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Boston’s Bid To Host 2024 Olympics Is Over

July 27, 2015
Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters in June at TD Garden. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties on Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.

In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

July 27, 2015
Composer and professor Dr. Benjamin Boone created Waterless Music, a symphony about water and the lack of it in California. (Benjamin Boone)

Across the drying state, musicians are writing songs about the lack of water, reports Ezra David Romero of Valley Public Radio.

Psychiatrist: Walking Stimulates The Brain ‘In Many, Many Ways’

July 27, 2015
Walking (Montse PB/Flickr)

“A bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin,” says John Ratey, “because it does the same thing.”

China Stocks See Biggest Drop Since 2007

July 27, 2015
An investor walks past a screen that shows share prices in a security firm in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province on July 27, 2015. China's benchmark Shanghai stock index slumped 5.22 percent in afternoon trade on July 27, dragged lower by worries over the economy. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The biggest one-day stock market drop in years – shares slid more than 8 percent – comes after huge gains earlier this summer.

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

July 27, 2015
A man rids his bike against the win as giant wind turbines are powered by strong winds at sunset on March 27, 2013 in Palm Springs, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy.

The Global Impact Of Low Oil Prices

July 27, 2015
An idled pump jack, once used to extract crude oil from the ground, sits above a well on the edge of a farmers field on January 21, 2015 near Ridgway, Illinois. With oil prices near a 5 1/2-year low, oil companies are beginning to slow drilling operations in the United States. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The stock market in China – the world’s biggest energy consumer – dropped 8 percent last night, sending oil prices to a four-month low.

Lifting The Boy Scouts’ Ban On Gay Leaders

July 27, 2015
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts prepare to lead marchers while waving flags at the 41st annual Pride Parade Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Church-sponsored troops will still be allowed to “continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” according to a statement.

Is Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 A Good Idea?

July 27, 2015
McDonald's employees wait to take orders during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

As New York is expected to raise its minimum hourly pay, we look at the economics and politics behind the minimum wage.

Four Players Join Baseball’s Ultimate Fraternity

July 27, 2015
2015 Inductees Craig Biggio,John Smoltz,Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez pose with their plaques after the Induction Ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2015 in Cooperstown, New York. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez have been indicted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Alaskans Still Cleaning Up Reminders Of Japan Tsunami

July 27, 2015
Volunteers with Gulf of Alaska Keeper work on a cleanup and monitoring project at Gore Point. (

Crews are picking up and bagging tons of debris that were swept out to sea when the tsunami hit in 2011.

Alaska Fires Char Permafrost, Stretch Resources Thin

July 27, 2015
In this June 17, 2015 photo from the Alaska Army National Guard, a “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an ANG Black Hawk helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Sgt. Balinda O’Neal/U.S. Army National Guard via AP)

It’s been an unprecedented start to Alaska’s fire season. Hundreds of wildfires are blackening nearly 5 million acres of the state.

40 Percent Of New Jersey Roads In ‘Poor’ Condition

July 27, 2015
According to TRIP, a national transportation research group, 48 percent of roads in Trenton, New Jersey, are in "poor" condition. (dougtone/Flickr)

A national transportation research group found that 28 percent of U.S. roads are in “poor” condition, but in some places it’s worse.

Republican-On-Republican ‘Warfare’

July 27, 2015
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to reporters following a rare Sunday Senate session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Cruz for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

In a speech on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz went so far as to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a “liar.”

Music From The Show

July 24, 2015

From Gold Motel to Gold Panda.

New Relationship With U.S. Promises Big Changes For Cubans

July 24, 2015
A man waves the U.S. and Cuban flags as he walks in front of the new Cuban Embassy shortly before its official ceremonial opening July 20, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

SUNY Buffalo professor Henry Louis Taylor Jr. warns that while there are major positives to the deal, it has its negatives as well.

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