U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russia interfered with the 2016 election, specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, The Washington Post first reported on Friday. In addition to hacking into Democratic organizations, Russians hacked the Republican National Committee's computer systems, according to a separate report from The New York Times — but they did not release any information that might have been retrieved from Republican networks. "Intelligence agencies have...

Bacteria are way smarter than we give them credit for. No, I'm not talking about "brain smarts." Bacteria don't have neurons. I'm referring to "chemical smarts": the ability to make, break down or gobble up whatever compound they want. Even if they've never been exposed to it before. Scientists have found a superbug — hidden 1,000 feet underground in a cave — which is resistant to 70 percent of antibiotics and can totally inactivate many of them. But here's the kicker. This bacterium has been...

"Today I'm 50 years old and when I heard your story on the radio I did the unexpected, I cried." That's Scott Walker of Portland, Ore., writing to us about our series last week on dyslexia. "I know that must sound ridiculous but, after 50 years of fighting my fight there was someone else that really understood." Walker says he felt a sense of belonging as he listened to Gabrielle Emanuel's piece on All Things Considered . And he wasn't alone. On Twitter, on Facebook and in our email inboxes...

When Cindy Hunter received her Medicare card in the mail last spring, she said she "didn't know a lot about Medicare." She and her husband, retired teachers who live in a Philadelphia suburb, decided she didn't need it because she shared his retiree health insurance, which covered her treatment for ovarian cancer. "We were so thankful we had good insurance," she said. So she sent back the card, telling officials she would keep Medicare Part A , which is free for most older or disabled...

With three weeks left, the reality of the past year is starting to sink in. Racial conflict showed up in all corners of the news the past week. Electoral racism The election may be over, but the trauma lives on. Asma Khalid has been covering the presidential campaign since Marco Rubio's boots were scandalworthy . Along the way, she heard emotional stories from America's heartland about voters' aspirations and fears. She was also routinely questioned, threatened and berated for being a Muslim...

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