1 Dead In Protest At Chinese-Backed Copper Mine Project In Myanmar

The protest at the Letpadaung project comes two years after police forcefully dispersed demonstrators at the site. Villagers had complained of health and environmental problems related to the project.

Milwaukee Prosecutor Won't Seek Charges In Police Shooting

Officer Christopher Manney was attempting to frisk Dontre Hamilton when he woke up and grabbed the officer's baton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times.

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

He accused the Curia, which oversees the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatican a major part of his agenda.

NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says tensions in the city are at their worst since the 1970s. He spoke two days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in New York.

Spain's Princess Cristina To Stand Trial On Tax Fraud Charges

The charges are related to her alleged links to her husband's business affairs. Cristina is sixth in line to the throne and becomes the country's first royal in modern times to face prosecution.

The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

Calling U.S. A 'Cesspool,' North Korea Warns Against Escalation

North Korea's National Defense Commission, which is headed by the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, said its military was ready to fight America "in all war spaces including cyber warfare space."

An Update On LA's iPad Program

A high-profile school tech program; a federal corruption investigation and the resignation of the superintendent.

Morning Edition

Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."

Morning Edition

Heating New England Homes: The Good And Bad News

Low heating oil prices mean New Englanders don't have to bundle up at home this year, but they will have to watch their rising electric bills.

10 Edible Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Foodie

December 22, 2014
Holiday butter cookies made in Concord, N.H. (Matthew Mead/AP)

The holidays, of course, are a time for giving. But it can be difficult to figure out who wants what. What’s a forlorn gift-giver to do? Why not buy some locally made food?

Should Environmental Considerations Be Factored Into Dietary Guidelines?

December 17, 2014
Christian Owens, looks at a food pyramid at a Nutritional Sciences Preschool in New Brunswick, N.J. in 2005. (Mike Derer/AP)

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is working on revisions to federal guidelines due out next year. And for the first time, it’s considering the environmental implications of your food choices.

Should Restaurant Tipping Be Banned?

December 16, 2014
A Friendly's waitress serves coffee to patrons in Brunswick, Maine in 2011. (AP)

What would happen if restaurants decided to ban tipping? Boston Globe columnist Tom Keane and Bob Luz give us their thoughts.

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

December 16, 2014
Chocolate-Cinnamon Babka (Daniel Lailah)

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook “Jewish Soul Food.”

Let's Talk Chicken

December 12, 2014
This Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 photo made available by the City of Dover Police Department shows chickens standing next to a truck which fell on its side in Dover, Del.  (AP)

Why are there more chickens than people in the world? The remarkable story of what happened when the chicken crossed the road and the world.

Meals For Needy Kids Can Now Include Dinner, Too

December 11, 2014
Food is delivered throughout Portland for the Meals for Kids program. Meals on Wheels' longstanding program for seniors reaches Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington. (Ellena Rosenthal/OPB)

In Portland, Oregon, the city is paying Meals on Wheels to expand its program for senior citizens to also include families in poverty.

L.A., New York, Chicago Schools Say ‘No’ To Chicken Raised With Antibiotics

December 11, 2014
School districts in several big cities this week banned the purchase of chicken raised with antibiotics to use in school lunches. (Fir0002/Wikimedia Commons)

School districts in several big cities this week banned the purchase of chicken raised with antibiotics to use in school lunches.

Kathy Gunst’s Holiday Favorites

December 10, 2014
Be sure to make multiple batches of Andrea's Chocolate-Dipped Buttercrunch. (Kathy Gunst)

Just in time for the holidays, our resident chef shares recipes for her favorite holiday ham glaze and her favorite food gift: buttercrunch.

The 14 Best Cookbooks Of 2014

December 10, 2014
Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has compiled a list (and pile) of the best cookbooks of 2014. (Kathy Gunst)

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

McDonald’s Tries To Put The Brakes On Steep Decline

December 9, 2014
A sign for the fast food chain McDonald's is pictured in Nampa, Idaho. (Roadsidepictures/Flickr)

The fast food chain reports its U.S. sales fell 4.6 percent last month compared to a year ago — more than double what analysts expected.

Drunk, But Not Alcoholic: A New Look At Excessive Drinking

December 9, 2014
Bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine are displayed in a wine store at Issy Les Moulineaux, outskirts of Paris, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014. (AP)

Who’s an excessive drinker? Who’s an alcoholic? We’ll talk definitions, risks, and treatments.

With The Cost Of Beef Up, Pasture Prices Rise, Too

December 8, 2014
Cattle take a drink from a tank filled by a windmill. Rancher Dave Wright was hoping to buy part of a neighboring ranch to expand his herd, but it sold for extreme prices. (Grant Gerlock /Harvest Public Media)

Grant Gerlock from Harvest Public Media brings us a story about how fewer cattle means a higher price on pastures.

Menu Calorie Count Mandate Adds Up To $5 Billion In ‘Lost Pleasure’

December 8, 2014
A McDonald's restaurant sign lists calorie counts July 18, 2008 in New York City. ( Chris Hondros/AFP/Getty Images)

This new lost pleasure calculation is part of the new regulations that are geared to discourage people from eating junk food and curbing obesity.

A Food Fight In Dallas As Restaurants Protest One Critic

December 5, 2014
Some dining establishments in Dallas are refusing to let restaurant critic Leslie Brenner pay, as a way of protesting her reviews. (Facebook)

Some restaurants are refusing let Leslie Brenner pay, on the theory her reviews can’t be taken seriously if she dined for no charge.

Farm To Fork: Cheesemaking Tradition Born In Italy, Thriving In Somerville

December 4, 2014
Lourdes Smith makes balls of mozzarella at her cheese making company, Fiore de Nonno. (Anthony Brooks/WBUR)

For our occasional food series, Farm to Fork, we went to a small Somerville office park near a junk car lot. Inside, behind a red door there’s kitchen and a little piece of Italy.

The Global Food Aid Crisis: How to Help

December 4, 2014
In this Wednesday December 11, 2013 file photo, a Syrian refugee woman with her children prepares food near her tent as a heavy snowstorm batters the region, in a camp for Syrians who fled their country’s civil war, in the Chouf mountain town of Ketermaya, Lebanon. (AP)

Want to help alleviate the hunger crisis in Syria, Lebanon and other countries around the world? We’ve collected a list of charities where you can donate.

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