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Cities

Los Angeles kids finally get a breath of fresh air

L.A. air pollution is down, and L.A. kids' lung capacity is up. Fancy that!

Living

Sometimes we are all this octopus climbing up the walls

Watch this intrepid mollusk make a break for it at the Seattle Aquarium. Hang in there, you tentacled monster from the deep!

Living

Do I need to flush every time?

A reader's spouse is upset by the "if it's yellow, let it mellow" policy. Umbra says hold it right there.

Business & Technology

Walmart’s new green product label is the most misleading yet

The “Sustainability Leaders” badge is getting great press, but even Walmart admits that it doesn't mean products are eco-friendly.

Business & Technology

The secret history of the taxi wars

The regulation fights didn't start with Uber. Meet the movers and shakers of the last 100-plus years.

Cities

In Ferguson, walking while black was a crime

A new Justice Department report finds that Michael Brown's death was part of a pattern of racial discrimination and harassment of African Americans.

Climate & Energy

Why “you drive a car” is not a good rebuttal to calls for climate action

Conservatives' silly "gotcha" argument falls flat on its face.

Climate & Energy

Oklahoma scientists pressured to downplay link between earthquakes and fracking

Oil company execs and university bigwigs leaned on the Oklahoma Geological Survey so it wouldn’t blame quakes on fracking techniques.

Food

McDonald’s stops buying chicken with antibiotics. Here’s why that matters

The fast food giant is throwing its considerable weight into the battle against antibiotic resistance.