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No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement.

New York, New Jersey Will Quarantine All Travelers With Ebola Contact

The announcement follows the positive Ebola test that came back Thursday night for Dr. Craig Spencer, who recently had returned to New York City after a stint with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.

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For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.

Fighting The Stigma Of Ebola With Hugs

When President Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci hugged Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday, it was as much to combat the stigma surrounding the deadly virus as to celebrate her survival.

For Hospitals, Doing More On Ebola May Mean Less Elsewhere

The majority of hospitals are training their staff to care for Ebola patients, a survey finds. But infection control specialists say that can mean losing the capacity to handle more common infections.

Police: Remains Found Near Charlottesville Are Those Of Hannah Graham

The search for the University of Virginia student spanned weeks. Police have charged a 32-year-old man with abduction.

When You've Seen Subway Rats, Ebola Seems Like Nothin'

New York has no time for fear-mongering and wild speculation about the spread of disease through their city. They're too busy crafting the perfect "Ebowla" joke for Twitter.

Shooting At Washington School Leaves 2 Dead, Including Gunman

Television images showed students running out of the Marysville, Wash., high school with their hands up. A local hospital said it had received four victims; three of them are in critical condition.

Fashion Police: Why Are You Wearing Rubber Boots In Liberia?

Like most people in Monrovia, our correspondent is constantly washing her hands with chlorinated water. But her booted feet are drawing strange looks.

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In Southeast Turkey, A Long History Of Bloodshed And Worship

A vast plain near Syria is no stranger to military carnage. But a place known as "Potbelly Hill" holds ruins built in ancient times, possibly for ritual purposes, long before organized religion.

State House Roundup: Good Guy, Charlie

October 24, 2014

A bold-faced name. A narrative-changing poll. Two head-to-head debates sounding the gun on the final sprint for redemption.

Mayor Walsh Vetoes $20,000 City Council Raises

October 24, 2014

On a 9-4 vote earlier this month, the council voted to give itself a nearly 23 percent pay raise, effective in January 2016.

Wynn Redesigning Planned Boston-Area Casino Hotel

October 23, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the proposed Wynn Harbor Park in Everett (Wynn Resorts Holdings)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission in its decision asked Wynn to make changes to its 27-story glass hotel tower.

Does Barnstable Need 5 Fire Districts? Proposed Station Reignites Debate

October 23, 2014
"The Hyannis [fire] district works extremely well for the village of Hyannis," says the village's chief, Harold Brunelle. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

A new fire station in the town of Barnstable is raising questions about villages, history and Proposition 2 1/2.

Two Perspectives On Question 3: To Repeal Casinos Or Not To Repeal?

October 22, 2014
A proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. (AP)

A “yes” vote on Question 3 means yes to repeal and no to casinos. A “no” vote would uphold the state’s gaming law.

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

October 22, 2014
A baked food made of marijuana is seen at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Critics say a ban would violate the state’s voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

Louisiana Gov. Issues Executive Order To Better Protect Rape Survivors

October 21, 2014
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is pictured on October 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The move follows revelations that some survivors were being charged thousands of dollars for forensic exams and treatment.

The 2014 Midterms: What Voters Really Care About

October 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

Week In Politics: Midterm Elections Approach, Texas Voter ID Law Stands

October 20, 2014
The US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, November 6, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Charlie Mahtesian discusses key upcoming races and the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision to let Texas’s voter ID law stand.

American Presidents Aren't All That Great

October 20, 2014
A statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on New York City's Roosevelt Island. (Flickr / Alexisrael)

Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

John Grisham Is Right: Looking Isn’t The Same As Touching

October 20, 2014
Wendy Kaminer: "Why was Grisham’s criticism of child porn sentencing laws so widely and reflexively condemned? Why was he pressured into offering an apology?" Pictured: Author John Grisham, who said that the United States is handing out unduly harsh prison  sentences for child pornography offenses to men who probably just had too much to drink and "pushed the wrong buttons." (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Why was Grisham’s criticism of child porn sentencing laws so widely and reflexively condemned? Why was he pressured into offering an apology?

State House Roundup: Won’t You Please Vote

October 17, 2014

Whether you like to count down by weeks, days or hours, the window for a game-changing moment or an “October surprise” is rapidly closing for candidates across Massachusetts.

Is The Bay Area Safer 25 Years After The Loma Prieta Quake?

October 17, 2014
In this before-and-after composite image, (Left) Cars are seen covered in bricks from a falling building facade following the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (C.E. Meyer/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While some infrastructure is up to standards, other buildings have yet to come up to code.

Putin Stands Defiant Despite Falling Oil Prices

October 17, 2014
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on October 17, 2014 in Milan. Putin shows no signs of reining in Russian aggression against Ukraine, despite Western sanctions and falling oil prices. Olivier Morin/AFP)

Oil prices in Russia are steadily falling, but President Vladimir Putin seems unwilling to back down on the Ukraine crisis.

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

October 17, 2014
Traffic congestion is a major problem in Florida. A proposed project to build toll lanes would be the largest infrastructure project in the state, but critics say the lanes would only benefit the rich, who could afford to pay upto $10 during rush hour. Pictured, the so-called Rainbow interchange in Florida, where I-595 meets I-95 in Ft. Lauderdale. (formulaone/Flickr)

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

Obama Names Ron Klain Ebola ‘Czar’

October 17, 2014

President Obama has been under pressure to name an Ebola “czar” to oversee health security in the U.S. and actions to help stem the outbreak in West Africa.

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