The number of polio cases globally sank to an all-time low in 2012. But outbreaks in Syria and Somalia this year are jeopardizing efforts to eradicate the virus. A recent visit to the Somali-Ethiopian border highlights just how easily polio can regain a foothold in rural, insecure communities.
Bicycle sales held steady over a six-year period in the European Union, but sales of electric bikes soared. In places like the Netherlands, electric bikes are already the most important sales segment. Overall sales are still low, but their popularity is growing around the world.
"I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," the chief of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tells Americans. She also promises it will be fixed and running smoothly by the end of November. Republicans have their doubts.
One year ago, Superstorm Sandy battered the northeastern coast causing massive damage to homes and businesses. But how does the recovery look today? Host Michel Martin speaks to WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen and New Jersey relief volunteer Jim Davis to find out.
The Roma have lived in Europe for centuries, and face persecution and isolation. Many are illiterate and are more likely to be unemployed, impoverished and in poor health than other Europeans. They have been in the news after a blonde, blue-eyed girl was taken from a Roma couple in Greece, heightening many of the prejudices the community faces across Europe.
Boston's David Ortiz is flirting with a World Series record. He's got 11 hits in 15 at-bats. That .733 batting average eclipses the rest of his team's. Boston players not named Ortiz are hitting .144. The Sox could wrap up the championship Wednesday. St. Louis hopes to extend the Series to a Game 7.
Law enforcement agencies across the country subpoena cellphone location data regularly. But civil liberties groups hope a series of state-level legal victories will usher in stronger protections for that often-revealing digital information.
In many places, the reverse commute from city homes to suburban jobs is as congested as or worse than traffic going into the city. "It's just exhausting," says one reverse commuter, whose 35-mile drive to Chicago's southwest suburbs can take up to two hours depending on traffic. In cities where reverse commutes are common, transit agencies are trying to help.
Online marketplace Etsy is a hive for creative vendors selling handmade goods. But the site recently said it will allow sellers to outsource their manufacturing. Some vendors with growing businesses are delighted at this news; others feel Etsy is abandoning their small enterprises.
Some parents say their children are addicted to video games, but it's no accident that kids can get lost in them. Game developers are studying gamers' actions as they play in order to make the games more compelling — and lucrative.