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Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package

The federal highway trust fund will run short of money starting this week unless Congress acts. But the Senate's bill differs significantly from what the House passed last week.

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The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

The effort to end polio is taking a toll on Pakistan's already overstretched health system. With more children dying of measles and diarrhea, some question whether the focus on polio is worth it.

Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant

Israel broadened its bombing campaign on Tuesday, bringing the Palestinian death toll above 1,200. Brief hope for a cease-fire was quickly dashed.

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France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

Amid ongoing fighting in Ukraine and stepped-up U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia, the deal has met with little criticism in the shipbuilding town of St. Nazaire, where it has created 2,500 jobs.

Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.

Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

Having offended its own staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has canceled a course intended to help employees "speak with a more neutral American accent."

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American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life

After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.

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White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense

The Obama administration is slapping stronger sanctions on Russia. The sanctions — which target key sectors of the Russian economy, including finance and defense — come as a response to Moscow's alleged involvement in Ukraine. The move comes on the same day that the European Union announced sanctions of its own.

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Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff Schapiro, who is covering it for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Case For Competitive Eating

July 29, 2014
"Crazy Legs" Conti poses with cannolis after winning the eighth annual Little Italy Cannoli Eating Competition on September 10, 2009 in New York City. He devoured 20.5 cannolis in six minutes. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Crazy Legs Conti is a defender of the “sport,” as he calls it, and a long-time Major League Eating (MLE) competitor.

Burundi Woman Models Future Of Farming In Lancaster

July 29, 2014
Fabiola (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

A woman from Worcester who fled conflict in Burundi will be honored at the White House Tuesday as a Champion of Change.

Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes

July 25, 2014
Market Basket employees protested outside of the Somerville store near Union Square on July 22. Inside, store shelves emptied this week as employees refused to deliver and stock products. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The grocery store’s 25,000 employees don’t have a problem with their own working conditions; rather, they want their ousted CEO back.

Why Americans Are Pie People

July 25, 2014
Guest Renee McLeod of Somerville, MA's Petsi pies shows off her wares. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

There is nothing more American than a piece of pie. We taste and talk pies.

The Art Of The American Pie: Recipes

July 25, 2014
A closeup of piemaker Beth Howard's mixed berry pie in the On Point studios. (Nick Andersen / WBUR)

In the odd chance that our pie hour this week made you hungry — how could it not, right? — we asked our piemaking guests for some of their favorite pie recipes. Enjoy!

You Might Call This Story Sour Grapes

July 24, 2014
Wine fraud has existed as long as wine has been made, but Rudy Kurniawan is the first person to be tried and convicted for selling fake wine in the United States. (Alessio Maffeis/Flickr)

Rudy Kurniawan sold more than $35 million in “vintage” vinos in 2006. Now, he’s the first to be tried and convicted for wine fraud in the U.S.

Why Don’t We Eat Our Own Fish?

July 24, 2014
The seafood counter at Whole Foods Market in Hillsboro, Ore. is pictured Sept. 10, 2010. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Most of the fish Americans eat is imported – about 90 percent. At the same time, the U.S. is exporting about one-third of its catch.

Market Basket Workers Rally In Support Of Ex-CEO

July 18, 2014

More than 2,000 people have rallied at Market Basket supermarket chain headquarters demanding reinstatement of former chief executive Arthur T. Demoulas.

‘To Cook Is To Love’ Is Not Your Grandmother’s Cookbook

July 16, 2014
John Verlinden's bacalaitos (salt cod fritters), empanadas de carne (beef turnovers) and platanitos (plantain chips). (Amory Sivertson/WBUR)

“To Cook is To Love” is inspired by John Verlinden’s mother-in-law, who he refers to lovingly as “Mami Aida.”

Porter Square Ramen Shop Wants To Make Your Dreams Come True

July 16, 2014
Yume Wo Katare owner and ramen master Tsuyoshi Nishioka welcomes customers by yelling “Irashaimase!” from behind the long counter that separates his open kitchen and the shop's 18-seat dining room. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

Eating ramen at Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge is seen as a path to personal fulfillment — if you can finish their giant bowl of ramen, you can do anything in life. That’s the concept. Some customers even write their dreams down and hang them on the restaurant’s walls.

School Officials Try Healthier Cafeteria Options

July 14, 2014

This fall, new requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will alter the makeup of school meals, calling for less sodium and more fruits and vegetables. Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates – without turning off sometimes-finicky students.

Wine Lovers Raise A Glass To Direct Shipping Law

July 12, 2014

A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers.

GMO Bananas Must Pass Their First Test

July 11, 2014
Ugandan researcher Stephen Buah and Professor James Dale hold bananas bred to be rich in vitamin A at Queensland University of Technology (Erika Fish/Courtesy of Queensland University of Technology)

Researchers hope to fight vitamin A deficiency in Uganda with genetically engineered bananas, as long as tests in Iowa go well.

Meet This Preteen Wedding Cake Baker

July 10, 2014
Imogen Von Mertens puts the finishing touches on the wedding cake. (Tod Von Mertens)

Would you trust a 12-year-old to make your wedding cake? You might if it’s Imogen Von Mertens. We meet her and sample her cupcakes.

Man Dies At South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest

July 9, 2014
Competitive eating contests have become a summer tradition. Pictured is a hot dog eating contest in California, 2010. (Space Pirate Queen/Flickr)

A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in Custer turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.

Is The Cupcake Craze Coming To An End?

July 8, 2014
After a sudden announcement to employees Monday, the New York-based cupcake maker Crumbs Bake Shop has closed all of its shops, in New York and across the country. (Jay Wood/Flickr)

New York-based cupcake maker Crumbs is closing all of its shops across the country. Is it a sign the gourmet cupcake fad is crumbling?

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