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In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.
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Spiderman, Batman And Elmo Team Up To Fight Times Square Restrictions

Times Square performers, who often don characters' costumes, have been a New York City staple for years, exchanging photos for tips. Lately, though, city officials have said tipping the performers is optional, and the city council is pushing for all performers to be licensed. The performers have responded with an announcement that they're organizing for collective action.
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Parsing The Rulebook To A Police Officer's Use Of Force

More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
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EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers

The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.
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Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.
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Same-Sex Marriages On Hold In Virginia After Supreme Court Weighs In

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked an appeals court ruling that would have allowed gay marriages to begin in Virginia tomorrow.
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Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.
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President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly'

The extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts" and "has no place in the 21st century," President Obama said Wednesday.
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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.
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Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists

Activists around the country say Michael Brown's death and the police response have strengthened their resolve to fight injustice.

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