Four key European allies have broken ranks with the U.S. to join a major new development bank created by China. Germany, France, and Italy today agreed to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Last week, the U.K., one of America's staunchest allies, became the first Western nation to join the new bank.

The Obama administration opposes the AIIB, due to open later this year, and has pressured allies such as South Korea, Japan and Australia not to join the new bank. The administration says there's no need for another international lending institution.

To keep people from getting into trouble with alcohol, it would help to know why they're at risk.

Genes make some people more susceptible to dependence or addiction, while the surroundings exert a stronger pull on others. But it's been devilishly hard for researchers to sort those out. Context — who's drinking where and when with whom — matters a lot.

Add in money and it gets even trickier. And we're not talking about whether you can afford microbrews.

Meet the business exec apologizing to working moms

Katharine Zaleski admits that she used to roll her eyes at career women with children. Now she wants to publicly atone for that attitude.


Activists go up against Drew Faust as Harvard refuses to divest carbon

The Harvard University president, who skipped midterms to march in Selma 50 years ago, is facing activists who see her as representative of university's refusal to get rid of investments in fossil fuels. Says one Harvard student: "The leaders I’m supposed to look up to have 100 percent failed me.''

Suicide rates in the U.S. have gone up considerably in recent years, claiming an average of 36,000 lives annually.

Most people take their lives in or near home. But suicide on the job is also increasing and, according to federal researchers, suicide risk changes depending on the type of work people do.

Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health analyzed census data and compared suicide rates among different occupations.

A federal grand jury in New York has indicted a U.S. Air Force veteran on charges of attempting to join the self-described Islamic State.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was indicted on two counts, including obstruction of justice, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement, adding he will be arraigned Wednesday.

NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast unit that prosecutors say Pugh was born and raised in the U.S., but "turned his back on the country in an attempt to join ISIS," as the Islamic State is also known.

The Center for Popular Music, a unit of Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Mass Communication, has completed a groundbreaking digitization project and launched its new American Vernacular Music Manuscripts website. 

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Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican whose lavish spending has come under heavy scrutiny, has resigned.

NPR's Juana Summers tells our Newscast unit that Schock will resign his House seat at the end of the month.

Here's Schock's statement on his resignation, which was first reported by Politico:

At first glance, it's a typical scene: Two teenage girls lean their heads together engrossed in conversation as they munch on tuna salad on a bagel and fries.

As scholarly buzzkills have long told us, corned beef isn't really Irish. So what to do if you want a taste of the Emerald Isle on St. Patrick's Day? Instead of green, maybe look for yellow — a pat of Irish butter. Although most Americans are familiar with images of Ireland's rolling green hills, few realize that those hills are the secret to a deliciously buttery empire.