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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's "acutely aware" of longer wait times at airports, and now he's boosting staffing at checkpoints, hoping to avoid even longer wait times that had been projected for this summer.

The move comes after officials predicted "long waits in epic lines," as NPR's Marilyn Geewax reported in March.

With Trump the nominee, where will big donors go?

May 4, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

With Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee, there’s a big question about where the Republican establishment and Trump’s former opponents are planning on putting their support. Lean in for the party? Put up a third party choice?  Phone it in?

Behind this question is a more brass tacks issue: Where is the big Republican money going? 

In general, the largest donors are not trying to buy access.

A machine to save the world

May 4, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

They said it couldn't be done: Nuclear fusion. We visit scientists building a clean power plant that's hotter than the sun — but can they ever deliver? Then: the strange world of cold fusion, the people who hate it and the billionaires betting on it.

How to think like a computer

May 4, 2016

If you're looking for a parking spot but the lot seems mostly full, your best bet, says computer scientist Brian Christian, is to "take anything starting 69 spots away" from the front of the store.

Christian is the co-author of the book "Algorithms to Live by: The Computer Science of Human Decisions." In it, he explores how the algorithms used in our machines can be used to help organize our everyday lives, from navigating crowded parking lots to finding a spouse. 

How the AP calls political races

May 4, 2016

After voters head to the polls and cast a ballot in a primary or a presidential election, somebody has to name the winner. And that somebody is generally not some official governmental agency or commission, but the media — often the Associated Press.

Click the player above to hear how races are called. 

Riverboats have been a big thing in Europe for a long time, but have not had much of a presence in the U.S. since the 1800s. Back then, they were an important form of transportation up and down the Mississippi River.

The lack of an American industry is partly because of the Jones Act, an old maritime law that requires domestic ships hire only American workers — making riverboat cruises more expensive than most Caribbean ones. But these days, more people are willing to pay the price for a leisurely tour of the Mississippi.

To visualize climate change, think about water

May 4, 2016
JaeRan Kim

With record-breaking drought in the West juxtaposed against deadly flooding in Houston, the water cycle seems to be acting strangely. A new report out by the World Bank says water uncertainty is likely to extend into the future as a result of climate change.

If you've been having trouble getting your uncle or former college roommate to understand how climate change would affect them, you might find water availability to resonate more than atmospheric carbon or starving polar bears.

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We all know about the lumbering, old American cars on the roads in Cuba. But right now, it's very fast cars and motorcycles getting the attention. The latest installment of the enormously successful Fast and Furious franchise is shooting in Havana.

As heroin and opioid addictions continue to spread among middle-class communities, families who never thought they’d face this problem are finding out one simple truth — treating someone for an addiction can be really, really costly. And some are turning to the time-honored method of the community fundraiser.

Andy Uhler

European officials met Wednesday morning, tentatively agreeing that Turks should be allowed to travel in much of Europe without a visa. 

In March, Turkey agreed to help stop migrants crossing the Aegean Sea into Europe. The European Union had agreed to give Turkey €6 billion. Eric Schwartz, dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, said Turkey was in a strong bargaining position.

Cutting prison hepatitis C rates: costly, but worth it?

May 4, 2016

At the prison hospital inside the California Men’s Colony near San Luis Obispo, 75-year-old Floyd Masterson is waiting to pick up some medication. He carries a walking stick in one hand and a pink appointment slip in the other. Like the rest of the inmates around him, he’s dressed in a dark blue prison uniform. He has something else in common with many prisoners: hepatitis C. The disease affects about 1 percent of the country’s population as a whole, but 17 percent of those in prison.

Full interview: Vimeo CEO on helping creators

May 4, 2016
Bruce Johnson

The video-sharing company Vimeo bought a service this week called VHX, which may help creators on its service sell more of their content.  

“Now any creator can essentially launch their own version of Netflix," said Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor. "[It's] a premium ad-free channel of their own videos at any price they wish, launched anywhere in the world, consumable on any device.”

Sally Herships

Electric car company Tesla is gearing up to report its first-quarter results on Wednesday.