Bob Skierski at the beach in Avalon, N.J., just hours before he fell ill and went to the hospital. He never went home. Courtesy of Jennifer Rodgers hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It

While at the hospital for a blocked artery in his abdomen, Bob Skierski developed an infection that turned into a life-threatening condition called septic shock. It's a deadly combination of infection and inflammation striking more than 1 million Americans every year. Doctors can treat the symptoms of sepsis, but they still can't treat the underlying problem.

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Under a new global structure, McDonald's is grouping markets in Germany where a new McDonald's Flagship Restaurant opened in March, with other high-performing countries such as Australia and Canada. Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

McDonald's CEO Promises 'Modern, Progressive Burger Company'

"The reality is, our recent performance has been poor," McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a video released Monday.

Can candidates courting billionaires count as corruption, even if there are no explicit strings attached? Some activists see the campaign contributions of the super-rich as a problem, regardless of whether "quid pro quo" deals are made. Here, activists protest the political influence of the wealthy Koch Brothers near David Koch's Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2014. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Under narrow definitions, candidates courting billionaires to fuel their White House bids doesn't qualify as corruption. But some activists, on the left and the right, argue that it should.

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US Air Force V-22 Osprey aircrafts arrive at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sunday. Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main airport Sunday to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following the massive earthquake. Niranjan Shrestha/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

U.S. Marines Arrive In Nepal To Aid Earthquake Victims

Western countries complained that Nepal's bureaucracy was keeping goods at warehouses. The Marines come with MV-22 Osprey aircraft, which should make reaching remote areas easier.

Much of the Netherlands is below sea level, including Amsterdam. The environmental group Urgenda argues that any rise in the sea level could have a huge impact on the country. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

A Novel Dutch Lawsuit Demands Government Cut Carbon Emissions

An environmental group is behind the class-action suit that says the government is not doing enough to protect citizens. A ruling in the closely watched case is expected next month.

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Every spring, local residents have stage a play based on To Kill a Mockingbird in this courthouse in Monroeville, Ala. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Books

A Town Divided Over The Next Chapter Of An Iconic Harper Lee Book

There's plenty of speculation about whether the octogenarian author really intended to release the manuscript, discovered by her lawyer last year.

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