State Department Releases Clinton Emails

The department released the first batch of 296 emails from the former secretary of state's email accounts, which were provided to the Select Committee on Benghazi in February.

Your Roommate In The Nursing Home Might Be A Bedbug

If you're in a medical facility, bedbugs should not be on your worry list. But infestations of the bloodsucking insects in nursing homes and hospitals are on the rise.

Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

An Irreplaceable Replacement, This Sub Gets The Job Done

Josephine Brewington, from Indiana, is the 2015 Substitute Teacher of the Year.

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Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.

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State Department Envoy Defends Administration's Efforts Against ISIS

Steve Inskeep talks to Brett McGurk, the State Department's deputy special envoy to the coalition fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State, about the administration's strategy in Iraq and Syria.

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Poor Residents Benefit From Oklahoma County's Medicine Recycling

Tulsa County began recycling prescription drugs 10 years ago. More than $16 million worth of medicines have been given to the poor. Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Johnston, director of Social Services.

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Official Scrabble Word List Updated With More Jargon And Slang

A list of 6,500 new words have been approved for use in Scrabble games. The new words include slang terms like twerk and shizzle.

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Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.

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A Recovering Heroin Addict Tells His Story

Renee Montagne talks to Jeremy Wilder, a recovering opiate addict. He is one of the millions of Americans who became addicted to heroin after first getting hooked on prescription painkillers.

It's A Question Of 'Character'

May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

Dr. Beach Reveals His Top 10 U.S. Beaches For 2015

May 22, 2015
Waimanalo Bay Beach Park on the Hawaiian island of Oahu won the #1 spot on Dr. Beach's top 10 beaches list for 2015. (Ryan Ozawa/Flickr)

Taking this year’s top honor: Waimanalo Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. “Dr. Beach” explains who made the cut, and why.

Oregon Looks To Raise Wages For People With Intellectual Disabilities

May 22, 2015
Workers with All Seasons Grounds Care at the City of McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility. (Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network)

Some adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities are paid as little as 25 cents an hour – well below the minimum wage.

Wal-Mart Calls On Suppliers To Treat Farm Animals Better

May 22, 2015
Pigs on a farm in the village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province on November 19, 2013. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The retail giant is asking its suppliers in the U.S. to treat farm animals better, and give them fewer antibiotics.

Clinton Emails And Iraq Dominate 2016 Campaign News

May 22, 2015
Hillary Clinton meets with parents and child care workers at the Center for New Horizons on May 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In our weekly look at the race for 2016, we’re joined by NPR’s Don Gonyea and Julie Mason of “Press Pool” on Sirius XM.

Week In The News: ISIS, Airbags, Goodbye Letterman

May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

It’s Only Getting Worse: California Farmers Consider Historic Cuts

May 22, 2015
Farmer Joe Del Bosque (L) talks with a worker on April 23, 2015 in Firebaugh, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, farmers in the Central Valley are struggling to keep their crops watered and many have opted to leave acres of the fields fallow. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers who have water rights are worried regulators will take their water anyway, so they’ve offered the state a deal.

What Free Speech Really Means

May 22, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (David Karp/AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

The Brave New World Of ‘Editing’ Human Genes

May 22, 2015
Humankind Can Now Tinker With Its Gene Pool, But Should It?

A new gene technology is so powerful, it’s sparking debate about whether humankind should tinker with its own gene pool.

2015 Shaping Up To Be An El Niño Year

May 22, 2015
A map shows sea surface temperatures on May 21, 2015. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific and affects global temperatures and rainfall. (NOAA)

Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, explains what this may mean for the weather.

The Ad That Ushered In An Era Of Tough-On-Crime Politics

May 22, 2015
Screenshot from the infamous Willie Horton “Weekend Passes” ad that completely transformed the 1988 presidential race.

In 1988, an attack ad about Gov. Michael Dukakis granting “weekend prison passes” to murderers upended the presidential race.

What’s Next For Colorado’s Controversial Birth Control Program?

May 22, 2015
In this image provided by Merck, a model holds a Nexplanon birth control hormonal implant. In a report released on Feb. 24, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-acting but reversible methods of birth control are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. women, with IUDs redesigned after safety scares and the development of under-the-skin hormone implants. (Merck via AP)

The state legislature has voted against continuing a program that’s credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortions.

2 Students Indicted Over Wesleyan Overdoses That Sent 11 To Hospitals

May 22, 2015
Zachary Kramer, left, and Eric Lonergan during their February arraignments. The two were indicted Friday on federal charges alleging they distributed party drugs at Wesleyan University that sent 11 people to hospitals. (Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/AP)

Zachary Kramer, 21, and Eric Lonergan, 22, are charged with distributing controlled substances.

The Arctic Rush

May 21, 2015
Ships dock at the piers at the seaport town of Murmansk on the Kola peninsula in Russia. Russian authorities have detained a Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' and 27 crew and they face charges when they arrived at Murmansk. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

The Arctic Circle is opening up at a gallop as the ice disappears. Oil, gold, armies, spies. Big opportunities and fear of the consequences.

NFL Owners Vote To Move Back Extra Point

May 21, 2015
Denver Broncos kicker Connor Barth doesn't think moving the extra point back will make much of a difference. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NFL owners have voted to move extra points back 13 yards. The point after, which has become almost automatic, might get a tad harder — and some kickers don’t seem to like the change.

Rookie Drivers Get A Pass On Parallel Parking In Maryland

May 21, 2015
"Driver education" sticker on the back of a car. (minidriver/Flickr)

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Department has eliminated the parallel parking requirement on its driving test.

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