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How Does Destroying Fish Compare To Shredding Documents, Legally?

A Supreme Court case argued Wednesday is about obstruction of justice — and fish. The prosecution says the law used to convict its client only bars document destruction. The justices aren't so sure.

Climate Change Activists Come Up Short In Midterm Elections

Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire, spent tens of millions of dollars in the midterms, mostly in seven senate and gubernatorial races. Most of his candidates lost, as will — presumably --one of his Steyer's key ambitions: major action on climate change.

Obama, GOP Speak Of Cooperation In New Congress

Republicans won a wave election on Tuesday night, taking control of the Senate and picking up seats in the House as well as key governor's races. Now they set about the task of governing.

What Will Congress Do With A Republican Majority?

President Obama is facing the last two years of his presidency with a Republican Senate. What does that mean his policies, his approach and the prospects for getting anything done?

Midterm Elections Impact Immigration Debate's Future

Immigration reform has risen to the top of the list of priorities for many Latino voters, who are now wondering what a Republican-controlled Congress means for the immigration reform debate.

Republicans Pick Up Governor's Races In Otherwise Blue States

Republicans stunned in several governor's races, winning in a number of reliably Democratic states.

How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place; $1,800 at another.

Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

California's high-security Corcoran prison is home to a dairy that provides milk to almost every prison in the state system. For inmates who staff it, it's more than a job: It's a refuge and a future.

'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire on the political scene.

Obama Cites 'A Moment For Reflection' In Election Results

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says he's not "mopey" over the trouncing Democrats endured, saying he's energized.