Hurricane Arthur is dampening the July Fourth weekend along the eastern seaboard. It's the earliest hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since records began in the mid-19th century.
For five years running, 100 percent of the graduating seniors at Urban Prep Academies have won admission to four-year colleges. The schools work to promote positive examples of black masculinity.
Regulators and railroads have implemented new practices since a runaway oil train destroyed the center of a small Canadian town a year ago. One key improvement, however, will take some time.
Journalist Daniel Estrin reports that dozens of Palestinians and Israeli police were injured in clashes in Jerusalem after the funeral for a Palestinian teenager.
For "This Week's Must-Read" poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips turns to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the man who first heard America singing.
For All Things Considered's series on men in America, we asked you to tell us about the objects that make you feel manly. Answers ranged from handkerchiefs and boxing gloves to typewriters and tools.
Swearing-in ceremonies for new citizens are traditional on Independence Day in America. What does U.S. citizenship mean to those who choose to naturalize?
There's a new challenge to teacher tenure laws in New York. Almost a dozen students -- and their parents -- have filed suit against the city of New York and New York state, along with state and local departments of education.
They argue it's gotten too hard to fire poorly performing teachers and that New York tenure laws violate the state constitution.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of another challenge to tenure laws, in California. In that case, an LA judge said tenure laws, "have deprived students of the quality education they're entitled to."
Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., devoured 61 hot dogs and buns in the allotted 10 minutes. Miki Sudo, who ate 34 franks and buns in the allotted time, won the women's competition.
The days of waiting in line at your local McDonald's could be over soon.
The fast food chain started a pilot program for an order-ahead app in a limited number of stores around the Columbus, Georgia area -- not to be confused with the "McD App," which offers coupons and loyalty offers in test markets elsewhere in the nation.
"You download it, you place your order, and when you get to the restaurant, you scan in your phone, and at that point the kitchen starts to fire up your meal," says Bloomberg Business reporter Venessa Wong, who adds that the new app is part of an initiative to make things more convenient for customers.
The new app targets the young, tech-savvy customer whose life is, inevitably, tied to his or her smartphone.
"Being able to reach your customers and push out promotions to them on their phone is actually quite valuable," said Wong.
What may be convenient for the customer, however, may be less convenient for the restaurant itself as it may struggle to keep up with the increased speed at which orders are coming in.
"The point is to improve speed and improve service," she said, "but when you have orders coming in from a new and separate stream, the kitchen has to adapt to that."