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Why Ring magazine named Ali 1966 Fighter of Year – 50 years after the fact

Fifty years after denying Muhammad Ali the magazine's 'Fighter of the Year' award, The Ring says he earned it – another sign of how much attitudes and expectations have shifted.

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Dutch court hands anti-Islam populist Wilders conviction, but no punishment

A panel of judges found Dutch far-right populist leader Geert Wilders guilty of inciting discrimination in a speech he made against Moroccans in the Netherlands.

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GM executive in Europe says 15 percent of cars sold in Europe by 2030 will be electric

While 10 to 15 percent would make up a significantly higher share of vehicles than electric cars have today, it also makes for a fairly slow ramp up. 

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Trump's weekly intelligence briefings: How unusual for a president-elect?

The president-elect's decision breaks from the tradition set by recent predecessors, but is not out of step with his broader, unorthodox run-up to the presidency.

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Will escapist musical 'La La Land' win over weary Oscars voters?

The musical 'La La Land,' which is now in limited release, is currently seen as an Oscars frontrunner. Will voters be won over by the movie after a difficult 2016?

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'La La Land' is a deliriously fine musical about the challenges of making art

'La' stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as barista Mia and jazz pianist Sebastian. The movie is written and directed by Damien Chazelle.

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How dust changed scientists' view of Saturn's C ring

Dust on Saturn's icy rings can help scientists figure out how old the rings are. And Saturn's C ring hasn't been there long enough to gather much dust, say researchers from Cornell University.

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Amid fragile calm, Ethiopia's government faces critical juncture

After widespread protests, a six-month state of emergency started in October. Now, much depends on the next move of leaders who have long used their track record of economic development to paper over widespread human rights abuses and political repression. 

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Ten days after OSU attack, Ohio legislature approves campus carry

The new law awaits Gov. John Kasich's signature, coming in a year of nationwide debate over allowing guns on college campuses.

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Seven stores with the best return policies

Savvy retailers realize that not every gift is a hit: It might not fit, it could be a duplicate, or that smartwatch may not be very smart. These retailers have generous return policies that focus on customer satisfaction.

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For middle-income college students, a rising dilemma

Many are too poor to write a check for college, but too rich to qualify for aid. With a federal solution looking unlikely, states like California are starting to offer some help.

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South Korea voted to impeach its president. What happens next?

Close ties between the US and South Korea could become less so under new governments in both countries. The ouster provides an opening for the center-left South Korean opposition, which has criticized trade and military ties with the US.

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ISIS falling: Detainee recounts a lost battle in Iraq, and what it cost him

Hunched and handcuffed in a dimly lit concrete room, the Sunni former commander of a captured ISIS cell admits to targeting civilians in the fight against Baghdad. Now, he is remorseful.

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Climate change strengthens an army of forest-eating insects

Hemlock woolly adelgids aren't native to North America, but droves of them have settled into American forests where they threaten entire ecosystems.

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A good retirement savings option for the self-employed

Solo 401(k) plans are worth considering, due to their relatively high contribution limits, flexible investments and the ability to make after-tax Roth contributions.

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'Dorie’s Cookies' couldn’t come at a more propitious moment

With more than 300 recipes spread over 500 pages, Dorie Greenspan’s latest is a big, generous volume that includes many enticing offerings.

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How to reforming child and work provisions in the federal income tax

In a new Tax Policy Center paper, economists draw on many recent tax-reform proposals to design a plan that separates the income tax’s work and child provisions, simplifies filing, and distributes tax benefits more equally.

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As US braces for polar vortex, cities prepare to help most vulnerable

As cold air moves in next week, temperatures are expected to drop. Local government and nonprofit groups are working to set up temporary shelters and get homeless residents inside.

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Rooting out bias and suspicion

A Christian Science perspective: On letting love and wisdom guide our interactions with others.

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2016 holiday cookie swap: Old-fashioned gingerbread cookies

This is a classic German gingerbread cookie recipe perfect for a Christmas tea.

