In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

Many Americans are not scared to reuse old clothes for new Halloween costumes.

VIDEO: Talking While Female

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

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A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.

Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers

The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.

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Journalist And Political Aide Frank Mankiewicz Dies At 90

Frank Mankiewicz, press secretary to Robert Kennedy and presidential campaign manager for George McGovern, died Thursday night in Washington, D.C. The journalist and former president of NPR was 90.

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Giants Fans Prepare For World Series To Hit City By The Bay

The World Series resumes Friday the first in San Francisco. The Giants have won two rings in five years — 2010 and 2012 — and they're working on a third.

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Honor Student Turned Bank Robber Returns For Forgiveness

A man who robbed a bank when he was a high school honor student sits down with a customer who was in the bank that day.

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Courting Republicans, Georgia Democrat Tries To Keep His Seat

As the last white Democrat in Congress from the Deep South, Rep. John Barrow is a perennial target. So far, he's managed to stay in office by portraying himself as an independent voice.

‘Scribe:’ Bob Ryan’s Life In Sports

October 25, 2014

From basketball to football, the Olympics to golf, Bob Ryan has covered it all. He recounts his career in his new book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports” and joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the book and his career.

Run, Royals, (Pinch) Run!

October 25, 2014
Terrance Gore doesn't get many at-bats for the Royals, but manager Ned Yost values him as a pinch-runner. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

All postseason, the Kansas City Royals’ x-factor has been their speed on the basepaths. Much of their success can be attributed to their use of the pinch-runner. Greg Echlin brings us the story.

New Yorkers ‘Pretty Chill’ About City’s First Ebola Case

October 24, 2014
A police officer guards the entrance to Bellevue Hospital on October 24, 2014 in New York, the morning after it was confirmed that Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, who recently returned to New York from West Africa tested positive for Ebola. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer told us how New York City is handling its first Ebola case, and how residents are reacting.

U.S. Faces Challenges In Fight Against ISIS

October 24, 2014
Thick smoke rises following an airstrike by the US-led coalition aircraft in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, October 13, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

The Syrian opposition forces who will be recruited to fight ISIS will be trained to defend territory, not to seize it back from the militants.

As McDonald’s Prices Rise, Some Customers Go Elsewhere

October 24, 2014
A sign for the fast food chain McDonald's is pictured in Nampa, Idaho. (Roadsidepictures/Flickr)

With prices up about 3 percent over last year, some customers are turning to chains like IHOP, Denny’s and Chili’s instead.

Why Are Dozens Of Western Women Joining ISIS?

October 24, 2014
This Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, photo shows the apartment building in Aurora, Colo., which police say is the home of two of the three teenage girls who, according to U.S. authorities, were en route to join the Islamic State group in Syria when they were stopped at an airport in Germany. The two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend were stopped at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, after the U.S. informed authorities at the airport about the girls arriving alone and headed to Turkey en route to Syria. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

The FBI is investigating the case of three teenage girls from Colorado who they believe tried to join ISIS militants in Syria.

Should Ebola Doctors Be Quarantined After Returning To U.S.?

October 24, 2014
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) President of NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Dr. Ram Raju, NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health Dr. Howard Zucker speak at a press conference October 23, 2014 in New York City. The conference addressed Dr. Craig Spencer, who had returned to New York City from Guinea where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients. Spencer had been quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus and was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing. According to reports, test results have confirmed that Spencer has contracted the Ebola virus. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, went bowling and took a taxi before reporting he had a fever yesterday morning.

Study Says Motorcycle Lane Splitting Is Safe

October 24, 2014
Lane splitting is the practice of motorcycles riding between lanes of traffic. (marymactavish/Flickr)

It may seem risky, but researchers at the University of California Berkeley say it’s relatively safe for motorcycles to ride between lanes.

Navajo Nation Presidential Candidate Allowed To Stay In Race

October 24, 2014
Chris Deschene was one of the top two vote-getters in the Navajo Nation primary election, but his candidacy was thrown into question as a result of his not being fluent in the language. (

After being ordered out of the election because he’s not fluent in the Navajo language, Chris Deschene is now back in the race.

Officials Urge Calm After First Ebola Case Diagnosed In NYC

October 24, 2014
A health alert is displayed at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital October 23, 2014, in New York City. After returning to New York City from Guinea where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing. (Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Dr. Craig Spencer, who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea, is in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital.

Week In The News: Terror In Canada, Midterm Horse Races, Remembering Ben Bradlee

October 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

In Massachusetts, Political Ads Turn Up The Heat

October 23, 2014

Media analyst John Carroll dissects some recent political ads in Massachusetts.

Uninsured Patients In Texas Turn To Walmart

October 23, 2014
Walmart recently opened a Care Clinic in Copperas Cove, Texas, near the Fort Hood military base. (Veronica Zaragovia/KUT)

Near the Fort Hood military base, Walmart recently opened a Care Clinic that has everything a typical doctor’s office has – except a doctor.

Investigation Reveals Cheating Scandal At UNC

October 23, 2014
University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, left, and Chancellor Carol Folt listen during a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The board gathered to discuss the results of an independent investigation of past academic irregularities. (Gerry Broome/AP)

The report shows more than 3,000 students, about half of them athletes, enrolled in nonexistant classes for which they received A’s and B’s.

Kansas City – A Homefront In The Fight Against Ebola

October 23, 2014
Liberians worship at the Konobo language service at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Kansas City's historic northeast neighborhood.(Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR)

Whether here or in West Africa, Ebola comes with a stigma. That’s something many West Africans living in the U.S. are finding out.

Is Kobe Bryant Responsible For Lakers’ Downfall?

October 23, 2014
Kobe Bryant, 36, played just six games last season due to injury. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In a scathing piece for ESPN The Magazine, Henry Abbott writes that Kobe Bryant is the reason the Lakers have struggled to land big-name free agents. But critics from within the NBA — and outside of it — have attacked the report.

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