More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact.

That's according to a new survey about the workplace and health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

While it may not sound so surprising that work affects health, when we looked more closely, we found one group was particularly affected by stress on the job: the disabled.

If you've stepped foot in a comic book store in the past few years, you'll have noticed a distinct shift. Superheroes, once almost entirely white men, have become more diverse.

There's been a biracial Spider-Man, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, and just last week, Marvel announced that the new Iron Man will be a teenage African-American girl.

Joining this lineup today is Kong Kenan, a Chinese boy who, as part of a reboot of the DC comics universe, is one of four characters taking up Superman's mantle.

On Tuesday, an international tribunal soundly rejected Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea, an area where China has been building islands and increasing its military activity.

The case before the international tribunal in the Hague was brought by the Philippines, challenging what's widely seen as a territorial grab by Beijing. The tribunal essentially agreed. Beijing immediately said the decision was null and void and that it would ignore it. There are concerns now that the tribunal's decision could inflame tensions between the U.S. and China.

The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.

The deaths last week of three African-American men in encounters with police, along with the killing of five Dallas officers by a black shooter, have left many African-American gun owners with conflicting feelings; those range from shock to anger and defiance. As the debate over gun control heats up, some African-Americans see firearms as critical to their safety, especially in times of racial tension.

Please do not catch virtual monsters among the graves of fallen soldiers.

This is the message from authorities at Arlington National Cemetery, aimed at those who might use the hit mobile game Pokémon Go at the cemetery.

A quick consultation with Dr. Google will tell you that drinking lots of water — and staying well-hydrated — can help you lose weight.

But is there any truth to this? A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine adds to the evidence that hydration may play a role in weight management.

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Following the deadliest attack on law enforcement since Sept. 11, President Obama and former President George W. Bush attended an interfaith memorial on Tuesday to honor the five law enforcement officers killed during a peaceful protest in Dallas.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the House Judiciary Committee for several hours on Tuesday, fielding questions about the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails during her tenure as secretary of state, the backlog of cases in immigration courts, the mass shooting in Orlando, the two police shooting deaths in Minnesota and Louisiana, and the murders of police officers in Dallas, among other things.


Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

Jul 29, 2014
Originally published on July 29, 2014 7:31 pm
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Reining in the NSA's collection of Americans' phone records - it's been a major issue on Capitol Hill since Edward Snowden revealed the domestic spying program more than a year ago. NPR's David Welna reports on a bipartisan effort in the Senate to do that. The aim is to limit surveillance and force more disclosure.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: The House already passed the bill in May, banning bulk collection by the NSA of Americans' phone records. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy says that legislation has too many loopholes, unlike the bipartisan bill he introduced today.

PATRICK LEAHY: This bill ensures that the ban on bulk collection is a real ban on bulk collection - that it's effective.

WELNA: Leahy's bill not only forbids the NSA from storing Americans' calling records as the House bill does. It goes further by sharply limiting the terms used to search data. Broad search terms such as states, zip codes or Internet service providers would not be allowed. Companies could disclose more frequently that they've been forced to turn over information. And a panel of outside civil liberties advocates would be added to the secret court overseeing such surveillance. Leahy admits it's only a start.

LEAHY: We could spend the next 20 years waiting to get 1,000 percent of everything we need. I'd like to get most of what we need and then work on the rest.

WELNA: Senate liberals have joined forces with GOP libertarians such as Utah's Mike Lee, who co-sponsored the bill.

SENATOR MIKE LEE: This is an issue that is neither Republican nor Democratic. It is neither liberal or conservative. It is simply American.

WELNA: The White House also backs the Senate bill. Still, passing it and then reconciling it with the house could take months. David Welna, NPR News, the capital. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.