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With the border between Serbia and Hungary now closed, more than 7,000 migrants and refugees entered Croatia and on Friday the country closed its official border crossings. But the journey across Croatia poses challenges, beyond the perils of finding a spot to cross the border.

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Over a lifetime, makeup can cost a woman $15,000 and up to two weeks of her life. Despite the high “makeup tax,” women who wear makeup are often rewarded with promotions, raises or bigger tips.

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When the United Nations General Assembly opens later this week, diplomats from all over the world will be greeted by a selection of photographs at the US Mission.

The photographs feature 20 women from around the world — women like Bahareh Hedayat, a student activist in Iran who's been detained since 2009, and Sanaa Seif, an Egyptian activist who's been in prison for more than a year.

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After the savings-and-loan scandals of the 1980s, 1,100 people were prosecuted, including top executives at many of the largest banks. But after the financial collapse of 2008, only one banker received a prison sentence.

Instead of focusing on individuals, the Justice Department had been targeting companies. In exchange for cooperation, the DOJ was collecting huge settlement payments from large institutions, but no one actually served any time.

But new Attorney General Loretta Lynch was appointed, in part, because she was tough on white-collar crime.

John Hockenberry: Why I'm done with the 9/11 ritual

Sep 11, 2015
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I don't look at the calendar any more this time of year. I dread this day. But not because of anything that might happen. It’s the ritual of 9/11 that I am through with.

I was actually done with the whole 9/11 thing sometime between the famous and politically disastrous "Mission Accomplished" moment from George W. Bush after the Iraq invasion, and the empty announcement by Barack Obama that this feeble terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden, had been killed by Navy SEALs in Pakistan.

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Going back to school has become a life and death struggle for some hunger strikers in Chicago, protesting the closure Walter H. Dyett High School. It’s one of 53 schools shut down by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel since 2013.


Thousands of troops marched to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Thursday, a show of strength during a parade marking 70 years since the end of World War II.

But amidst the fanfare, Chinese President Xi Jinping also announced a major reduction to the Chinese military force. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) will see a reduction of 300,000 military personnel — but it's a move not necessarily aimed at reducing the military's capability.

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For years, many have identified Miami with its signficant Cuban population. And while Cuban Americans make up 54 percent of Miami's Hispanic population, it doesn't tell the whole story.

Kim Kyung-Hoon

In today's world of 24/7 connectivity, it comes as no surprise to hear that our tech habits may be hurting our relationships.

US classrooms are becoming an unlikely immigration battleground

Sep 2, 2015
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As demographics shift and the number of first- and second-generation immigrant children entering the US public school system grows, schools are realizing they play a pivotal role in not only educating kids, but in also helping parents navigate a tricky system.

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Pope Francis announced Tuesday that he will allow Roman Catholic priests to absolve women who have had abortions of their sins, if they seek forgiveness.

It's part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy — a special year for Catholics to receive blessings and pardons from God — which begins on December 8. Every 25 or 50 years since the year 1300 the Catholic church has evoked a jubilee year, as the National Catholic Reporter explains.

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World-renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks's devotion to the humanity of scientific study was perhaps his greatest gift. He could convey the unfathomable complexity of the human brain in ways that everyone could understand.

He also highlighted his own experiences with hallucinations. Sacks once wrote that about 20 minutes after taking LSD, he remembered seeing the color indigo.

“Luminous, numinous, it filled me with rapture: it was the color of heaven,” he wrote.

How do we raise a global nation?

Aug 31, 2015
Monica Campbell

It seems obvious to say that to catch a glimpse of America's future, just head to a public school classroom. And those changes are probably bigger than a lot of us realize.

Do good fences make good neighbors? A history of border walls.

Aug 28, 2015

Hungarian officials say the country is overwhelmed by thousands of migrants hoping to enter Hungary — the gateway to the European Union. In response, they're building a 108-mile border fence designed to keep them out, and they’re racing to finish the project by the end of the month.

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From the Philadelphia neighborhood of Point Breeze to the corners of Brooklyn, city planners and long-time residents across the country are grappling with urban development. Some call it revitalization; others call it gentrification.

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Last week, a group of hackers released the stolen data of Ashley Madison users, a website used by people who are looking to start an extramarital affair. The user data included names, street addresses, email addresses and data on credit card payments going all the way back to 2007.

After wading through the data, the Associated Press found that at least 1,500 federal employees have been using the site.

By January 2016, all branches of the armed services will fully integrate men and women in combat roles. More than 230,000 women are currently being trained to be combat ready.

“Our purpose is to ensure that our mission is carried out by the best qualified and most capable service members, regardless of gender and regardless of creed and beliefs,” former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said in January 2013.

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Massive wildfires have plagued at least eight states this summer, and more than 80 vast blazes remain active in states like California, Idaho, Washington and Montana. 

More than 25,000 people have been called on to combat the wildfires so far, including 200 active duty soldiers. This is the first time in nearly a decade that the Defense Department has enlisted soldiers to fight fires.

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In March, an Afghan woman named Farkhunda Malikzada was beaten to death by a mob in Kabul in broad daylight.

Even fewer Americans than before are taking vacation

Aug 19, 2015
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The middle of August often conjures images of books on the beach, road trips, sitting next to the pool and visits to relatives. But as it turns out, only half of us are actually taking those trips.

New research suggests that 56 percent of Americans haven't taken a vacation in the past 12 months. That's 10 million more people than the year before.