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A rapidly evolving strain of bird flu has killed a record number of people this year in China. Scientists are concerned about its potential to spur a global pandemic.

New Mexico has made it illegal to stigmatize students who cannot pay for their lunches. State Sen. Michael Padilla, who introduced the bill, says he had to mop cafeteria floors as a foster child.

The former Kinks leader speaks with Steve Inskeep about Americana, a musical distillation of his sometimes tumultuous life as British rock star in the U.S.

Chicago's fire department gets 20 times more medical calls than fire calls, but it has twice as many firetrucks as ambulances. Other cities also face this disparity and there are calls for change.

The Department of Homeland Security says such demands aren't routine and represent a fraction of those entering the country.

Instead of soaring towers with antennas on top, future cell sites will adorn power poles and streetlights owned by cities and towns that are wary of turning them over to wireless companies.

Nationally, Americans are growing disenchanted with traditional religion. But in a Maryland suburb, Catholics seeking more spiritual lives are banding together with others who share their values.

Writer Elisabeth Rosenthal has worked as a physician and says it's far more lucrative in the U.S. health system to provide a lifetime of treatments than a cure. Her new book is An American Sickness.

Apple was once considered the most innovative company in the tech sector. But by some accounts, it's being shown up by products from Amazon, Microsoft and now Samsung.

Most potential new drugs don't work when tested in people. It's a major disappointment and it drives up the cost of developing new drugs. One big reason is the use of animals in medical research.

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