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At Yume Wo Katare, eating ramen is treated as a path to personal fulfillment.

Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.

But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called Yume Wo Katare that serves more than just ramen.

There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. But that's exactly what happens at Yume Wo Katare.

"Everyone, he did a good job!"

Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers.

How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

Anybody who has ever seen a drug advertisement or talked over the pros and cons of a medicine with a doctor can be forgiven for being confused.

Sorting out the risks and benefits of taking a medicine can be complicated even for professionals.

An official assists a voter at a polling station inside Fort Garrison Elementary School in Pikesville, Md., on primary day, June 24. As in many states this primary election season, turnout was low in Maryland.

As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.

In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.

Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Less than 15 percent of eligible citizens cast ballots in the 25 states that have held statewide primaries this year, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate.

Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

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For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria

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Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras met with President Obama at the White House Friday, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions to the crisis.

Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient

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In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line

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Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want?

Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris is in Gaza, and she speaks to Audie Cornish about both sides' demands.

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Men — it's time to take a hard look at your pant size. Many American men buy pants that are too small.

The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches

When my colleague Viet Le started writing about his struggle to find clothing that fits him as an "extra-small" man in a world that idolizes "big and tall," I was intrigued — and a bit confused.

Viet has never struck me as an especially small guy. At 5 feet 6 inches tall and 128 pounds, is he really that far out of the mainstream?

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