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Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families

A month after the devastating mudslide that killed at least 41 people, the president stopped at the tiny town of Oso, where he promised to "be strong right alongside you."

Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips

The court ruled that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices.

U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test

The State Department, citing news reports of heightened activity at Pyongyang's test site, says it's closely watching the situation.

Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death

Steven Elliott, one of the Rangers who mistakenly fired on Tillman's position, says he believed there were no "friendlies" in the area when he pulled the trigger.

Hospitals Can Speed Stroke Treatment, But It's Not Easy

The faster people get treatment after suffering a stroke, the less likely they are to be permanently disabled or die. Speeding up hospital procedures helps, studies find. But cost is an issue, too.

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Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Some states have enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon's sales fell about 10 percent.

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Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa

A national debate over universal preschool has raised an important question: What does high-quality pre-K look like? Researchers say the preschool program in Tulsa, Okla., is among the nation's best.

Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.

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As Putin Rides Wave Of Popularity, Opposition May Get Swept Under

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using a recent surge in popularity to crack down on opposition. Several proposed laws would strengthen penalties against protestors, and officials and local media alike are denouncing criticism of Putin as "unpatriotic."

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Amid Ukraine's Faltering Hopes For Peace, Biden Speaks In Kiev

During a visit to Kiev, Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia that it must help to reduce tensions in Ukraine. A recent international agreement intended to disarm militant groups seems to be failing.

Who Needs A Life Coach?

April 23, 2014
Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

The Supreme Court On Aereo And The Future Of TV

April 23, 2014
In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York. Aereo is one of several startups created to deliver traditional media over the Internet without licensing agreements. (AP)

The Supreme Court looks at Aereo, the little startup that could cut your cable cord and up-end TV as we’ve known it. We look at the battle. Plus: a state ban on affirmative action in college admissions is upheld. We’ll examine the implications.

Boston Is America’s Second Funniest City

April 22, 2014
Boston is the country's second funniest city. (Ryan Kelly Coil/Flickr)

Despite its puritan roots — or perhaps in reaction to them — Boston is the country’s second funniest city.

Eugene Mirman Brings The Laughs Home Again

April 22, 2014
Comedian and Lexington-native Eugene Mirman, who brings the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival back to Boston next weekend. (Credit: Brian Tamborello)

We speak to comedian and Lexington-native Eugene Mirman, who brings the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival back to Boston next week.

What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

April 22, 2014
In this June 5, 2012, file photo, the marble statue of ancient Greek philosopher Plato, stands in front of the Athens Academy, as the Greek flag flies in Athens. (Dimitri Messinis/AP)

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.”

Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

April 22, 2014
African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers (right) and his son Christopher Myers are both concerned about the lack of diversity in children's literature. (Malin Fezehal)

African-American children’s book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

Remembering Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

April 21, 2014
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is pictured in February 2010. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

We remember the boxing champion, who was twice wrongly convicted of murder, with his longtime friend and defender.

Remembering The Magical Realism Of Gabriel García Márquez

April 21, 2014
In this 2003 photo released by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP)

Gabriel García Márquez and his spell of magical realism. We’ll cast it again, in remembrance.

Why ‘Marathon’ Is A Terrible Metaphor For Life

April 21, 2014
Julie Wittes Schlack: Contrary to the divine wisdom of Dr. Phil, a detailed analysis suggests life is neither marathon nor sprint. In this photo, Bill Rodgers, of Melrose, Mass., crosses the finish line to win the Boston Marathon on April 17, 1978. (AP)

Contrary to the divine wisdom of Dr. Phil, a detailed analysis suggests life is neither marathon nor sprint.

Boston Is Ready To Run Again

April 18, 2014
The finish line of the Boston Marathon, located on Boylston Street, is seen on April 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

One of the biggest fields ever will assemble in Hopkinton, Mass., for the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday morning.

A ‘Smart’ Transit System Is Coming To Boston

April 18, 2014
The "smart" transit system, Bridj, is running a limited beta schedule starting in May. (Peter Eimon/Flickr)

Do you depend on public transportation to get around Boston? Are you frustrated by slow, crowded buses and trains that don’t go where you need to go?

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