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Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Disagreements remain among the 12 countries regarding drug patents, market access and more, and likely will delay congressional debate of any eventual agreement into 2016.

Watch: 164 Skydivers Fall Into Formation, Breaking World Record

One of the dangers was that parachutes or people could collide. The previous skydiving record was set by 138 people in 2012.

Chimps In Habeas Corpus Case Will No Longer Be Used For Research

Hercules and Leo were used for researched at Stony Brook University will be retired. They were at the center of a court case that tested whether chimps had the same legal "personhood" as humans.

Zimbabwe Official Calls For Extradition Of American Lion Hunter Walter Palmer

Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Oppah Muchinguri wants Palmer to face justice in Zimbabwe, wire services report. U.S. authorities are investigating whether any American laws were broken.

Decades Of Limbo Ends For Some Indians, Bangladeshis Along Border

The fate of pockets of Bangladeshis and Indians living on opposite sides of the border was left unresolved after the partition of the former British colony in 1947. A new agreement has changed that.

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Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

One report shows that state courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes like truancy and alcohol use. Another, that alternatives like treatment programs are more effective.

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Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of people at high risk for Ebola. But more data are needed to figure out exactly how well the vaccine works.

Hillary Clinton Releases 8 Years Of Tax Returns

The returns show that she and her husband Bill Clinton paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes since 2007, according to her campaign. "We've come a long way," she said.

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The Plan To Give Pell Grants To Prisoners

The Obama administration unveiled a pilot program Friday morning that will once again give some prisoners access to Pell Grants, a form of federal student aid.

U.K. Officials Instructed To Grant Ai Weiwei's Original U.K. Visa Request

The Home Office has apologized for denying the prominent Chinese dissident a six-month visa. He got only 20 days, because staff counted secret imprisonment as a criminal conviction.

The Hunt For Boston’s Privately-Owned, Public Spaces

July 31, 2015
The plaza at 500 Boylston Street in downtown Boston -- one of the city's privately-owned, public spaces. (Courtesy Paul L. Dineen)

We tour some of the city’s privately-owned public spaces, or “POPS,” with Harvard professor of urban planning, Jerold Kayden.

New Film Based On Travels With David Foster Wallace Opens

July 31, 2015
Jason Segel, as David Foster Wallace, in a scene from the film, "The End of the Tour." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. (A24 via AP)

The film, called “The End Of The Tour,” is based on David Lipsky’s five-day road trip with the late author in 1996.

When Breakfast Goes Viral: Of Crying Babies, And Those Who Must Listen To Them While Eating

July 31, 2015
The tantruming toddler at the table next to you is not just a practical irritation, but a symbol of a larger conflict at work. (demandaj/flickr)

The tantruming toddler at the table next to you is not just a practical irritation, but a symbol of a larger conflict at work.

Melissa Ferrick Comes Home With Self-Titled Album

July 30, 2015
(Courtesy Melissa Ferrick)

Newburyport-based singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick is back in our studios with a new album, a new business and a whole new approach to her music career.

WWII ‘Good Luck Flags’ Head Back To Japan

July 30, 2015
Dallas Britt of Auburn, Washington is one of seven Pacific Northwest veterans journeying to Tokyo with a special cargo of World War II flags. (Courtesy Tom Banse)

Seven Pacific Northwest veterans of World War II leave for Tokyo today carrying 70 Japanese flags for the 70th anniversary of war’s end.

Wistful For The Olympics That Wasn’t

July 30, 2015
A rendering of the proposed Olympic Stadium in Boston for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Boston 2024)

The Olympics coulda-shoulda-mighta been a chance not only to show off the best of the city, but also to help create a vision of an updated, modern Boston.

Berklee And Boston Conservatory: More Than Just Friends?

July 29, 2015
Flags for Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory fly adjacent on The Fenway. (Courtesy Allen Bush)

We talk to the presidents of Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory, who are exploring a potential merger of their institutions.

Brockton’s Last Synagogue Being Sold, Leaving City

July 29, 2015

The number of member families at Temple Beth Emunah has dropped from about 350 families at its height in the 1970s and 1980s to about 150 families this year.

In Dorchester’s Harambee Park, Olympic Bid Failure Seen As Missed Opportunity

July 29, 2015
Harambee Park, on the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Talbot Avenue, is seen last month. The park is the site of the historic Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A day after Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games was dropped, there was disappointment in Dorchester at the site of the historic Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center, which would have hosted Olympic tennis.

Mass. Home Sales In June Hit Highest Level In 10 Years

July 28, 2015

More single-family homes were sold in Massachusetts during June than in any month since August 2005, according to newly released data, which also showed sale prices are up only marginally from the first half of 2014.

Young Author Finds Success 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

July 28, 2015
A portion of the cover of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, "Among the Ten Thousand Things." (Courtesy Random House)

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — “Among the Ten Thousand Things” — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

Lifting The Boy Scouts’ Ban On Gay Leaders

July 27, 2015
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts prepare to lead marchers while waving flags at the 41st annual Pride Parade Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Church-sponsored troops will still be allowed to “continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” according to a statement.

Beverly Residents Seek To Rename Park In Honor Of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Creator

July 27, 2015
Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player stricken with ALS whose Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for ALS research, attends this year's Red Sox home opener game in April. (Elise Amendola/AP)

A group of Beverly residents want to rename a neglected playground in honor of Pete Frates, whose father says it would be the first all-inclusive handicap accessible park in the city.

The Very Best Of Barbecue

July 27, 2015
The Snow BBQ best, in WBUR's kitchen. (Sarah Platt / WBUR)

From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!

The Curious Case Of The Missing ‘I’

July 27, 2015
Julie Wittes Schlack: "What’s behind this growing trend toward telegraphic text?" (@Doug88888/flickr)

What’s behind this growing trend toward telegraphic text?

Revisiting Wes Moore’s ‘The Work’

July 24, 2015
Wes Moore's latest book is "The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters." (Amun Ankhra)

We look back at our conversation with Army veteran and best-selling author Wes Moore, about finding work that matters.

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