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Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same

Sports can burn a lot of energy. But vacuuming the carpet burns calories, too. The question is, how much? We checked out the numbers and found surprises.

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In June Jobs Report, Positive Numbers Belie Frustrations Beneath Surface

Employers added 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. But wage growth was flat, and the drop in the unemployment rate had a lot to do with people leaving the workforce.

Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But The Prep Kit May Not Be

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover a screening colonoscopy without any out-of-pocket costs for the test itself. But there can be surprising costs for consumers anyway.

U.S. Seeks Extradition Of 7 FIFA Officials From Switzerland

Swiss prosecutors said the requests were delivered Wednesday evening. The FIFA officials were arrested in May in Zurich in a corruption investigation of soccer's governing body.

BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

The agreement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3 Percent, But For The Wrong Reason

The economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, including 223,000 in June, but the Labor Department report for last month shows more people are also leaving the labor force and wages are not rising.

Police Issue 'All Clear' At Washington Navy Yard

Report of shots being fired at the site of a 2013 mass shooting brought a swarm of law enforcement personnel, emergency vehicles and reporters to the scene.

The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

Our searchable commencement app is now updated with the best speeches from 2014 and 2015.

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Georgia Leads A Push To Help Ex-Prisoners Get Jobs

Federal grant money is flowing to skills training programs for ex-offenders. But aid will be successful only if employers are willing to hire them. That's where state re-entry programs show promise.

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Sunnis Flee The Islamic State, But Still Fall Under Suspicion

The Islamic State is a Sunni Muslim group. Yet many Sunnis have abandoned their homes and fled areas where ISIS has taken over in Iraq. But that doesn't mean Shiites welcome them with open arms.

After Supreme Court Decision, Is There An Alternative To Lethal Injection?

July 2, 2015
People in support of abolishing the death penalty protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

On Monday, a divided Supreme Court upheld a state’s right to use lethal injection in death penalty executions.

Tunisians Call For Balanced Response To Terror Attack

July 2, 2015
The coffin of Elaine Thwaites, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. (Joe Giddens/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Many want to make sure the government strengthens security without infringing on the democratic gains made in the Arab Spring.

Supreme Court Term Wraps With Some Strong Language

July 2, 2015
The flag flies in the wind in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015. (Susan Walsh/AP)

NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg discusses the landmark decisions this term, and what they say about this court.

Greece In Turmoil Ahead Of Sunday’s Vote

July 2, 2015
Pensioners line up outside a National Bank branch on July 2, 2015 in Athens, Greece. As people continue to queue outside banks Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that he will quit if voters don't back him up in Sunday's referendum. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

As the anti-austerity prime minister urges Greeks to reject proposals made by creditors, we ask a gallery owner how she will vote.

ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game

July 2, 2015
This file image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber, with the Arabic bar below reading: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif", which the Islamic State group's radio station claimed responsibility for.  (AP)

A big, provocative look at the sophisticated online efforts of ISIS to recruit and lure Westerners to their cause.

Driving While Black, While Not Actually Driving

July 2, 2015
Jabari Asim: What the officer saw when he thought he saw me, and what that costs. Pictured: "My Skin Color Is Not A Crime." Demonstrators hold signs during a silent march in New York to end the New York City Police Department’s "stop-and-frisk" program, June 17, 2012. (Seth Wenig/AP)

What the officer saw when he thought he saw me, and what that costs.

Some Clerks In Alabama, Arkansas Resist Issuing Marriage Licenses

July 1, 2015
Protesters waive a rainbow flag on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. The protest was being held against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, due to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and her own religious beliefs, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the county. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

In the South, some clerks are pushing back on the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, including one who reportedly quit.

U.S. To Reopen Embassy In Havana

July 1, 2015
Workers from Eastern Shores Flagpoles raise a flagpole at the Cuban Interest Section in Washington in preparation for re-opening of embassies in Havana and Washington, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

It’s a major step in restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries, whose embassies have been shuttered since 1961.

Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: Who’s To Blame And What Can Be Done?

July 1, 2015
The Puerto Rico Capitol is pictured in San Juan. (jbash/Flickr)

Anne Krueger, a former official with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, shares the findings of her new report.

Infants And Inmates

July 1, 2015
In this file photo, a statue stands at the entrance to the women-only Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, N.Y., Wednesday, March 28, 2012.  (AP)

Babies born in prison. The numbers are growing. What’s best for baby? We’ll take a closer look.

Redefining American Overtime

July 1, 2015
In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (AP)

Five million workers may qualify for overtime pay. We’ll look at the plan and the pushback.

In Effort To Stem Opioid Crisis, Mass. Congressional Delegation Reaches Across The Aisle

July 1, 2015
Normally adversaries, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, are requesting a surgeon general report on the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic. (AP)

Democrats from Massachusetts are uniting with Republicans from the Midwest on several bills aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic.

How Do You Police The Police?

June 30, 2015
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley speaks as FBI Special Agent in Charge of Boston Vincent B. Lisi, left to right, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, far right, look on during a joint news conference at the Boston Police Department's Headquarters Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Boston. A man under surveillance by a joint terrorism task force was shot and killed outside a pharmacy Tuesday after he lunged with a knife at a city police officer when asked to drop his military style knife before the officer and an FBI agent opened fire. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

When encounters with police prove fatal, who should determine whether the use of lethal force was justified?

Massachusetts’ New Paid Sick Time Law Goes Into Effect

June 30, 2015
Shannon Henderson, gets her son, Justin, 1, dressed before leaving home for her job as a part-time customer service representative at Wal-Mart in Sacramento, Calif. Henderson is one of an estimated 40 million American workers for who calling in sick is a luxury. If they don’t work, they don’t get paid. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Supporters of the paid sick leave law, including Massachusetts’ Attorney General Maura Healey, gathered in Downtown Crossing Tuesday morning to celebrate.

Boston 2024 Brings ‘Bid 2.0′ To Redwood City

June 30, 2015
Architect's rendering shows an athletes' village that is proposed to be built in Boston if the city is awarded the Summer Olympic games in 2024. (Elkus Manfredi Architects for Boston 2024 via AP)

Boston 2024 is presenting its “bid 2.0″ in Redwood City, California — the plan for the 2024 Summer Olympics came out on Monday and it includes an extension of the Emerald Necklace and an enormous development in Widett Circle, among other ideas.

State’s Earned Sick Time Law Goes Into Effect

June 30, 2015
Earned sick time advocates rally on June 30 in front of the State House after delivering signatures to appear on the ballot this November. (State House News Service)

Backers of the law — which voters easily approved in the fall, and which takes effect Wednesday — say it will extend benefits to nearly 1 million workers.

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