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The birds no longer sing. The cows die. And if the people in this northern Myanmar forest complain, they too face the threat of death from militias. This forest is the source of key metallic elements known as rare earths, often called the vitamins of the modern world. Rare earths turn up in everything from hard drives to elevators, and are vital to the fast-growing field of green energy. But an AP investigation found their cost is environmental destruction, the theft of land and the funneling of money to brutal militias. The AP tied rare earths from Myanmar to the supply chains of 78 companies. Nearly all who responded said they took environmental protection and human rights seriously.

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Driving from Boston to Cape Cod on a summer weekend usually means hours spent in traffic. But AP writer Tracee Herbaugh beat the crowds recently by taking the CapeFlyer instead. The train runs between Boston and Hyannis on summer weekends. Herbaugh says it has a relaxed, vacation-ready vibe as it rolls through some pretty scenery. There's a bar car too. The trip takes about three hours and is cheaper than many of the travel alternatives. A Sunday round-trip ticket costs $20, half the usual fare. From Hyannis you can take a bus to other Cape Cod locations.

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Madeleine, left, and Oliver Peacock look out a train window aboard the Cape Flyer, a weekend passenger train to Cape Cod on July 24, 2022. It runs during the weekends of summer until Labor Day, from Boston to Hyannis with a handful of stops in between. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP)

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A weekend passenger train from Boston to Cape Cod appears at the train station in Hannis, Mass., on July 24, 2022. It runs during the 15 weekends of summer until Labor Day. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP)

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For Boston subway riders, it seems every week brings a new tale of transit woe. There have been runaway trains, subway cars belching smoke and fire, fatal accidents, rush hour trains running on weekend schedules and brand-new subway cars pulled from service. The situation has stretched the nerves of riders, prompted a probe by the Federal Transit Administration and worried political leaders. One of the more maddening failures came in June when the MBTA temporarily sidelined all its new Orange and Red Line cars. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says despite the troubles, the vast majority of trips end without drama.

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Commuters wait as a train full of passengers arrives at the South Station Red Line subway stop, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Boston. Boston's public transit system is a mess, harried commuters and officials are increasingly looking to a Chinese-owned subway car manufacturer to account for some of the troubles. There have been fatal accidents, subway car collisions, malfunctioning elevators, and trains running on weekend schedules during rush hour. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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An older Orange Line subway train, right, passes a new Orange Line subway train at the Wellington Station train yard, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Medford, Mass. Boston's public transit system is a mess, harried commuters and officials are increasingly looking to a Chinese-owned subway car manufacturer to account for some of the troubles. There have been fatal accidents, subway car collisions, malfunctioning elevators, and trains running on weekend schedules during rush hour. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Commuters wait as a Red Line subway train arrives at rush hour at the South Station Red Line subway stop, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Boston. Boston's public transit system is a mess, harried commuters and officials are increasingly looking to a Chinese-owned subway car manufacturer to account for some of the troubles. There have been fatal accidents, subway car collisions, malfunctioning elevators, and trains running on weekend schedules during rush hour. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Commuters wait to load as a train of passengers arrives at the South Station Red Line subway stop, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Boston. Boston's public transit system is a mess, harried commuters and officials are increasingly looking to a Chinese-owned subway car manufacturer to account for some of the troubles. There have been fatal accidents, subway car collisions, malfunctioning elevators, and trains running on weekend schedules during rush hour. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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A selection of old and new subway cars are parked at the Orange Line's Wellington Station train yard, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Medford, Mass. Boston's public transit system is a mess, harried commuters and officials are increasingly looking to a Chinese-owned subway car manufacturer to account for some of the troubles. There have been fatal accidents, subway car collisions, malfunctioning elevators, and trains running on weekend schedules during rush hour. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)