Research Chimps Get Their Day In Court In New York

But neither Hercules nor Leo, who are at the center of a legal battle over whether chimpanzees should have the same legal rights as people, were physically present in the Manhattan courtroom today.

U.S. Finalizes Rules To Protect Rivers, Streams From Pollution

The regulations are intended to clarify recent court decisions on which bodies of water are protected, but many farmers and congressional Republicans oppose what they call an EPA "land grab."

Supreme Court Says Locals Can Make Pill-Makers Pay For Drug Disposal

The court decision means companies are on the hook for helping at least some consumers in California safely dispose of leftover pills and other medicine. Similar measures are in the works elsewhere.

Nebraska Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal Sets Up Override Vote

Thirty votes are needed in the state's unicameral Legislature to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The vote is expected to be close.

Paralyzed By Doubt? Here's A Guide For The Worrier In Us All

You might think that anxiety disorder is no laughing matter, but illustrator Gemma Correll respectfully disagrees. She sees the humor in the mental condition that she deals with every day.

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

At least 18 people have died as a result of severe storms and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Arkansas Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has blocked an Arkansas law that bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The case was filed by two doctors on their own and their patients' behalf.

Penn State Bounces Fraternity For 3 Years Over Nude Photo Scandal

Penn State has shut down the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity chapter for three years, after an inquiry over a Facebook group page that collected pictures of nude women uncovered other transgressions.

How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

It seemed to make sense that the childhood Hib vaccine could cut leukemia risk by keeping the immune system in check. But proving there's cause and effect at work turns out to be a challenge.

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Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires

To increase the number of organ donors in the U.S., psychologists have advocated for changes to how we ask people to donate. In California, officials tried something new — but it may have backfired.

Parched Rivers, Grasslands Choke California Wildlife

May 27, 2015
The giant kangaroo rat plays a big role in California’s ecosystem. (John Roser/University of California at Berkeley)

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd reports there is no relief in sight for California farmers and wildlife ravaged by drought.

A Texas Lake Is Rebounding From Drought

May 27, 2015
A commercial marina's docks are yards away from the waterline of White River Lake, Texas, due to ongoing drought conditions, July 9, 2013. (Betsy Blaney/AP)

In 2013, we spoke with the owner of a lodge on Lake Buchanan, which had shrunk to one-third capacity. We check back in with him.

IRS Investigates Breach Impacting 100,000 Taxpayers

May 27, 2015
The Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.. The agency is investigating a data breach affecting over 100,000 people. (J. David Ake/AP)

The Internal Revenue Service says criminals were able to gain access to people’s tax returns, and file fraudulent tax returns.

Vox Media Acquires Tech News Site Re/Code

May 27, 2015
A view of Re/code's website. (Re/code via Facebook)

The growing digital media company has added Re/code to its stable of niche websites, which also include Vox and SB Nation.

Why It’s Hard To Prove Someone Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

May 27, 2015
Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., on June 4, 2013. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

James Holmes, who opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 166 criminal counts.

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut To Phase Out Artificial Ingredients

May 27, 2015
Customers walk out of a Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurant during lunchtime on April 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The fast food chains have committed to phase out food coloring and additives, including trans fats and artificial preservatives.

What The Latest Roadblock Means For Immigrants Living In The U.S. Illegally

May 27, 2015
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, La. (Billy Metcalf Photography/Flickr)

The ruling comes as a victory for Texas and 25 other states that led the charge against President Obama’s controversial program.

Gaps Remain In Oklahoma’s Spanish Language Weather Warnings

May 27, 2015
Meteorologist Jesus Lopez demonstrates some of the weather forecasting software at the Telemundo studios in Oklahoma City. (Jacob McCleland/KGOU)

The deaths of nine Guatemalan immigrants in a flash flood spurred efforts to provide severe weather information in Spanish.

Department Of Justice Unveils Settlement To Reform Cleveland Police

May 26, 2015
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder holds a roundtable meeting with law enforcement, local officials, and community leaders to discuss the U.S. Department of Justice's report on excessive police force and violence in Cleveland, Dec. 4, 2014. Today, Cleveland waits for the Department of Justice's police statement. (Tony Dejak/AP)

The settlement comes months after a scathing DOJ report found unnecessary and excessive use of force by patrol officers.

Bounce Houses: The Dangers Lurking Within

May 26, 2015
Children play on a bouncy house. (jaarons/Flickr)

On Monday, three children in Florida were injured when a waterspout came ashore and lifted the inflatable house they were in.

Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

May 26, 2015
David Gerfast is being treated for a rare type of cancer at Mass General. (Courtesy of the Gerfast family)

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain’s bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

What Free Speech Really Means

May 26, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

It's A Question Of 'Character'

May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

Competitive Hoop Rolling: A Wellesley College Tradition

May 23, 2015
Class of 2014 seniors storm the course at the start of the race. (Arthur Pollock/Boston Herald)

For ages, children rolled hoops for fun. The game has faded from popular culture, but at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, a hoop rolling competition has survived. And as society has evolved, so has the definition of what it means to win. Wellesley graduate Zoë Sobel has our story.

‘League Of Outsider Baseball’ And The Sino-Japanese War

May 23, 2015

Baseball has plenty of well-known heroes — guys like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. But what about the game’s obscure and unappreciated stars? You’ll find some of them in Gary Cieradkowski’s new book, “The League of Outsider Baseball.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to share the story of two pitchers — one Japanese, one Chinese — who went head-to-head in the Pacific Coast League during the Sino-Japanese War.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

May 23, 2015
The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone to some unusual lengths to make sure no one in the stands is wearing New York Rangers gear. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Which league has been worse on the concussion issue, the NHL or the NFL? Can the Lightning silence New York Rangers fans in Tampa Bay? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the week’s news in sports.

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