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Caretaker President Hopes To Steer The CAR Toward Peace

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The Central African Republic has been unstable for decades, but the explosion of violence after a coup in 2013 was unprecedented — even for a country prone to turmoil and rebellion. The deadly clashes pit the forces of the former Muslim-led government against Christian militia groups in a predominantly Christian country. Before this, the CAR had not known such sectarian tension; Muslims and Christians had lived side-by-side in peace. Now, the newly-elected caretaker president, Catherine Samba-Panza, the first woman to hold the top job in the CAR, must try to restore calm, reconcile her divided country and organize elections next year.
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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

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