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If you're drinking tap water, you're consuming plastic pollutants

Microscopic plastic fibers are pouring out of household faucets from New York to Delhi, according to original research by Orb Media, a nonprofit digital newsroom in Washington, DC.<p>Working with researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Minnesota, Orb tested 159 drinking …

Her newborn kept getting sick because she was ingesting placenta, CDC says

The baby was born healthy and without complication in September, but then its health began to deteriorate rapidly.<p>Doctors — scrambling to uncover the cause of the infant’s respiratory distress — transferred the baby to the neonatal intensive care unit and began a series of tests, according to a …

Video shows what your baby can see in its first 12 months

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through your baby’s eyes?<p>Blurry is the answer – if they’re newborn.<p>However by the age of 12 months, …

Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

One of the most stressful questions a new parent confronts is, "Who's going to take care of my baby when I go back to work?"<p>Figuring out the answer to that question is often not easy. When NPR, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, surveyed …

Child Care

On the Potomac, Change Comes to Alexandria’s Old Town

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Near the Potomac River, blocks of Federal-style townhouses and commercial buildings still stand in this 267-year-old city. Alexandria’s Old Town district looks much as it did in the 19th century, though some modern touches have come gradually.<p>Fitzgerald’s Warehouse, which recalls …

The Colorful History of Washington’s Cherry Blossoms

WASHINGTON, D.C.<p>The inside story of how America found itself with Japanese trees.<p>Cherry blossom trees are as much part of America’s capital as the marble facades, high-end cupcakes, and clean angular streets. And this time of year, their pink flowers—and the crowds they attract—are impossible to …

The Easy Way to Make Your Retirement Savings Last

You can make your nest egg last for decades with as few as two index funds<p>It’s one of the most daunting financial challenges you’ll ever face: …

Something strange is happening in housing

My wife and I recently looked at homes around Washington D.C. We were shocked. Prices in many D.C. suburbs are 30% to 50% higher than they were five years ago. We visited Seattle over Christmas and found the same: Prices are up anywhere from 30% to 70% since 2009.<p>D.C. and Seattle are big, wealthy, …

Housing

'Babies? An impossible dream': the millennials priced out of parenthood

Has the recession created a generation too insecure to have children? Meet the people trapped in financial adolescence<p>Which rites of passage make an adult? Is it being able to live independently, without parental support? Having a stable career? Being married or making a lifelong commitment? Owning …

Chris Wallace Stands Up To Donald Trump, Won't Let Him Phone In

Going off script with the "Fox News Sunday" host.<p>Chris Wallace isn't interested in talking points.<p>"The one thing the Sunday shows still do that stands out is that we are the one place that you have long, in-depth, well-researched, probing interviews," Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” said in …

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

By September 22, 2015<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do …

Quora

Jeb Bush would wipe out the FCC's net neutrality rules if elected president

If Jeb Bush eventually overcomes Donald Trump, secures the GOP's presidential nomination, and gets elected, the FCC's still-young net neutrality rules could be eradicated. Today, Bush issued a promise for regulatory reform, pointing to a "regulatory crisis in Washington" under the Obama …

Net Neutrality

How Taking Off In An RV Saved This CEO’s Sanity–And His Business

Joel Holland worried his wanderlust would undo his business. Instead, it transformed it.<p>It was 2013, and Joel Holland should have been happy.<p>Holland had friends, a girlfriend, and was living the entrepreneur’s dream: his stock footage company, VideoBlocks, was profitable and doing $10 million in …

25 Books Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Other Top CEOs Recommend

Here are 25 books recommended by some of the top CEOs in the world to kick off your reading list.<p>Successful CEOs never stop learning. Personal growth is almost as important as hard work in building a winning business. Many entrepreneurs accomplish this through workshops, conferences, and even a few …

Why I'm a 'Makeup Tax' Dodger, and You Should Be Too

<i>This post was originally published by</i> Waging Nonviolence.<p>About ten years ago, a friend and I went to the Clinique counter at Saks Fifth Avenue for makeovers. We thought it would be fun. On the way, I rehearsed my answer to what I imagined would be the makeup artist's first question: "How do you …