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John Glenn and the 'throttle up' life

John Glenn offered an indelible portrait of American courage as a wartime aviator, test pilot, and astronaut. He was the embodiment of the nation's 'spirit of discovery.'

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Top Picks: The movie 'Jason Bourne,' the app Tollsmart, and more

'A Pentatonix Christmas Special' has new takes on holiday music classics, the app Workfrom gives you tips on where to settle with your laptop, and more top picks.

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At EPA: Trump’s nominee and 15,000 or so counterweights

An administrator such as Scott Pruitt can steer in new directions, but that clout is offset by legions of staffers carrying on routines, enforcing rules, and, increasingly, caring about climate change.

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SunPower cuts jobs: Will Trump’s policies undercut renewables?

The solar company's plans to lay off a quarter of its workforce come as the energy industry braces for a new energy regime under President-elect Trump.

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Pokémon Go gets a boost from Starbucks (+video)

Starbucks has partnered with the maker of the augmented-reality game, one of a string of sponsorships by major companies.  

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Governance by spectacle? Trump taps WWE's Linda McMahon to head SBA.

The president-elect has tapped a co-founder of the WWE for his latest cabinet pick. His campaigning-by-spectacle may become governing-by-spectacle.

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Spiny lobsters tap into a strange food source, scientists say

About a fifth of the diet of Caribbean spiny lobsters is derived from a process distinct from the traditional model of the food chain, according to new research.

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As yet another general joins Trump's team, what does the pick reveal?

Retired Gen. John F. Kelly, who spent more than four decades in uniform, has reportedly been selected as secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Megyn Kelly: Trump ushered in 'dangerous phase' for the media

Conservative commentator Megyn Kelly isn't backing down from her critique of President-elect Donald Trump's assault on the media.

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Can Donald Trump revive Twitter?

Twitter has struggled in recent years to gain more users and increase advertising revenue. But some wonder if the new US president could be its financial savior.

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Portland to tax CEOs who earn 'too much,' a first for income inequality fight

Publicly traded companies in Portland, Ore., that pay their chief executives at least 100-times as much as their median employee salary will pay a 10-percent surcharge on the city's current business tax.

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How should the news media talk about the 'alt-right' movement?

Seth Meyers and others have urged the media to ditch the term 'alt-right' in favor of 'white nationalism' or 'neo-Nazism.' Others say those phrases don't convey the movement's complexity. 

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Can Congressional legislation beat scalper bots?

Vendors who use “bots” to snatch up event tickets, only to later resell them at considerable markups, may soon be subject to federal prosecution.

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When an apology need not be demanded

With Japan’s leader set to make a historic visit to Pearl Harbor, the US is not asking for an apology, just as Japan did not ask Obama for one in his visit to Hiroshima.  Friends are like that.

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As austerity and graft gnaw, crisis-stricken Greece defies expectations

Assailed first by a debt crisis, then acting as a front line in Europe’s migrant crisis, Greece has had an extremely difficult few years. Yet it has avoided civil conflict and has remained in the eurozone, contrary to many expectations.

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How much can Scott Pruitt really change the EPA?

While many critics are displeased by Trump's pick for EPA head, Pruitt's more traditional establishment background may help to mitigate some environmentalists' fears about the ability of the agency to weather Trump's administration.

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Pantone goes very green with hopeful Color of the Year

The choice, settled somewhere between prediction and hope, seems a response to the current climate of political and social division.

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When a home catches fire, this emergency responder helps care for pets

Franklin Frake works for the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides assistance to displaced pets, and their owners, during and after a disaster involving their home.

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Will SpaceX lose more customers after September rocket explosion?

With billions in contracts with commercial satellite companies and NASA on the line, SpaceX is facing delays in getting its rockets back into space. The delays have cost the company one major contract this week. 

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Are cellular PCs on the way?

Microsoft said on Thursday that it in future Windows 10 updates will 'enable connectivity that is always within reach.'

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