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One Of The World's Most Famous Free Divers Is Missing Near Ibiza

Natalia Molchanova took a recreational dive on Sunday, didn't come back up and is feared dead. Free divers hold their breath until they surface for air, instead of using breathing equipment.

Who's In, Who's Out: Selection Day For The GOP Presidential Debate

Donald Trump is on top, followed by Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Chris Christie and John Kasich barely make it in, while Rick Perry misses the cutoff for the main debate stage.

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The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

He killed the Pennsylvania governor's wife's cat — or so the story went. As it turns out, the Labrador was sentenced to the grim corridors of Eastern State Penitentiary to live up to his name.

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In LA, Vets Become Homeless Faster Than The VA Can House Them

The Veterans Administration pledged to end homelessness among veterans by this year. Some cities will meet the goal, but LA is way behind, with the country's highest number of vets on the street

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Grandparents Step In When Parents Get Hooked On Opiates

Thousands of grandparents in Massachusetts are having to raise their grandchildren, in many cases because the parents are addicted to opiates. The process is fraught with tension.

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For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

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Urban Shootings Are On The Rise, But Officials Fail To Pinpoint A Cause

Law enforcement officials discussed a recent increase in shootings in several major cities at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

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Swimmer Katie Ledecky Breaks Her Own Record, Again

The 18-year-old blasted past the world record in the 1,500 freestyle — the one she set Monday, while hardly trying. Host Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Karen Crouse about the swimmer.

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Doctor Who Crusaded For Coal Miners' Health Dies At 87

Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen worked on behalf of coal miners in Appalachia and helped create a national movement against black lung disease.

Doctors Say High Cancer Costs Can't Continue

August 5, 2015
Landon Kimich, 2, sleeps as he receives a chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP)

After the diagnosis of cancer, another blow – the often-crippling costs of treatment. We look at the soaring price of cancer drugs.

A Tour Of The Boston Harbor With Leader Vivien Li

August 4, 2015
Vivien Li is leaving the Boston Harbor Association this September for Pittsburgh's Riverlife. (Anthony Brooks/WBUR)

The Boston Harbor Association President will be leaving in September to work for Riverlife in Pittsburgh.

State: Number Of Opiate Overdose Deaths Higher Than Thought

August 4, 2015
In Massachusetts, more than 1,000 people died from overdoses of heroin and other opioids in 2014. (Toby Talbot/AP)

There’s dramatic and troubling news Tuesday about the opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts — it’s getting worse.

Would Natural Gas Act As A ‘Bridge Fuel?’

August 4, 2015
The Patterson 298 natural gas fueled drilling rig drills on land in the Permian Basin in Mentone, Texas. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The president has called for natural gas to serve as a “bridge fuel” to renewable energies, but there are concerns that the country would settle before transitioning to renewable sources.

The President's Hard Carbon Emissions Push

August 4, 2015
In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. (AP)

Tough new carbon restrictions. What the president is proposing, Germany’s already doing. Will the American people buy in?

As Tensions Rise Over Obama’s Climate Plan In Other States, Mass. Leaders Show Bipartisan Support

August 4, 2015

At least 15 state attorneys general are said to be preparing a legal challenge to the plan, which would require deep cuts in climate-changing emissions from power plants. But in Massachusetts, the proposal is drawing bipartisan support.

A Tale Of Two Cubas: Why An Exile Still Won’t Return

August 4, 2015
Judy Bolton-Fasman: "My mother wants the doors to open to the Cuba she once knew, not the country she sees as grotesquely frozen in time." In this picture, Javier Yanez looks out from his balcony, where he hung American and Cuban national flags to celebrate the restored full diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, in Old Havana, Monday, July 20, 2015, the day the U.S. restored diplomatic relations with the island nation. (Ramon Espinosa/AP)

My mother wants the doors to open to the Cuba she once knew, not the country she sees as grotesquely frozen in time.

Secretary of State Galvin Files Public Records Ballot Question

August 3, 2015

Galvin’s initiative petition would let voters weigh in next year on what critics have described as one of the weakest public records law in the country.

Obama Announces Historic Plan To Limit Carbon Pollution, But Some Vow To Challenge It

August 3, 2015
A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The Obama administration first proposed the rule last year. Opponents plan to sue immediately to stop the rule's implementation. (Jim Cole/AP Photo)

The Clean Power Plan will require power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions, 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Obama Administration To Unveil New Climate Change Regulations

August 3, 2015
President Obama speaks at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility, the largest photovoltaic solar plant in the United States in 2012 in Boulder City, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

There has already been a flurry of challenges from states and energy industry groups, and it remains to be seen what the final outcome will be.

European Migrant Crisis Strains All Borders

August 3, 2015
Police officers block migrants along a road to prevent their access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel, in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

The migrant crush at the Chunnel, linking France and England, puts a spotlight on Europe’s migration crisis. We’ll go there.

Top Mass. Officials Unite Around Criminal Justice Reform Initiative

August 3, 2015
Chief Justice Ralph Gants testified in June at a packed Judiciary Committee hearing on sentencing reform. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

State government leaders in Massachusetts are seeking outside help in a united effort to reduce recidivism, lower prison populations, and improve outcomes for those in the state’s criminal justice system.

Week In Review: Olympic Meltdown, Deflategate, Sales Tax Holiday

July 31, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker enjoys a donut from Union Square Donuts at the opening of the Boston Public Market opening this week. (Hadley Green/WBUR)

Joan Vennochi and Richard Tisei go behind the headlines in our weekly news roundtable.

Week In The News: Cincinnati Police Indictment, Bye-Bye Boston 2024, RIP Cecil The Lion

July 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Latest From The Political Front Lines Of New Hampshire

July 30, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a South Carolina campaign rally on July 21, 2015.  (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

It might be hard to believe, but we’re just six months away from the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Gov. Baker Unveils New Public Record Request Rules

July 30, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker is implementing a series of immediate changes designed to improve access to public information. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Under the new rules, state agencies must designate a specific person to handle all requests and inform requesters within five days if the information will take more than 10 days and/or $10 to pull together.

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