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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hasn’t made too many friends on Wall Street, probably because he makes statements like this on programs like CNN's "State of the Union":

"I think that the business model of Wall Street is fraud. I think these guys drove us into the worst economic downturn in the history of America. I think they're at it again.”

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The holiday season is upon us, and it is often around the holidays that charities send out requests for food donations to help feed the hungry.

Though there are close to 50 million people across the US who struggle to feed themselves and their families, Americans throw an estimated 40 percent of their food in the trash.

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Nearly 50,000 high school soccer players sustained concussions in 2010 — more athletes than in baseball, basketball, softball and wrestling combined, according to a lawsuit filed that year.

The US Soccer Federation announced a series of new safety initiatives earlier this month in response to that lawsuit. Now players 10 and younger will be banned from heading the ball, and 11- to 13-year-olds will be limited to only heading in games, not practices.

In this Broadway show, the words are sung, spoken — and signed

Nov 29, 2015
Joan Marcus

Picture this: You're in a theater, about to watch a Broadway show. The lights dim, the dialogue starts, and the words turn into songs. But this isn't your standard Broadway musical. You aren't just hearing the actors speak or listening to voices raised in song. You're also watching the words of deaf players translated into spoken English and American Sign Language.

Some of the earliest fighters for women's rights star in a new movie, Suffragette

Nov 28, 2015
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In the 2012 US presidential election, just 53.6 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. The United Kingdom did a bit better when it held national elections last May: About 66 percent of the electorate turned out.

What could have been: Mitch Albom originally wanted to be a singer-songrwriter

Nov 27, 2015
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Mitch Albom has been a lot of things — a sports reporter, a writer and a publishing phenomenon with more than 35 million copies of his books in circulation. But Albom initially wanted to be a songwriter.

“I was a musician before I was a writer, and I had every intention of staying one,” he says. “I lived over in Europe for a while and I played music and sang. And I came over here to New York and tried to make it as a singer-songwriter.”

But, as history shows us, things didn't quite work out that way.

“I flopped,” Albom says.

How one community college is changing the landscape of western Texas

Nov 26, 2015
Fernie Garcia

El Paso Community College in western Texas sits right on the border between the US and Mexico. It attracts a lot of Hispanic students, a lot of first generation college students and a lot of people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

It has also been attracting national attention. In 2015, EPCC was named one of 10 finalists for the Aspen Prize, an award recognizing community college excellence.

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Of the various ways of getting into the United States, applying for political refugee status is hardly the easiest.

Since 2012, there have been 1,854 Syrian refugees admitted to the US. President Barack Obama has said that we will take in an additional 10,000 in fiscal year 2016, likely now with increased vetting and background checks after more than 30 governors have said they would reject refugees in their states.  

How US cities are thinking about and dealing with terrorism

Nov 19, 2015

Last weekend’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris have reverberated across Europe and the United States.

On Monday, New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the formation of a new counterterrorism unit, the Critical Response Command team.

"The world is changing, even as we stand here," Bratton told his new recruits. "The world changed dramatically over the weekend, and the assignment for which you have volunteered ... there is no more essential assignment in the world of policing."

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Community college is often perceived as the underdog in American higher education. Many are plagued by treacherous drop-out rates, poor teaching standards and dismal job prospects. But there is one community college — Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota — that is getting a lot of attention for its student successes.

In fact, in May of this year President Obama visited Lake Area Tech to give the commencement address at this little South Dakota community college that could. 

At the end of November, political leaders, scientists and policy wonks will gather in Paris to talk about climate change. But beyond the policy, the posturing, and the dense terminology, climate change is fundamentally a human experience. It's something that affects real people, and it may eventually affect the life of every single person on this planet.

Why did the attackers target France?

Nov 16, 2015
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This weekend's attacks in Paris have revealed a flip side to the City of Light. Why has France become such a target of Arab extremists? Many lifelong French citizens are Muslim, and the Muslim nation of Algeria was actually part of France in the 20th century.

A new book that debunks myths of World War II

Nov 12, 2015
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Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, just over 800,000 are still alive today, watching as time has rewritten the war's history to better reflect the tactics and the players who determined its course. 

In his new book "The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941: The War in the West," author and historian James Holland debunks myth after myth from World War II. He says that Hitler's demise was actually in the cards from the beginning.

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We shall overcome, indeed.

The latest racial protest in Missouri got results Monday with the resignation of University of Missouri president, who had been accused of not acting on racially abusive incidents on campus.

"Concerned Student 1950” — a student group named for the year the university accepted its first African-American student — had argued that complaints of racially abusive incidents had fallen on deaf ears from University President Tim Wolfe. Their examples included:

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Last year's Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,000 people. The pandemic may be diminished, but public health officials think another major outbreak of infectious disease is fast-approaching, and they’re busy preparing for it.

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About 500 women at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Liberty, Texas, have launched a hunger strike to protest their treatment and to advocate for their release.

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We’d all like to think that a simple browser and a few keystrokes can give us access to the unlimited knowledge base of the Internet. But there are a growing number of toll roads on the information superhighway.

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Bills. Dough. Loot. Moola. Whatever you call it, could you survive without cold, hard cash?

Sweden was the first European country to print and use paper money, but it may soon do away with physical currencies.

In Sweden, four out of five purchases are made electronically, 95 percent of all sales at retail stores are handled with credit cards, and between 2010 and 2012, about 500 bank branches went cash-free and 900 ATM machines were taken off the streets.

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In the United States, many non-native people subscribe to a certain mythology about Native Americans — a mythology that casts them as stewards of the earth working in harmony with the land.

It's a mythology we've seen play out in Disney films like "Pocahontas," in Oscar winning films like "Dances with Wolves," and in every cowboy and Indian film of the golden age of Hollywood.

When AJ Mass first donned the Mr. Met costume in 1994, the hot strain of the wool and metal costume was a refreshing alternative to being gakked and slimed.

“They actually decided to put a theme park in the outfield, behind the wall, in conjunction with Nickelodeon,” Mass says. “The team had lost 103 games the year before, so they were really looking for an excuse to get people to come to the ballpark.”

When Mass heard that the team was bringing back their retired mascot, Mr. Met, his transformation into a beloved major league mascot started with a quirk of chance.