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A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.
Sept. 10, 2014
In a land where police have a reputation for corruption and violence, Titus Musila is a rare officer who is popular. Now that he's accused of a vigilante killing, residents have rallied around him.
Sept. 10, 2014
Something as simple as eating fish can help lower the risk of hearing loss, researchers say. All types of fish helped. And since many people don't eat fish at all, there's an opportunity here.
Sept. 10, 2014
Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson's email about the diversity of the team's fans could end his run in the NBA. But were his comments really out of bounds?
Sept. 10, 2014
The Colorado Orange is no orange; it is an apple, with a unique texture and citrus taste. There's a new effort to bring it, and other endangered Colorado apples, back from the brink of extinction.
Sept. 10, 2014
The Russian president also accused the West of staging the crisis in Ukraine in order to "resuscitate" the NATO alliance.
Sept. 10, 2014
The New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango has been reporting from Iraq for five years and has watched the rise of the Islamic State militants. He gives Fresh Air his take on the situation.
Sept. 10, 2014
NPR producer Sami Yenigun went on assignment with excitement and trepidation. To protect himself from infection, he did not touch anyone. Yet he was deeply touched by the people he met.
Sept. 10, 2014
Daily smokers are less likely to graduate from high school or college and are at higher risk of suicide, according to an analysis of three long-term studies of teenagers in Australia and New Zealand.
Sept. 10, 2014
Peat the kitten had become the face of the Glenturret Distillery in Scotland. He died this week, apparently after being hit by a car.
Sept. 10, 2014
The prime minister says he'd be "heartbroken" if Scotland voted to separate from the union in a Sept. 18 referendum.
Sept. 10, 2014
The president has spent most of tenure scaling back the U.S. military role in the Middle East. Now he appears poised to broaden an operation that will bring with it substantial risks.
Sept. 10, 2014
The Falls Church, Va.-based private contractor that conducts most of the government's background checks, was the target of a cyberattack last month that breached thousands of personnel files.
Sept. 10, 2014
Attorney General Martha Coakley begins with an advantage in the Democratic state but polling shows a majority views Republican Charlie Baker as a strong enough leader to be an effective governor.
Sept. 10, 2014
He giggled, he swore, he was afraid of Ebola. This summer, he was infected by a patient he treated. Two colleagues remember Dr. Samuel Brisbane's good life — and reflect on the idea of a good death.
Sept. 10, 2014
Petro Poroshenko is offering a bill to grant special status to parts of the country's restive east, but he reiterates that there will be no concession on sovereignty.
Sept. 10, 2014
The secretary of state's visit to Baghdad comes ahead of President Obama's speech to the nation to outline a plan to destroy or degrade the militant group.
Sept. 10, 2014
The council in the Missouri town met Tuesday for the first time since the shooting of Michael Brown. A plan introduced would address one source of tension: heavy collection of court fines and fees.
Sept. 10, 2014
Websites including Foursquare, Netflix and WordPress are taking part in Internet Slowdown Day to make a case for unfettered access to the Internet. The slowdown will only be symbolic, not real.
Sept. 10, 2014
Experts say it's not so much the American people that the president has to convince, but the Middle East leaders he's counting on for help.
Sept. 10, 2014

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