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Eugene Kaspersky, founder and chief executive officer of Kaspersky Lab, at his office in Moscow last Dec. 9. Kaspersky and his firm have ties to the Russian government, but say that should not be cause for concern in the West, where the company's cybersecurity software is widely used.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:59

The software security company is big in the U.S. and around the globe, but tensions between Russia and the West have raised questions about the Moscow-based company.

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:59

A guide to global medical care shows which countries are risky (you don't want to have a car accident in Botswana) and where you don't have to worry (care for heart attacks is solid in Sao Paolo).

The European Union flag stationed outside the Athens Stock Exchange in Athens, Greece.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:49

Greece and its creditors inch closer to a third bailout agreement. Negotiators hope to reach an accord by Tuesday.

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:38

"This is just an unspeakably horrid moment for Vermont," Governor Peter Shumlin told Vermont Public Radio.

<em>Le louche </em>refers to the transformation that happens when water is added to absinthe, turning the liquor from a deep green to a milky, iridescent shade. At left, a classic pour. At right, an absinthe glass fitted with a <em>brouilleur, a</em> device that holds the ice and lets water slowly drip down.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:24

Absinthe was a favorite of artists like Picasso and Van Gogh. Perhaps that explains why a complex ritual rose around drinking it, spawning some of the most beautiful alcohol paraphernalia around.

Lucie Morillon, head of research at French watchdog of Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters without Borders) holds a banner depicting Syrian human rights activist Mazen Darwish during a protest against violence in Syria, in Paris, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Darwish was released from a Syrian prison Monday.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 11:32

Mazen Darwish was arrested in February 2012 while reporting on Syrian President Bashar Assad's government crackdown on protesters.

Ollivier also danced the lead in Matthew Bourne's <em>Swan Lake</em> in 2010. He is pictured here in Times Square where he was promoting the show's return to Broadway.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 11:28

38-year-old British dancer Jonathan Ollivier was killed on Sunday, hours before a scheduled performance.

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:54

Speaking with NPR's Steve Inskeep, the president addressed critics of the Iran nuclear deal and whether he feels more free to address racial issues now.

Crops from the plant growth system on the International Space Station's orbiting laboratory are sample-ready for crew members of Expedition 44.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:49

Crew members on the International Space Station on Monday sampled red romaine lettuce, the first food to be grown and eaten in space.

Buddy Baker, the 1980 Daytona 500 winner, has died at age 74. Here, he poses at Daytona International Speedway in 2007.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 09:57

He was one of racing's fastest drivers, the first in NASCAR to take a car to 200 mph on a closed course. Months after a lung cancer diagnosis, Buddy Baker has died.

Contaminated wastewater is seen at the entrance to the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colo., in this picture released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The photo was taken Wednesday; the plume of contaminated water has continued to work its way downstream.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:42

The spill on Wednesday sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest. Estimates of the spill's size have risen sharply since then.

Nychele Williams, 15, picks basil from the garden at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 06:03

School-based urban gardens can have a measurable positive impact on kids — from improving their diets to helping boost engagement with academics.

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House. The interview will air this week on <em>Morning Edition</em>.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 05:26

In an interview with NPR to be broadcast this week, the president spoke strongly of his critics, including some in his own party. He also talked about letting his passions show more in his sixth year.

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 05:26

Dozens of games and apps claim to improve your memory or make you smarter or reduce stress. But do they really? Developers say the next step is clinically valid poof of cognitive gains.

About one-third of households carry credit card debt over from month to month, down from 44 percent in 2009.
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 05:26

Before the Great Recession, many Americans piled up too much credit card debt. Now, they seem to be a little wiser about using plastic, says the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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