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The 18-year-old blasted past the world record in the 1,500 freestyle — the one she set Monday, while hardly trying. Host Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Karen Crouse about the swimmer.

Law enforcement officials discussed a recent increase in shootings in several major cities at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

The Veterans Administration pledged to end homelessness among veterans by this year. Some cities will meet the goal, but LA is way behind, with the country's highest number of vets on the street

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

Thousands of grandparents in Massachusetts are having to raise their grandchildren, in many cases because the parents are addicted to opiates. The process is fraught with tension.

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

A California playground embraces the value of wild play.

In 2009, then-Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki declared that all homeless veterans would have housing by 2015. New Orleans has made big strides, but in Los Angeles, the problem persists.

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