The agreement by the budget committee chairs is no grand bargain. It's more like a mini-bargain.
Roughly 264,000 people signed up for private insurance coverage last month through the federal and state exchanges, according to data from the Health and Human Services Department.
Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of microbes living in the gut, scientists report Wednesday in the journal Nature.
The change happens quickly. Within two days, the types of microbes thriving in the gut shuffle around.
The U.S. government suspended all nonlethal aid to the Western-backed military wing of the Syrian opposition.
The suspension, which was announced Wednesday, began on the weekend after the aid was seized by Islamist rebel groups.
NPR's Deborah Amos, who is in Beirut, filed this story for our Newscast unit:
"The U.S. has cut off the Supreme Military Council indefinitely, according to a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Turkey.
Victoria Nuland's sharp words followed Tuesday's crackdown at the square.
There always seems be some shame in having breakfast for dinner.
Human rights advocates rallied in front of the Mexican consulate in Seattle on Tuesday on behalf of a Renton woman being held in a Mexican prison.
Nestora Salgado, who was the commander of a community police force, was arrested in the Mexican state of Guerrero in August and charged with kidnapping. Her family in the Seattle area say the charges are trumped up in retaliation for her efforts to combat corruption in Mexico.
People fighting hunger in the developing world have noticed a troubling mystery: malnourished children sometimes fail to get healthier even when given a lot of extra nutrients.
The key to helping them may be to focus on the kids, but on their cows, according to a team led by a University of Washington professor.
Some residents in the Olympia area are concerned about dredged materials being disposed of in the Puget Sound. They say the Department of Natural Resources is failing to protect underwater ecology at the same time that state and federal governments are spending millions on cleanup.
If you're shopping for a cook the chances are that he or she already has at least some of the items pictured above -- but maybe not all. This Food for Thought is all about (somewhat) cheap stuff to give cooks.