As U.S.-Cuba Relations Thaw, Here's What You Can And Can't Do

In some areas where U.S. officials have given a green light, it hasn't been matched by their counterparts in Cuba. But here's a quick guide to where things stand right now.

D.C. Metro Safety Will Be Placed Under Federal Oversight

The Federal Transit Administration will now be in charge of Metro safety in Washington, according to a plan announced late Friday.

Next Chapter In U.S. Vs. Mexico Soccer Rivalry Kicks Off Saturday

The U.S. and Mexico play in the CONCACAF Cup tomorrow night. The U.S. head coach is under pressure and a Mexican star is out injured, but so far, a couple of advertisements are stealing the show.

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Scottish Nurse Who Recovered From Ebola Is Back In Isolation

Pauline Cafferkey, who caught the virus last winter in Sierra Leone, was taken to the hospital with an "unusual late complication" from her previous infection. That's a surprise — and a concern.

4 Ways This Whole Republican Speaker Situation Gets Resolved

With Kevin McCarthy out of the race for House speaker, the path forward is not clear. Everyone is pointing to Paul Ryan, but what if he doesn't do it?

Mexico Says It Will Allow International Experts To Revisit Missing Students Case

Mexico says it will allow seven experts from five countries to re-examine the crime area. Mexican officials have said 43 students were kidnapped, murdered and burned

#NPRreads: The Power Of Nicki Minaj And The Failure Of ESPN's 'Black Grantland'

Also this week: Politico alleges Joe Biden leaked his son's deathbed wish that the vice president run for the White House, to help weigh a possible 2016 bid.

How Tunisia's 'Quartet' Saved A Country From Civil War And Won The Nobel Peace Prize

Before the Quartet was formed, Tunisia seemed doomed to walk the same path of violence, retributions and political chaos that had wreaked havoc in Egypt.

Bill Cosby To Testify About Alleged Assault At Playboy Mansion

The entertainer is set to be deposed Friday regarding allegations that he molested Judy Huth in 1974, when she was 15. A judge has ruled that the testimony be sealed until at least Dec. 22.

Mother Teresa's Missionaries Of Charity Says No More Adoptions In India

The Catholic sisters known for their blue and white habits say they have asked the government to de-register 13 orphanages over religious objections to the country's new adoption guidelines.

Unlocking U.S. Sentencing Reform

October 12, 2015
Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman talks on his phone outside the newly constructed jail as prisoners are transferred into the facility in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP)

Step one in sentencing reform: 6,000 federal prisoners will go free at the end of this month. We’ll dig in.

Obama Heads To Oregon, But Won’t Be Receiving A Warm Welcome

October 9, 2015
A sign at the edge of campus welcomes students and staff back to Umpqua Community College on October 5, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. Despite crime scene tape still being stretched around large areas of the school, the campus was open to staff and students today for the first time since last Thursday when 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer went on a shooting rampage killing nine people and wounding another nine before he was killed. Classes are not scheduled to resume until next week. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The president plans to meet with families of victims of the shooting rampage, but town is not happy with his calls for more gun control.

Week In The News: Kunduz Bombing, TPP Politics, South Carolina Floods

October 9, 2015
A manhole begins to spill over with floodwaters as high tide approaches at Dorchester Road at Sawmill Branch Canal in Summerville, S.C., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.  (AP)

Russia goes big in Syria. The US hits a hospital in Kunduz. Hillary flips on the TPP. An epic flood in South Carolina. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Michael Bloomberg Takes Climate Fight To Cities

October 8, 2015
U.S. magnate, philanthropist and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, speaks during the launching of the Climate Summit for Local Leaders on June 30, 2015 at the Paris city hall. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

New York’s former mayor and Vancouver’s mayor Gregor Robertson are pushing for climate change policies at the city level.

A Marine Changes His Mind On Women In Combat

October 8, 2015
A female Marine participates in infantry training near Camp Geiger, N.C., in October 2013. (Sgt. Tyler L. Main/U.S. Marine Corps)

Sebastian Bae thought the women he served with in Iraq were a liability. Meeting female veterans changed his mind.

Baker Outlines Charter School Plans At Mattapan School

October 8, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker, flanked by several schoolchildren holding signs, walks to announce proposed legislation on charter school caps. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

Education Secretary Jim Peyser said the bill will allow the state to license up to 12 charter schools statewide above existing caps in districts that perform among the lowest 25 percent in the state, or about 70 districts.

Homelessness In Boston, 1 Year After Losing The Long Island Shelter

October 8, 2015
A homeless man adjusts his hat while wrapped in a blanket on a sidewalk on Boylston Street in Boston. In the year since the Long Island Bridge closure cut off access to a homeless shelter on the island, homelessness has risen 5.6 percent in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

As Bostonians measure progress and consider solutions to end homelessness, let’s not forget how long a year it was for many of our citizens.

Inside Overseas Tax Havens

October 8, 2015
In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, local newspapers show stories about the controversial strategy to bail the government out of a financial hole, at a restaurant along Seven Mile Beach on the outskirts of George Town on the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands have lost some of their allure by abruptly proposing what amounts to an income tax on expatriate workers who have helped build the territory into one of the most famous or, for some people, notorious offshore banking centers that have tax advantages for foreign investment operations. (AP)

Trillions of dollars are now stashed in protected tax havens around the world, leaving societies’ bills to those at home. We’ll dig in.

House Moves To Increase Penalty For Fentanyl Trafficking

October 7, 2015

The House unanimously passed a bill that makes trafficking fentanyl, a powerful opioid, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Mass. Job Seekers Call For Aid For Long-Term Unemployed

October 7, 2015

A few dozen mostly older and well-educated individuals urged state legislators to support bills aimed at getting them back to work.

Congressional Conversations: Rep. Richard Neal On Gun Control, Race For New Speaker

October 7, 2015
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., asks a question during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

As part of our regular series of conversations with Massachusetts’ congressional delegation, we hear from Rep. Richard Neal.

California Gov. Signs Bills On Drones, Assisted Suicide, Fair Pay

October 7, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference to announce emergency drought legislation on March 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assembly member Kristin Olsen to announce emergency legislation that aims to assist local communities that are struggling with devastating drought. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It’s a busy time for California Governor Jerry Brown, as several pieces of significant legislation reach his desk.

Education Reform, After Arne Duncan

October 7, 2015
Students in the new documentary film "Beyond Measure" take part in a project-based learning activity with their peers. (Courtesy the Filmmakers)

Arne Duncan’s headed out as U.S. Education Secretary. What’s next for America’s school kids?

Mass. Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Proposals To Expand Protections For Transgender People

October 7, 2015

Lawmakers heard from both supporters and opponents of the bills which seek to allow transgender people access to public facilities separated by gender that they identify with.

Mass. Lawmakers Review Proposals To Expand Legal Protections For Transgender People

October 7, 2015
Congressman Joe Kennedy III testifies at Tuesday's hearing. (Antonio Caban/State House News Service)

A hearing on Beacon Hill heard testimony on legislation seeking to expand anti-discrimination laws to allow trans people access to public areas legally separated by gender.

Rand Paul’s World: Why His Greatest Strength Is Also His Achilles’ Heel

October 7, 2015
The Kentucky senator's views on foreign policy help set him apart in a crowded field. But they don't play well in the GOP base. Paul is pictured here on Sept. 19, 2015, in Mackinac Island, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/ AP)

The Kentucky senator’s views on foreign policy help set him apart in a crowded field. But they don’t play well in the GOP base.

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