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Armored Vehicles, Ambulances On The Scene In Colorado Springs

An active shooting situation is unfolding at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. Multiple police officers and civilians have been injured.

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Update: The Latest On The Colorado Springs Shooting

At least four officers and an unknown number of civilians were injured in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, police say.

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How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that's killing off the state's trees — and industry.

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Live Long And Prosper: Reviving An Idea For Income In Old Age

Some financial experts want to bring back tontines, a retirement planning tool. People pool their cash to buy a bond that makes regular payments. The catch: You have to be alive to collect the payout.

3 Dead, Suspect Held In Shootings At Colorado Planned Parenthood

The dead included one police officer from a local university. At least nine other people were hurt, including four police officers.

In Brazil, Deforestation Is Up, And So Is The Risk Of Tree Extinction

Brazil's Environment Ministry announced that deforestation in the country has increased by 16 percent. A separate study warned that more than half the Amazon's tree species may be threatened.

After The Paris Attacks, The French Flag Makes A Roaring Comeback

The flag flies on public buildings and is often waved at sporting events, but it has not been a symbol the French personally embrace. That has changed dramatically in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks.

60 Years Later, What Can Activists Learn From The Montgomery Bus Boycott?

Decades after Rosa Parks changed history, a new generation faces the challenge of remaking the civil rights movement for the next century. What can they learn from the past to build for the future?

New Yorkers May Soon Be Able To Buy Kickbacks ... As Souvenirs

If a concerned citizen has his way, there will be a Museum of Political Corruption in Albany, N.Y. "I tell people, quite frankly, I want to institutionalize corruption," Bruce Roter says.

#NPRreads: Warren Buffet's Grandson And A New Mosque In Rural Wyoming

Also this week: the virtual reality stories of three displaced children.

Stand Up. Right Now.

November 27, 2015
Josh Baldonado, an administrative assistant at Brown & Brown Insurance, works at a treadmill desk in the firms offices in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP)

The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We’ll look at how that works.

9 Ways To Be More Mindful From The ‘Mother Of Mindfulness,’ Ellen Langer

November 26, 2015
Ellen Langer (Kris Krug/Flickr)

Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer explains how mindfulness — the simple act of noticing new things — can lead to better health and happiness.

Melrose Man Serves Thanksgiving To Those Who Have Nowhere Else To Go

November 26, 2015
Scott Macaulay, of Melrose, hosts a Thanksgiving feast for strangers. (Kathleen McNerney/WBUR)

For 30 years now, one Melrose man has been opening his Thanksgiving table to complete strangers based on one simple belief: no one should be alone for the holidays.

The Importance Of Friends And The Difficulty Keeping Them

November 26, 2015
Pinky swear (Pixabay)

A researcher who studies friendship explains its importance in human development and how it changes over time.

Visiting The Snow Geese Of Vermont: A Here & Now Tradition

November 26, 2015
It's a Here & Now Thanksgiving tradition to revisit Robin Young's trip with her now-late uncle to see the migrating snow geese at the Dead Creek Refuge in Addison, Vermont. (chesbayprogram/Flickr)

It’s our Thanksgiving tradition to revisit Robin Young and her now-late uncle’s trip to see the migrating snow geese in Vermont.

Terminally Ill Houston Teen Will Get Her Dying Wish

November 26, 2015
Qirat Chappra has spent most of her life in a Houston hospital and hasn't seen her parents in 13 years. (Screenshot from Facebook video)

Qirat Chappra has not seen her parents for years, but after a social media campaign, their travel visas have finally been approved.

Why Film Is Dead And Digital Photos Won’t Last Forever

November 26, 2015
More and more people are using the camera's on their cellphones to capture special moments. (Pixabay)

Photographic process historian Mark Osterman says digital photos won’t stand the test of time unless they’re printed or shared widely.

One Refugee’s Story Of Coming To America

November 26, 2015
Paul Okot came to the U.S. from southern Sudan when he was 7 years old. (Courtesy of Paul Okot)

Paul Okot vividly remembers landing at JFK airport in New York at 7 years old, after fleeing violence in southern Sudan.

A Locavore’s Dilemma: Meeting The Turkey Before Eating Him

November 26, 2015
Hinda Mandell: "I thought...visiting my Thanksgiving dinner in advance of the holiday would make me feel more grateful. I just wasn’t prepared for the guilt." (lunamom58/flickr)

I thought visiting my Thanksgiving dinner in advance of the holiday would make me feel more grateful. I just wasn’t prepared for the guilt.

A Short History Of The Urban Turkey

November 25, 2015
A printed plate of the wild turkey from 1916. (Flickr/Biodiversity Heritage Library)

While many of us picked our Thanksgiving bird at the market, some New Englanders didn’t need to look any further than their backyard.

Flying For Thanksgiving? Distract Yourself With Mystery Of Airport Codes

November 25, 2015
Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn created the website, which links hundreds of three-letter airport codes with a pretty picture and a brief story about the airport. (Screenshot from

Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn have created a website that connects hundreds of those three-letter codes with a story about the airport.

The Lunar Effect: Fact Or Fiction?

November 25, 2015
Full moon (Pixabay)

Tonight is a full moon, and it just might make you crazy. At least that’s what people have believed for millennia.

The Man Behind The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 25, 2015
Vice president of Macy's Parade Studio John Piper directs operations as float handlers inflate and secure a Sonic the Hedgehog float during 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Inflation Eve on November 23, 2011 in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

John Piper explains how a team of designers, painters, sculptors and more, work all year to get the parade off the ground.

Fresh Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Feast

November 25, 2015
Three of baker Renee McLeoud's delicious pies, on display in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Bring your appetite! We’re gathering around the radio table with three chefs and new Thanksgiving recipes.

Marilynne Robinson On Hope In A Time Of Fear

November 25, 2015
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Pulitzer Prize winning Iowa writer Marilynne Robinson, arrives to the State Library of Iowa in the Ola Babcock Miller Building, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On the day before Thanksgiving, we talk with Marilynne Robinson – one of America’s greatest authors, thinkers, moralists — about fear and hope in a hard, frightening time.

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.

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