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The Evergreen Teachers' Union announced Monday that it has reached a tentative contract agreement with Washington’s fifth largest school district.

“Our resolve has paid off!” the Evergreen Education Association noted in a Facebook post early Monday.

Treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions is about to get a little cheaper.

Mylan, the maker of the EpiPen, said Monday that it will launch a generic version of the device for half the price of the brand-name product.

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Sonia Rykiel, the influential French designer who helped shape the contemporary woman's wardrobe, died Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The pioneering Rykiel was a fixture in the industry for half a century, launching her own fashion house in 1968 buoyed by the Swinging Sixties craze in London and the emerging feminist movement across the globe.

Her sophisticated laid-back chic, iconic bright stripes, fluid fabrics and easy-to-wear yet feminine style came to typify a new generation of liberated women.

Writer Porter Fox recently caught his first glimpse of Lake Superior from the deck of a 740-foot-long freighter loaded with iron ore.

He managed to hitch a ride on one of the freighters that haul goods throughout the Great Lakes, along the roughly 2,000-mile-long Saint Lawrence Seaway.

He took the trip for a book he's working on about the swath of land and water around the border between Canada and the United States. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Fox, who spent time on the ship Algoma Equinox.

Click on the audio player above to hear their conversation.

Today's Morning Edition music is from "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by the Bee Gees.

It was No. 1 in the U.S.on this date in 1971. It was the first No. 1 hit in America for the three brothers who made up the group: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb.

They had two distinct eras of mega success. This song came from early in their career on the pop charts. They would later gain even greater success with several hits in the disco era of the late '70s and early '80s.

Brazil's suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, faced her country's Senate on Monday, making one last case for herself as her impeachment trial nears its end.

"I have honored my commitments to democracy and the rule of law," she told the senators, according to a BBC interpreter. "I am going to look in your eyes and I will say with the serenity of someone who has nothing to hide that I haven't committed any crimes."

Rafaela Rodriguez moved to Canarsie, Brooklyn nearly a decade ago because her common-law husband liked it out there — especially the airplanes that would land and takeoff from neaerby JFK airport. 

"He'd sit down and watch," she said. "Oh he used to love that." 

Two recent reports about maternal health in Texas had the same conclusion: pregnancy-related deaths are on the rise.

No one really knows why, though. Researchers outside of Texas are stumped and even a state task force looking into maternal mortality doesn’t have definitive answers.


The Vikings' 23-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday counts for absolutely nothing in terms of pro football statistics. But it does count in the annals of Twin Cities sports history: It was the first NFL game played at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The $1.1 billion building made its official debut with a European soccer match Aug. 3. There was also an open house in July.

But Carrie Mortrud of Cottage Grove would have none of that. A 20-year Vikings season ticketholder, she wanted her first experience at the stadium to be a football game.

A crime lab in Brussels has been set on fire in what prosecutors describe as an apparent attempt to destroy evidence.

Around 2 a.m. local time, the perpetrators reportedly rammed a car through barricades at Belgium's national crime institute and then set fire to a lab, Teri Shultz reports for NPR from Brussels.

Five people have been detained in connection with the attack, says Ine Van Wymersch, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor's office. "This location was not chosen by accident," she says.

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A suicide bombing in Yemen has killed at least 54 people in the southern city of Aden, The Associated Press reports, citing Yemen's health ministry.

Earlier the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, posted on Twitter that one of their hospitals had received 45 wounded and was treating another 60-some wounded.

The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State, NPR's Alison Meuse reports, and an ISIS-affiliated news outlet says the bombing targeted an army recruitment center.

Every time the weather changes, the City of Austin either makes money or takes a hit to its bottom line. That’s because Austin owns its own water and electric utilities. Their revenue is tied to what it’s like outside, and the weather this year has upset a lot of expectations.


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