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McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India

McDonald's plans to open the first in a series of all-vegetarian restaurants in India next year. But rest assured, in most locations around the world, meat will stay on the menu.
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Conservation Biologist Explains Why 'Feathers' Matter

Thor Hanson's new book looks at the evolutionary significance of feathers in birds. Hanson tells Fresh Air that he's amazed by birds' magnitude of feathers, how feathers grow and how they're the "most efficient insulation known."
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'Children Succeed' With Character, Not Test Scores

Author Paul Tough says parents should focus less on SAT and IQ scores, and more on fostering grit, curiosity and character in their kids. He argues that attachment is important in the first few years, but parents need to know when to step back and let their kids learn through trial and error.
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2012 Summer Movie Season Ends With A Whimper

A typically slow Labor Day weekend ended a summer that failed to live up to Hollywood's expectations. The number of movie tickets sold this summer was about 533 million, down 4 percent from 2011 and the lowest since an industry analyst began compiling summer figures 20 years ago.
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'Green Mile' Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dies At 54

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54, according to his fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault. Known for his large size and deep, resonant voice, Duncan received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Green Mile. The actor's death is "a tragic loss," says his manager.
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Fall Movie Preview: Bob Mondello Looks Ahead

Bob Mondello looks at the movies scheduled for release between now and Thanksgiving, including plenty with Oscar buzz and a few without.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 4

Milos Forman and men and women who rock.

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Alexandria's Old Town Theater To Stay A Theater

Alexandria's Old Town Theater, which was set to be repurposed for retail shops, will actually revisit its Vaudeville roots after a renovation that will reveal some of the building's original early 20th-century features. 

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Super Man, Wonder Woman: The New Power Couple

Dating can be difficult at the best of times, but if you're the Man of Steel it's near impossible — until now. The latest edition of Justice League gives Superman a romantic break by pairing him up with Wonder Woman. According to Justice League writer Geoff Johns, the relationship will definitely cause tension around the office.
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New Teen Buzzword: Yolo

You might know the word "Yolo" if you're under 25. But if you aren't, Boston Globe language columnist Ben Zimmer says it's the buzzword of the year for teenagers and young adults.

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