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Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "Bird mecca" of America – is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.

Court Orders Russia To Pay Former Yukos Shareholders $50B

The Permanent Court of Arbitration called Russia's seizure of the oil company "devious and calculated." The ruling, one of the largest such awards, adds to tensions between Moscow and the West.

Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

The deal will unite two of the United States' biggest discount stores. Dollar Tree will pay $74.50 for each share of Family Dollar and said it would run the company as a separate brand.

How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: The rapid decline of fish and fauna.

Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting

The crew — made up of Dutch and Australian experts — were headed toward the debris field when they heard explosions.

Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis

The bill would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers are expected to unveil their plan this afternoon.

Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

Despite a demand from the United Nations Security Council for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, fighting continued in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

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Israelis Broadly Support Military's Operation In Gaza

Recent polls show more than 8 in 10 Jewish Israelis support the military operation, even as the death tolls climb. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ratings are soaring.

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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

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Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions

Fierce fighting continued overnight in eastern Ukraine along the Russian border, and Russia's foreign minister rejected U.S. claims that his country has been supporting pro-Russia fighters there.

New HBO Documentary Looks At Gaming Addiction

July 28, 2014
The HBO documentary "Love Child" tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they spent up to 12 hours a day taking care of a virtual child. (Courtesy of HBO)

“Love Child” tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they cared for a virtual child.

Marking 100 Years Since The Start Of WWI

July 28, 2014
U.S. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker watches as wounded American soldiers arrive at an American hospital near the front during World War I. (AP Photo)

Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One. We’ll look at lessons learned and our uneasy peace right now.

Help! I’m A Magnet For Pushy Salespeople!

July 28, 2014
Steve Almond: "If a salesperson is coming on too strong, say something." (James Vaughan/flickr)

If a salesperson is coming on too strong, say something.

Gov. Patrick OKs Earlier Sunday Liquor Store Openings

July 26, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill that gives the stores permission to begin doing business at 10 a.m. instead of at noon. But it won’t take effect for another three months.

‘To Hear The Music’ Of C.B. Fisk

July 25, 2014
The pipes of a C.B. Fisk organ. (Courtesy of Dennis Lanson)

A new documentary tells the story of the Gloucester pipe organ building company C.B. Fisk.

The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From

July 25, 2014
Facebook reportedly boasts impressive employee perks, but a competitive retirement plan is not among them, according to Bloomberg (Marco Paköeningrat/Flickr).

Michael Regan explains why Facebook and Whole Foods are near the bottom of Bloomberg’s rankings of companies’ retirement benefits.

NYC Approves Building With Separate Entrance For Lower Income Residents

July 25, 2014
This rendering shows the Extell Development Company's Riverside South project (center), amid Upper West Side skyline in New York City. (extelldev.com)

Riverside South will not be the first building in the city with separate entrances, but the decision has sparked outrage.

ER Physician Documents ‘Lost Underground’ Of WWI

July 25, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Gusky has seen more than 100 of the vast underground cities that were home to thousands of soldiers for months on end during the "Great War." (Stan Wolenski)

Soldiers carved artwork into the walls of vast quarry systems beneath the trenches that defined the war.

Annual Costume Craziness Begins At San Diego's Comic Con

July 25, 2014
Costume designer and viral marketer Chad Evett (right) and members of his family are dressed as the Mad Hatter outside the San Diego Convention Center on the first day of the 45th annual Comic-Con, in San Diego, California July 24, 2014. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s that time of year again. San Diego is overrun with fans of all types, dressed up and ready to celebrate their obsessions at Comic-Con.

Immigrant Gives Up American Dream For New Dream In Mexico

July 25, 2014
Before entering Mexico, leaving the U.S. for good, Jorge Lerma takes this photo. Lerma, 32, was an undocumented immigrant for nearly half his life before deciding to return home for better opportunities. (Jorge Lerma)

Jorge Lerma overstayed his tourist visa for 16 years. Liz Jones of KUOW brings us his story, as he decides to re-establish his life in Mexico.

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!

Boston Band Tigerman WOAH Fights “Commodification Of Music”

July 24, 2014
North Shore-based band, Tigerman WOAH (Courtesy Tigerman WOAH)

The North Shore-based roots band Tigerman WOAH joins Radio Boston live in-studio.

Veterans Say Suicide Is Their Top Concern

July 24, 2014
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., at right, speaks on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, July 10, during a news conference on a bill to combat veteran suicides. Miller introduced the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act to combat veteran suicide. (Evan Vucci/AP)

That’s according to a survey released today by the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Modern-Day Amelia Earhart Circumnavigates The Globe

July 24, 2014
Amelia Rose Earhart takes a selfie in the cockpit during her around-the-world flight. (Courtesy Amelia Rose Earhart)

The famous pilot’s namesake has became the youngest woman to fly a single-engine aircraft around the world.

A Frustrated Young Immigrant Returns To Mexico

July 24, 2014
Jorge Lerma prepares to return to Mexico, where he is from, after having spent half his life as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. (Liz Jones/KUOW)

As a record number of Central American children enter the U.S., some undocumented Mexicans are moving in the opposite direction.

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