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The international report card is out and confirms the hottest average on record — for a third time in 15 years. More than 400 scientists contributed data, finding a spike in sea and air temperatures.

Americans embraced yogurt only after manufacturers upped the sweet factor. Now new startups aim to wean us from the sugar habit. Think yogurt with a kick of jalapeño or a drizzle of olive oil.

Are plastic bags recyclable? Why are Christmas lights a no-go? A recycling plant operations manager takes readers' questions about the process.

The recent nuclear deal covers only a fraction of U.S. sanctions against Iran; most of the restrictions on businesses will stay in place. But there are exceptions. Who will benefit?

Beyond preserving his legacy, city leaders are calling to investigate the 1940 death of Elbert Williams, who is believed to be the first NAACP official killed for seeking voting rights for blacks.

The Labor Department has suggested standards an employer must meet to consider a worker an independent contractor. Employment lawyers say this will lead to more lawsuits against employers.

Ora Mor Yosef had a surrogate child via her niece, who underwent the procedure in India and gave birth in Israel. Israeli authorities ruled against Mor Yosef and the baby was placed in foster care.

Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday. The field of contenders shows a welcome turn toward recognizing new talent and new sources for TV.

Cottage cheese was the yogurt of the mid-20th century: a dairy product for the health-conscious. But it has fallen out of favor, while marketing of — and demand for — yogurt has soared.

Saeed al-Batal is a pseudonym for a Syrian photographer who lives in a rebel area near the capital, Damascus. In one of his periodic talks with NPR, he says he has just lost his home again.




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