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Groupers are displayed in the fresh fish pavilion in 2010 at Rungis international food market near Paris, France.

The Supreme Court Takes Up The Case Of The Missing Fish

Usually when a fisherman tells a fish story, he makes the fish as big as he can carry. But on Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case about a fisherman convicted of deep-sixing some fish altogether so no one could accurately check their size.

The question before the justices is whether his conviction, based on a law passed after a scandal that destroyed energy firm Enron and resulted in criminal convictions for accounting firm Arthur Andersen, should get the hook.

<strong>Some things actually are surprising: </strong>Taylor Swift, performing on ABC's <em>Good Morning America</em> in New York City on Oct. 30, sold over a million copies of her new album, <em>1989, </em>in its first week.

Taylor Swift, Platinum Party Of One

Last night, Nielsen SoundScan announced that Taylor Swift sold 1.287 million copies of her new album, 1989 in its first week of release. This would be impressive in any year, but in a year like this, you could call it a miracle. So far in 2014, only one album has sold more than a million copies: the soundtrack to the movie Frozen, which actually came out in 2013. No other album released in 2014 has sold one million copies, all year long. So it's not just that Taylor Swift is doing big numbers. She's doing big numbers at a time when no one else is doing big numbers.

Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Karlos Dansby celebrates during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17.

Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

Every election suggests change, so given all the scandals involving football, now's an appropriate time to envision what reforms might be forced upon the sport. Well, I'll tell you: It's tough to mess with football.

Now, to begin with, from hindsight, it was probably misleading to call baseball "the national pastime." The claim was, essentially, based almost entirely on the fact that baseball was the only team sport that boasted a professional presence. The World Series was our World Cup and the Olympics rolled into one.

Bob Edwards was the host of <em>Morning Edition</em> from its inception, in 1979, until 2004.

'Morning Edition' Celebrates 35 Years With A Trip Down Memory Lane

On this day in 1979, Morning Edition broadcast its first show, bringing a new style of storytelling to the early drive-time airwaves.

A young boy suspected of having Ebola lies in a back alley of the West Point slum in Liberia. Research suggests that the story of one needy individual motivates charitable donors more than statistics about millions of sufferers.

Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Why do people sometimes give generously to a cause — and other times give nothing at all?

That's a timely question, because humanitarian groups fighting the Ebola outbreak need donations from people in rich countries. But some groups say they're getting less money than they'd expect from donors despite all the news.

One proposed solution for New England's energy price spike problem: Importing more liquefied natural gas and feeding it into the pipeline network on the other side of the region's bottleneck.

New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

When Don Sage of Concord, N.H., learned his electric bill could rise by as much as $40 a month he got flustered. He and his wife make do on a bit less than $30,000 a year in Social Security payments, and they pay close attention to their electric bills.

"When the invoice comes in the mail to get paid, I have a target amount that we can fluctuate up or down, based on our fixed budget," Sage says. "They don't need my permission to hike up their rates, but the fact is we're the ones that are paying these increases."

Attorney General Eric Holder listens to Rep. Darryl Issa, R-Calif., on video screen, while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.

Newly Released 'Fast And Furious' Documents Include A Slam On Issa

The Department of Justice released more than 64,000 pages of documents related to its Operation Fast and Furious Monday night, in a move Republicans are calling both a data dump and a victory. The Obama administration had withheld the records, citing executive privilege.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott stops by a Republican call center to rally campaign workers on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla. Scott has narrowly beaten Charlie Crist, NPR projects.

Governors' Races: Incumbent Scott Beats Crist In Florida

Gov. Rick Scott will hold on to his job in Florida, NPR projects, as the Republican narrowly defeats Charlie Crist, the former GOP governor who was running as a Democrat.

Update at 11:30 p.m. ET: Georgia Re-Elects Deal

Gov. Nathan Deal has won re-election, NPR projects, defeating Democrat Jason Carter.

Update at 10:50 p.m. ET: Walker Wins In Wisconsin

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has won re-election, defeating Democrat Mary Burke.

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Early results showed more than a 2-1 lead for a measure to make recreational marijuana use legal in Washington, D.C. A sign promoting the initiative is seen on a corner in the Adams Morgan neighborhood Tuesday.

Marijuana On The Ballot: D.C. Votes To Legalize; Florida Says No

Voters in Washington, D.C., have approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Supporters of the D.C. marijuana measure had a 65-29.5 percent lead as of 9:09 p.m. ET, with 20,727 voting in favor. We'll update this post as more results come in. You can also follow our special coverage at NPR's Election Party.

Update at 10:45 p.m. ET: Florida Measure Fails

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell arrives at his midterm election night rally with his wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, in Louisville. McConnell, who won re-election, stands to become the next Senate majority leader.

Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress won re-election, as Sen. Mitch McConnell coasted to a win in Kentucky.

McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.