Hollings

Russia is allowing former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to remain in the country for at least three more years.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow on Thursday, attorney Anatoly Kucherena said Snowden's application had been approved Aug. 1.

If you remember, Snowden has been in exile for a little more than a year. He fled the United States when he decided to leak a cache of classified documents that revealed some of the United States' most deeply held security secrets.

Some doctors in the state of California will soon be able to practice after three years of medical school instead of the traditional four. The American Medical Association is providing seed money for the effort in the form of a $1 million, five-year grant to the University of California at Davis.

Student Ngabo Nzigira is in his sixth week of medical school and he's already interacting with patients during training with a doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento.

Insects can be a great source of protein, and in many parts of the world, people gobble them up.

But here in the U.S., a certain "ick factor" has kept consumers from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To combat the ickiness and convert skeptical consumers, bug-food advocates are trying a specific marketing tactic: be clever and cute.

Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success.

"Play by the rules, work hard, apply yourself and do well in school, and that will open doors for you," is how Karl Alexander, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist, puts it.

But a study published in June suggests that the things that really make the difference — between prison and college, success and failure, sometimes even life and death — are money and family.

Stefan Daniel says he has no control over the multiple sclerosis that is short-circuiting his body.

The disease, which attacks the nervous system, has forced the 51-year-old German psychologist to give up his career and most hobbies, including running and photography.

He spends his days in an electric wheelchair and rarely ventures out of his Berlin apartment.

"It's so difficult for me to open the door," he laments.

A panel of three federal judges heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases Wednesday. The cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee "pit states' rights and traditional, conservative values against what plaintiffs' attorneys say is a fundamental right to marry under the U.S. Constitution," The Associated Press writes.

Ann Thompson of member station WVXU in Cincinnati summed up the arguments for our Newscast Desk:

Bank of America and the Justice department are "close" to finalizing a settlement of $16 billion to $17 billion over allegations of mortgage-related abuses.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the outlines of a deal, which was then confirmed to NPR by a source familiar with the talks.

A final announcement may come next week or later, NPR's Jim Zarroli reports for our Newscast Desk.

In a news conference Wednesday that was largely about international relations and trade, President Obama also addressed the limits of his own authority at home.

"I never have a green light," Obama said. "I'm bound by the Constitution; I'm bound by the separation of powers."

Sure, there's plenty you can do with leftovers: foist them on your office mates or turn them into casserole.

But if you're a big food waste generator like a hospital or a supermarket, your scraps usually go to the landfill to rot.

In Massachusetts, that's about to change, as the state prepares to implement the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S.

Sure, money can't buy you love, but it's hard to imagine that winning rewards won't make us happy.

It does, researchers say, but only if our immediate expectations aren't bigger than the size of the payoff. Disappointment squelches happiness.

"Your happiness increases only if you do better than you expected," says Robb Rutledge, a neuroscientist and senior research associate at University College London. "Just having a bigger salary isn't enough to make you happy."

Pages

News and Features from APM and PRI

A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York points to the 2017 tax overhaul as one reason sales of new homes declined sharply last year. The New York Fed pointed to the cap on the mortgage interest deduction and the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction as factors in slowing down home sales, especially when it came to sales in higher price brackets.

Hernando Colón, the illegitimate son of Italian colonizer Christopher Columbus, had an obsession with books. Colón traveled the world to attempt an ambitious dream: to collect and store all of the world's books in one library. Summaries of the volumes he gathered were distilled in the "Libro de los Epítomes," or "The Book of Epitomes" — that repository had been lost to history for centuries.

BlackRock — the huge New York-based investment firm — today came in with some quite good financial results for the first quarter of 2019. At least, the numbers are good when you consider what was going on as the year started. With markets tanking at that time and a prolonged government shutdown, Wall Street forecasters were expecting a big decline in revenues and profits compared to the same quarter last year. Instead, BlackRock’s profits fell just slightly, as did its revenue. Meanwhile, its total assets under management actually rose by 3%, to $6.5 trillion.

What are the most common Boeing Max routes?

4 hours ago

Chances are you won’t be traveling on a Boeing 737 Max during your summer vacation travels.

American Airlines announced it will cancel 737 Max flights through Aug. 19, while Southwest Airlines is cancelling 737 Max flights until Aug. 5. United is cancelling them through early July. The delays come after suspicions that Boeing 737 Max’s anti-stall software was involved in the deadly Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.

Summer travel might be more hectic this year

5 hours ago

Chances are you won’t be traveling on a Boeing 737 Max during your summer vacation. Southwest, American and United airlines have canceled their flights with the plane through summer. For airline schedulers, the year's busiest season is going to get even more complicated. Plus, a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found the 2017 tax overhaul may have caused a decline in new home sales last year. We'll look into it and play you a first-person account of addiction from this season of The Uncertain Hour.

More...

RMK 40

Roots Musik Karamu Turns 40!

Roots Musik Karamu (RMK) broadcast its first show on April 21, 1979. Celebrate 40 years with a special edition of the show, Saturday night at 10 on our News & Music Stations!

Get weekly program highlights via e-mail.

Walter Edgar's Journal

Walter Edgar's Journal delves into the arts, culture, history of South Carolina and the American South. All Stations: Fri at noon | News & Talk Stations: Sun at 4pm

SCoop

Submit any questions or interesting things you've noticed about South Carolina.

Winning ideas will be developed into a full story and shared on our website with an attribution to you!

On The South Carolina Business Review, Mike Switzer, focuses on news from the state's business community with interviews of small business owners and business leaders …

The South Carolina Lede

Gavin Jackson and guests break down state political news and go inside the legislative happenings that could affect you, your family, and your pocketbook.

SC Public Radio and SCETV Content Whenever, Wherever You Want it