entice donations to arts groups, charities and other nonprofits.

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Green Bean Casserole: The Thanksgiving Staple We Love — Or Loathe

The classic Midwestern casserole, which turns 60 this year, has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food. Even those who grew up with it but can't abide it admit: It tastes like home.

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Behind Your Holiday Sweet Potato Dish, Hard Work In The Fields

More than half of America's sweet potatoes were lifted by hand from the soil of North Carolina. It's some of the most back-breaking farm work to be found, and migrant laborers do most of it.

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China Plans To Create A Nationwide Carbon Market By 2017

China is building what could be the world's largest carbon market. Pilot programs are helping to lower emissions. But this is mostly due to slowing growth and the shift away from manufacturing.

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California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Pfizer, Allergan To Merge In $160 Billion Deal

U.S. drug giant Pfizer and its rival Allergan have agreed to merge in order to lower its corporate taxes, creating the world's largest pharmaceutical company by sales.

5 Things To Know: FAA Task Force Recommends A Drone Registry

A task force created by the Federal Aviation Administration recommends that people flying drones heavier than a half-pound should register with the government. Here are a few things to know.

In Wake Of Attacks, France Moves To Regulate Prepaid Bank Cards

Extremists reportedly used such cards in preparation for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, according to the country's finance minister.

The Curse Of Black Friday

November 25, 2015
Mere hours after giving thanks, Black Friday beckons us to cast aside our gratitude in favor of a greedy lust for more, more, more. In this photo, shoppers throng Brea Mall during Black Friday shopping on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Brea, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/ AP)

Mere hours after giving thanks, Black Friday beckons us to cast aside our gratitude in favor of a greedy lust for more, more, more.

Why Oil Prices Rose After Downing Of Russian Fighter Jet

November 24, 2015
Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on while speaking with journalists in Itamaraty Palace in Brazilia, early on July 17, 2014. (Alexi Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ali Velshi of Al Jazeera America explains why oil prices rose on the news of the fighter jet being shot down by Turkey.

How The U.S. Ended Up With The Fed

November 23, 2015
The U.S. Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, D.C. in 2012. (derfussi/Flickr)

For more than 100 years, the U.S. resisted having a central bank, but finally in 1913, the Federal Reserve System was created.

Mass. Added 11,00 Jobs In Oct.; Jobless Rate Remains At 4.6 Percent

November 19, 2015

With October’s gains, Massachusetts has added an estimated 62,800 jobs so far this year, the state said.

Mass. AG Study: New England Doesn’t Need More Natural Gas Pipelines

November 18, 2015
Opponents of Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline, which was originally outlined to snake through 45 Massachusetts communities, protest on Boston Common on July 30, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The report concludes that the region will be able to meet electricity needs through 2030 “with or without electric ratepayer investment in new natural gas pipeline capacity.”

Researchers: 1.5 Million U.S. Families Living On $2 A Day

November 18, 2015
Low-income families select free bread and produce at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey on August 28, 2015 in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. The food bank has seen an 11 percent increase in food distribution in Atlantic County since four of Atlantic City's major casinos closed in 2014, laying of 8,000 people. The closures brought Atlantic City's unemployment rate to more than 11 percent, double the national average. The mass unemployment has produced the highest foreclosure rate of any metropolitan U.S. area, with 1 out of 113 homes now in foreclosure in Atlantic County. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Where do these families live? How did they get so poor? Two researchers explore the answers in a new book.

Venture Capitalist Says China’s New Economy Is Not Slowing Down

November 18, 2015
Jenny Lee is a managing partner at GGV Capital. (

Jenny Lee has been investing in China for 15 years. She shares her strategies, and says that investing there is “not for everyone.”

Financial Markets Hold Steady After Paris Attacks

November 16, 2015
Traders observe a minute of silence on November 16, 2015, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, to pay tribute to victims of the attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State on November 13. (Arne Dedert/AFP/Getty Images)

European financial markets today opened for the first time since Friday’s attacks in Paris, and there was little reaction.

Week In Review: Housing, Fantasy Sports, Bay State Wind, And MCAS 2.0

November 13, 2015
Millennium Tower, at the old Filene’s basement site (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Our week in review panel, featuring Jim Stergios and John Carroll, goes beyond the headlines.

Searching For Solutions In The Student Debt Debate

November 13, 2015
A sea of graduation caps at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. (whatcouldgowrong/Flickr)

Wrapping up our series on student loan debt are two reporters who have covered the issue for years.

Report: Construction Costs Make It Prohibitive To Build Middle Class Housing Around Boston

November 13, 2015
The Watermark Seaport, a residential building, undergoes construction in July. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Barry Bluestone, the report’s author, found that developers cannot build new housing in Greater Boston at reasonable price points.

Millions Are Living On $2 A Day — Yes, In The United States

November 13, 2015
Countless Americans are living on virtually no income. The shocking fact of these families and the complex strategies they use to survive is a national disgrace, says Renée Loth. In this photo, children play basketball at a park near blighted row houses in Baltimore, Monday, April 1, 2013. (Patrick Semansky/ AP)

Countless Americans are living on virtually no income. The shocking fact of these families and the complex strategies they use to survive is a national disgrace.

Paying For College In An Era Of Soaring Student Debt

November 12, 2015
A 2015 graduation cap. (Pixabay)

For many graduating high school students and their families, paying for college can be harder than getting in.

‘F’ For Faulty: Rating The New Restaurant Letter Grade System

November 12, 2015
In this July 28, 2010 file photo, New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley post the health department's first "A" grade award for sanitary conditions on the window of Spark's Deli in Long Island City, N.Y. (Bebeto Matthews/ AP)

Just because a restaurant gets an “A,” it doesn’t mean you should actually eat there.

Massachusetts Announces Mortgage Program For Veterans

November 11, 2015

Under the plan, qualified borrowers can receive up to 100 percent financing on a single-family home or condominium.

Most Future Mass. Jobs Will Not Require A Four-Year Degree, Study Says

November 11, 2015
Classes like "Advanced precision machining" prepare students for mill jobs straight out of vocational school. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

The study by Northeastern University stresses there is not enough capacity in the state’s current vocational schools to meet our future needs.

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