This Week on 'Re/code Decode': CEO Jonah Peretti Explains How BuzzFeed Won the Internet (Updated)

Peter Kafka found out that the site is neck-and-neck with Snapchat and Facebook in terms of where people are reading BuzzFeed content.<p>There isn’t really anyone who has been experimenting with virality on the Internet as long as Jonah Peretti.<p>You were probably momentarily flummoxed by his early …

Social Media

The amazing significance of what a mother-to-be eats

<b>New research reveals the extraordinary impact that your mother's diet at the time of your conception has on the rest of your life, writes Michael Mosley.</b><p>A couple of months ago, I found myself in a small village in Keneba, in The Gambia, chatting to a perky 90-year-old, Karamo Touray, surrounded by …

Pregnancy

Silicon Valley billionaires are appalled by normal schools — so they've created this new one

Kids take attendance on an iPad, complete a "playlist" of activities, and learn 3D modeling software to design a playhouse for the class pet.<p>Founder and CEO Max Ventilla previously helmed the personalization team at Google, where he helped build Google+ and other products that make the internet …

Online Education

Here's what Google's superstar women left to do

Google has produced some of Silicon Valley’s top female leaders, some of whom have graced <i>Fortune’s</i> list of Most Powerful Women in Business over the …

Secondhand Clothing Marketplace thredUP Raises $81M Series E Led By GSIP

Sometimes ordering secondhand clothing online is a little sketchy. Is this shirt going to smell awful? Will there be inexplicable stains?<p>ThredUP, a marketplace for used apparel, is hoping to offer consumers a more premium experience by individually vetting each item of used clothing sold through …

The $2.5 billion high school

My high school was like a bootcamp for entrepreneurs.<p>Chieh Huang, Matt Salzberg, and Ken Chen graduated just a few years before me. They're the co-founders of Boxed, Blue Apron, and Nature Box -- three startups with a combined valuation of more than $2 billion.<p>This wasn't a prep school, and it …

High School

An ER Doctor's 5 Fast Home Remedies

<i>photo credit: monkeybusinessimages/thinkstock</i><p>"What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for," goes an old proverb. Sore throat? Whiskey and honey. Arthritis acting up? Whiskey and raisins. To some, it's the original multi-tasking remedy.<p>In my own home, I don't raid the bar (well, at least I …

Home Remedies

Sen. Dianne Feinstein opens up about women in politics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has some advice for women interested in politics: Don't get too big for your britches.<p>"Start locally," the Democrat said, warning, "don't think you can just jump into a federal race with no experience."<p>"If you want to run, run. For a school board, run for the city council. Get …

What I’m Reading: Fast Company Tech Editor Harry McCracken

<i>Fast Company has a particular beat: the business of big ideas. Whatever the space—tech, design or commerce—Fast Co.’s team of writers and editors know how to “best chronicle how changing companies create and compete.”</i><p><i>One of the people responsible for investigating innovative tech companies at Fast</i> …

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Pride, relief after childhood friends from Sacramento thwart European train attack

Three childhood friends from the Sacramento area were hailed as international heroes Saturday after thwarting a gunman armed with an assault rifle …

Obama phones wounded train 'hero,' hails his courage

Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone, the first of three Americans to rush and subdue an armed gunman on a Paris-bound train, was released from the hospital Saturday and received a call from President Obama praising his courage and heroism.<p>The president also phoned the other two Americans, all …

Swelter for hours in line to eat at the acclaimed Rose’s Luxury? People do it every day.

The middle-aged couple at the front of the line smile for their selfie. They hold up their index fingers. We’re number one!<p>It is just after 3 p.m. on a hot July day at Rose’s Luxury, the Capitol Hill eatery that was proclaimed the country’s best new restaurant by Bon Appétit magazine a year ago. …

Archaeologists Identify Bodies of Lost Leaders of Jamestown

Beneath the church where Pocahontas was married are the graves of the founders of the first permanent British settlement in America.<p>An explorer, a nobleman, a soldier, and a chaplain: four men who might have been forgotten to history had they not been brought together to establish the first …