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U.S. Begins Airstrikes In Support Of Iraqi Ground Forces

The air attacks on Islamic State forces were requested by Iraqi security forces engaged in combat south of Baghdad.

Ukraine Approves EU Pact And Temporary Self-Rule For Rebels

The parliament voted to strengthen economic ties with the EU beginning in 2016. It also approved a deal to allow self-rule in some separatist-held areas, a move likely to be rejected by the rebels.

How To Measure Success Against The New Monster In The Middle East?

But most Americans are far from clear as to what this "ISIL" monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.

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With Debt Collection, Your Bank Account Could Be At Risk

A 1968 federal law allows debt collectors not only to garnish wages but to take from a debtor's bank account. Consumer advocates say the outdated law is overly punitive and out of touch with reality.

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Community Keeps Calm Despite Questions About Wal-Mart Shooting

Peaceful protests have taken place since police shot and killed a black 21-year-old who was holding a toy gun while shopping in Ohio. But new questions are being raised about the handling of the case.

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Will Scotland Vote To Cut The Cord?

For three centuries, Scotland has been part of the U.K. Until recently, it looked likely to stay that way. But some voters have changed their minds and recent polls show independence ahead by a nose.

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With U.S. Oil Supply Climbing, Some Call For End To Export Ban

Much of the U.S. oil industry wants to lift a ban that followed the 1970s energy crisis. But those worried about the possibility of higher gas prices and climate change want to keep the ban in place.

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Hiccups Were The Clue That Led Researchers To Ebola

Journalist Jeffrey Stern traveled to Guinea to find out why it took so long for scientists to figure out that the Ebola virus had struck. He tells a revealing tale in this month's "Vanity Fair."

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Minecraft's Business Model: A Video Game That Leaves You Alone

Microsoft is buying the company that created the video game Minecraft, which has a loyal following in part because of the freedom it allows players — including freedom from pressure to buy add-ons.

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GM Ignition-Switch Defect Now Linked To 19 Deaths

A special compensation fund for victims of the faulty ignition switch has issued its first report, which makes clear GM will pay claims for more than the 13 deaths it says were linked to the defect.

‘Rich Hill’ And Growing Up Poor in Rural America

September 16, 2014
From "Rich Hill"

“Rich Hill,” a new documentary on growing up poor, now, in rural America. The dreams and the desperation.

Redshirting: Holding Kids Back For An Edge

September 16, 2014
Jasmin Torres helps classmate Brianna Rameles with a worksheet at the Diloreto Magnet School in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012. (AP/Charles Krupa)

More parents are “red-shirting” their children in kindergarten—holding them back for a year, hoping they’ll have an edge. Does it work? We look.

Gaming Commission Proposes New Traffic Mitigation Requirement

September 16, 2014

On Tuesday the state gaming commission resumes deliberations over awarding the Greater Boston casino license and finds out whether there are still two applicants.

Democratic Candidate For Governor, Martha Coakley, On Short Sprint To General Election

September 15, 2014
Martha Coakley delivers her victory speech Tuesday night in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With last week’s primaries in the rear view mirror, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley are now off and running on the short sprint to the general election in November.

Mass. High Court Rules For Tesla Over Auto Dealers

September 15, 2014

The ruling means Tesla can continue to sell its electric cars directly to consumers, rather than through franchise dealerships.

Northeastern Study: Not Enough Spots In Massachusetts Vocational Schools

September 15, 2014
Students work on a car at Worcester Technical High School. (US Department of Education/Flickr)

Among the issues the next Massachusetts governor will face is a growing disconnect between the number of manufacturing jobs available in the state, and workers with enough skills to fill those positions.

Music From The Show

September 15, 2014

From Steve Reich to Black Moth Super Rainbow

Boston-Based Doctors Head To Liberia In Effort To Contain Ebola Outbreak

September 15, 2014
Health workers load the body of a woman they suspect died from the Ebola virus, onto a truck in front of a makeshift shop in an area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

Monday evening, a team of four doctors from Boston will depart for Liberia as part of a joint effort from Partners in Health and two public health groups working in Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone.

HBO’s New Documentary Captures Terror On Film

September 15, 2014
Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. (Jerome Delay/AP)

The new HBO documentary “Terror At The Mall” uses mall security footage to tell the story of the terrorist attack on the West Gate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Frustration Over Fracking Could Play Role In November Elections

September 15, 2014
Anti-fracking activist Kaye Fissinger gestures out to a reservoir near her community of Longmont where oil and gas companies are looking to drill.(Brian Gill/Inside Energy)

A compromise over fracking in Colorado left some environmental activists furious and vowing payback on election day.

Baja Coast Gets Pummeled By Hurricane Odile

September 15, 2014
Winds blow palm trees on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

Hurricane Odile hit Mexico’s Baja Coast and Hurricane Edouard is developing off the coast of Florida.

Regional Airlines Get Pinched

September 15, 2014
A United Airline check-in counter at O'Hare International Airport, pictured on Nov. 15, 2012. Regional airlines are not enjoying the success of their larger parent companies. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Small airlines that often fly under the banner of the legacy carriers have been losing money amid rising costs.

Mass. General Doctor Learns To Accept Her Own Changing Brain

September 15, 2014
Dr. Annie Brewster reflects on her changing MRI scans, which are changing as a result of her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Dr. Annie Brewster understands the value of clinical detachment. “As a doctor, I spend my days looking at radiology images and reading reports,” she says. But she also admits, “It’s hard to remember that the body part being referred to is actually part of a human being.”

A Call To Reject Corporal Punishment As Part Of Black Culture

September 15, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pictured in 2012. Peterson was placed on the inactive list last week after a Texas grand jury indicted him on child abuse charges. (Jim Mone/AP)

An incident of child abuse by an NFL player has raised questions about the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline in the African-American community.

Chinese Opinion Does Not Favor Scottish Independence

September 15, 2014
Members of the Hong Kong Police Band march in a parade playing bagpipes and dressed in tartan; two prominent cultural Scottish symbols.(Flickr/istolethetv)

Chinese citizens love Scottish music and whisky but are lukewarm about Scotland’s independence movement.

Week in Politics: Congress Focuses On ISIS Strategy Ahead Of Recess

September 15, 2014
View of the U.S. Capitol from the street in Washington, D.C. (Zoe Rudisill/Flickr)

With a recess coming up at the end for the week, members of Congress have a short amount of time tackle major issues.

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