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With Mosul under siege, an unlikely chance to save ISIS-enslaved Yazidis?

When Iraqi forces moved on Mosul, IS moved enslaved Yazidis back to Syria, frustrating activists trying to free them. But their relocation might make it easier to find and rescue them.

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'Jackie' screenwriter: 'I didn't feel like she had ever gotten enough credit for understanding intuitively ... the power of imagery and iconography'

Portman portrays former first lady Jackie Kennedy in the new film of the same name, which is directed by Pablo Larrain. The film co-stars Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwig.

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Readers write: Bad precedent, a 108-year celebration, scientific agreement

Letters to the editor for the Dec. 5, 2016 weekly magazine.

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Rather than discriminating against ex-cons, this food business seeks them out

Lancaster Food Co. searches for job applicants who need help getting back on their feet, providing them with a livable wage. So far, not one has quit.

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How an Aleppo clown's mourners see the loss of a potent symbol

Anas Al-Basha, a clown and mental health professional, was killed earlier this week in an airstrike in eastern Aleppo.

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No more smog city? Four world capitals plan to ban diesel vehicles

Mayors of four major cities – Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, and Athens – have pledged to remove all diesel-fueled vehicles from the roads by 2025.

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ESA reaffirms commitment to Mars after disappointing lander crash

After the ESA's Schiaparelli lander crashed to the surface of the Red Planet in October, there may have been doubts about the project's future. But experts say they can fix the problem – and renewed funding is a sign of confidence.

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Creating a college behind bars

How inmates in Washington State are trying to improve their lives so they can cope better after they're released from prison.

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What Stephen Hawking learned from Brexit and Donald Trump

The world-renowned physicist has criticized both the election of Donald Trump and the British vote to leave the European Union as 'outpourings of crude populism.' But he says the rest of the world should pay close attention to both factions.

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Upset in Gambia: The unlikely rise of 'no drama Adama'

Adama Barrow never planned on running for president. In fact, he only learned of his candidacy when he showed up to vote in September. On Friday, he was declared president-elect of Gambia.

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Goodbye peak oil, hello peak demand

Instead of running out of oil, the world may be able to leave some of it in the ground as transportation alternatives improve.

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'Driver mode': An answer to distracted driver fatalities?

Crashes caused by distracted driving spiked in 2015. The Department of Transportation hopes a distraction-limiting 'driver mode' for cellphones may provide part of the solution.

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Majority of Americans (and now more Republicans) support Obamacare rules

On the heels of news that medical bills are becoming less of a financial burden for Americans, a November Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that the vast majority of Americans do not want to repeal Obamacare. Some do want to see it scaled back, however.

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What to do when your kid is a financial train wreck

Supporting able-bodied children, or repeatedly bailing them out of debt, creates dependency at a time when parents should help them become self-sufficient.

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Move over Copernicium, there's a new heavy metal band on the periodic table

Four new elements have taken up permanent residence on the periodic table, though each of the synthetic metals can only exist in reality for fractions of a second.

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Opinion: Like it or not, government hackers gonna hack

Congress just implicitly blessed FBI hacking on a massive scale without any consideration of the privacy rights of innocent people. And even worse, they did it through an obscure process that minimized public debate.

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Where next for Brazil's embattled president?

Having assumed the presidency in May following the impeachment of his predecessor, Michel Temer has made some inroads into his reform agenda, but the political storm assailing his government poses a growing threat.

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Unemployment declines to nine-year low: How significant are job gains?

The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in November. It's a positive sign, though economists caution that many people have given up and simply dropped out of the workforce.

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Obscure legal change expands government hacking powers

A revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allows law enforcement to hack suspects' computers regardless of jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups worry the change will harm individuals' privacy rights.

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Should companies be held liable for software flaws?

At an Atlantic Council event, cybersecurity experts said software liability laws could help safeguard the emerging Internet of Things.

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Heroes: Utah parents disarm son, prevent potential school shooting

The incident may turn debate back toward parents' roles in keeping their kids from committing acts of gun violence.

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'Hamilton Mixtape' emphasizes the show's unusual presence on Broadway

The combination of new tracks and new takes on the show's famous songs emphasizes the musical's diverse influences, like rap and hip-hop – seemingly unusual inspirations on Broadway. 

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Will 'Sons of Anarchy' spin-off 'Mayans' be another cable winner?

Work on a pilot for a 'Sons' spin-off will begin in 2017. FX's 'Sons' became a huge hit for the network when it aired between 2008 and 2014.

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Enter the generals: Why Trump's cabinet picks give Pentagon pause

President-elect Trump's pick for secretary of Defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, is widely respected among military analysts. But he will need a congressional waiver to serve.

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After helping put Renzi in office, Italian youth now look set to sink him

The Italian prime minister has staked his reputation on Sunday's referendum to reform Italy's inflexible political system. But younger voters are lining up strongly against his vision, despite their desire for change.

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Does Obama administration support for female draft hold any weight?

The White House support for the inclusion of women in the Selective Service comes as many female service members are bracing for the possibility that President-elect Trump could close off inroads for women in the military.

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'Things To Come' has a great performance by Isabelle Huppert

Huppert's turn in the film 'Elle' is getting all the Oscar buzz, but viewers should check out 'Things,' which finds Huppert playing a college philosophy professor suddenly and unforeseeably divorced by her husband.

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'Jackie' is an unenlightening portrait of a famous Kennedy

'Jackie' stars Natalie Portman as the former first lady. Portman's performance is essentially a phenomenal act of mimicry.

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All US public housing to be smoke-free, HUD announces

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a smoking ban in public housing on Wednesday, igniting a variety of responses.

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China posthumously exonerates young man two decades after execution

The case highlighted the progress that has been made in the Chinese legal system, yet indicated issues that remain to be addressed.

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Ivanka the environmentalist? Maybe, maybe not.

A report suggesting Ivanka Trump is mulling taking up climate change as a signature issue during her father's presidency is gathering steam among liberals who have called on her to help temper some of President-elect Trump's more rigid policy stances.

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Why did Twitter buy little-known start up Yes, Inc.?

Keith Coleman, not much of a Twitter user himself, will take on the increasingly difficult task of creating new products and reigniting the platform's user growth.

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Russian cargo ship breaks apart after launch en route to space station

The Russian cargo ship broke apart six minutes into flight meant to deliver food and fuel to the crew of the International Space Station. 

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Trump's long journey to rally America – not just his base

The president-elect made the first stop of his 'thank-you' tour Thursday night in Ohio.

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Questions about home sharing and insurance could get clearer answers

Some insurance companies already offer optional coverage for home rentals. But many carriers, as well as their policyholders, could stand to benefit from more distinct rules regarding home sharing.

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House Science Committee's Breitbart tweet sets off alarm bells for liberals

The tweet highlighted government opposition to climate efforts and raised concerns about the rise of the the conservative, white nationalist 'alt-right' movement.

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Recent Maryland cybersecurity incubator graduates show strength, diversity of the region’s cyber ecosystem

Light Point Security and iWebGate graduate from the Baltimore-based Cync program

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Universe: Rebirth, the Deluxe Edition

A new hardcover celebrates the biggest comic event of 2016.

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