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My Son Is Doctors Without Borders' Thousandth Ebola Survivor

Liberian health worker Alexander Kollie lost his wife, daughters and brother to Ebola. Then his son tested positive for the disease. He survived, and now father and son are building a new life.

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For Healthy Liberians, Life Continues — With Some Adjustments

The million-plus healthy residents of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, are doing their best to maintain their lives in a city where Ebola has killed more than 1,300.

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Duke Energy CEO: 'I Don't Think Of Myself As A Powerful Woman'

Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.

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Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections

About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.

Watchdog: $7 Billion U.S. Effort Doesn't Dent Afghan Poppy Production

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.

Toys R Us Under Fire For 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

One Florida mom is calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us says the Breaking Bad toys are only meant for adults.

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Ambushes, Mines And Booby Traps: ISIS Militants Change Tack

In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.

Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be, foreign governments do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.

Will A Sting, A Court Award And A Protest Help Stop Global Sex Trafficking?

Stories of trafficking — including a sting using a "Walking Dead" actress — are making headlines. An expert talks about the practice, which victimizes millions around the world.

'Mr. President, Don't Touch My Girlfriend,' Chicago Voter Teases Obama

CNN called it a "presidential love triangle" at an Illinois polling location, but, really, the episode was just some good fun.

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.

Week In The News: Market Mess, Ebola Alarm, Election Hits The Home Stretch

October 17, 2014
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Ky., center, and Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, rehearsed with host Bill Goodman before their appearance on "Kentucky Tonight" television broadcast live from KET studios in Lexington, Ky.,Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP)

The CDC in the hot seat on Ebola. Markets reeling. Mid-term fireworks. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Memo To The Vatican: Get Real

October 17, 2014
Eileen McNamara: "By what measure of rational thought is a draft document that asks about homosexuals -- and only asks -- whether the Catholic Church is 'capable of welcoming these people' a cause for celebration?" Pictured: Pope Francis rubs his face during a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues, at the Vatican, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

By what measure of rational thought is a draft document that asks about homosexuals — and only asks — whether the Catholic Church is “capable of welcoming these people” a cause for celebration?

Mayor Walsh’s Plan To Create More Than 50,000 Housing Units

October 16, 2014
Celso Bias carries out a mattress from his apartment in Allston. (Chitose Suzuki/AP)

Mayor Marty Walsh has released a $20 billion plan to create 53,000 new housing units by the year 2030 spread throughout the city at a variety of income levels.

Revere Sues Gaming Commission Over Casino License Rejection

October 16, 2014

The suit accuses the commission of giving Wynn Resorts, which was awarded the casino license for the Boston area, preferential treatment.

Gubernatorial Candidates Spar On Outsourcing

October 15, 2014

Democrats stepped up their criticism of GOP gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker on Wednesday over claims that as head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, he allowed 200 jobs to be outsourced to India, while Republicans denounced the attack as misleading.

Harvard Law Professors Seek Change In New Sexual Assault Policy

October 15, 2014
Langdell Hall, the Harvard Law Library, in Cambridge, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP)

More than 24 Harvard law professors are saying publicly that the university’s new sexual assault policy violates the rights of the accused.

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