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'Kung fu' nuns bike Himalayas to oppose human trafficking

Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order took part in a bicycle trek to raise awareness about trafficking. The nuns' activities have also made people think twice about gender roles.

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Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

Insisting that he is happy with his first performance, the Republican nominee isn't planning any mock debates, and will only incorporate "tweaks" to his previous strategy.

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Why the US government will pay native Americans nearly half a billion dollars

After more than a century of mismanagement, the federal government settled one of the last mismanagement claims against it by native American groups, to the tune of $492 million. 

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What does the first transgender child actor mean for TV casting?

'Modern Family' will debut a transgender character played by an openly transgender child actor this week, a move some hope will open the door for other transgender actors to take roles representing their community.

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Our corner of the Milky Way may be bigger than previously thought

It's difficult to take a galactic selfie, but scientists have found a way to learn more about the structure of our galaxy from within it. And, they say, our models are becoming more complex.

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What does academic freedom mean in the era of social media?

The University of Tennessee announced on Tuesday that it would not take action against a professor for a controversial tweet suggesting that drivers hit protesters blocking the road in Charlotte, N.C. 

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How many Americans know someone who is transgender?

Pew Research Center released a study Wednesday that, for the first time, asked Americans about their views on transgender people and the regulation of sex-segregated public restrooms.

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Earth locked into 5 degrees Celsius of global warming? Not so fast.

A recent climate study implied that Earth was 'locked into' 5 Celsius degrees of warming, but experts say that forecast is off-base

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What Uber's self-driving big rig plan means for truck drivers

Uber, which acquired self-driving truck startup Otto this summer, plans to get long-haul trucks on the roads next year. How will it affect those who are involved?

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Does the US owe blacks reparations? Yes, says UN panel.

The UN's recommendations may shine a light on fractures in America's race relations, even if the government never acts on them.

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Have CO2 levels reached a point of no return?

The annual low for atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide has crossed the 400 parts per million threshold, a level not seen for millions of years.

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In pitch for diversity, is the tech industry neglecting Asians?

Asians are overrepresented in the tech industry, but discrimination still exists, some argue, in representation in upper management.

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The shy, elusive pangolin finally gets the protection it needs

UN wildlife officials have voted to ban trade in all eight species of Asian pangolins. The creature is prized for its meat and scales, which are used for medicinal purposes. 

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Bestselling books the week of 9/29/16, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America?

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What Brexit? Apple announces plans for big new London campus

The long-dormant Battersea Power Station, set to house the technology giant's offices, is in the midst of an enormous makeover.

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As US election nears, the globe watches (very) intently

America’s international influence means that its elections matter far beyond its borders. The Clinton-Trump debate this week was scrutinized for inklings of what a Trump presidency in particular might mean.

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US Senate overrides Obama on Sept. 11 bill to allow terrorism lawsuits

The US Senate voted 97-1 to override Obama's veto of the law allowing Sept. 11 victim's families to sue Saudi Arabia. The House is also expected to override the veto. 

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US takes new look at police culture

Shootings in El Cajon, Calif., Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., capture the struggle of trying to change a deeply ingrained culture of policing to one that merges public interest and police concerns, law enforcement experts say. 

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Is lunch getting too expensive?

Thanks to price increases, lunch has been losing restaurant customers. 

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Peres’s legacy of an expectant faith in peace

He was Israel’s driver of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, which offered a model for Colombia’s peace process. Can Colombia’s peace pact now be a model for Israel?

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Why do endangered whales keep getting entangled off New England?

The right whale's numbers have been particularly affected by fishing gear, according to an August study.

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Why Pepe The Frog was declared a hate symbol by the ADL

Pepe the Frog hate symbol: While most references to 'Pepe the Frog' remain non-bigoted, the cartoon has been coopted by white supremacists on social media, says the Anti-Defamation League.

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Opinion: Will either candidate protect your data? It's time to ask

In light of the Yahoo breach, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton owe the American public an explanation for how they'll protect their personal data.

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Are baby lobsters cooked? Rising temperatures threaten Maine's icon

Rising ocean temperatures prove difficult for baby lobsters to reach maturity, scientists say. How soon could New England's lobster industry be effected?

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'Fences' trailer: Will play adaptation draw Oscar nods, big box office?

A trailer has been released for the upcoming movie adaptation of the classic August Wilson play 'Fences.' Many critics are seeing the film as a possible Oscars contender. 

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Has the United States really 'lost control' of the internet?

Donald Trump's campaign has expressed concern that the United States is going to hand over control of the internet in October. What's happening, and why does it matter?

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Think motorcycle insurance covers just motorcycles? Think again.

There are a number of vehicles that fall under the protection of a motorcycle insurance policy and owners should consider purchasing it – required or not.

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Is cybercrime on the rise in Europe?

Europol has called for an increased emphasis on cybercrime – both in law enforcement and policy.

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Do Americans really want self-driving cars?

Many Americans are not yet ready to give up the steering wheel, according to a new survey conducted by Kelley Blue Book. 

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A preview of 'The Flash' season 3: Are the CW's superheroes succeeding?

The CW's hit superhero show 'Flash' debuts its third season on Oct. 4.

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Mount Barujari: 1,000 tourists evacuated in Indonesia after volcano eruption

Mount Barujari erupted without warning on Tuesday. Fifty climbers are still missing but believed to be safe.

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Why the family of Ahmed 'the clock kid' is suing Glenn Beck and a Texas mayor

The family of Ahmed Mohamed claims the conservative commentator and other media hosts made libelous statements against the then 14-year-old boy following his wrongful arrest.

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Arizona Republic defies its name, endorses a Democrat for president

The endorsement upset many of the newspaper's conservative readers, but can it also help bridge partisan divides? 

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How Thailand's military junta has cracked down on dissent

A news conference by Amnesty International, set to unveil details on torture by the military and police, was cancelled after Thai authorities threatened to arrest two of the speakers. 

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Why Roy Moore, Alabama's chief justice, could face removal – again

Roy Moore is on trial for his refusal to obey the federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. It's the same position he was removed from 13 years ago.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash: Investigation says Russian missile used

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. Investigators say the plane was destroyed by Russia-backed rebels using a Russian missile launcher. Moscow has extensively denied these claims.

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From juvenile detention to straight A's, with the help of a mentor

Connecting former juvenile offenders with caring adults can have a lasting effect, but advocates say the solution is frequently left out of the nationwide discourse around juvenile justice reform.

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Four simple money-saving tips for couples

Having the same goals, and a plan to achieve them, is important in achieving relationship harmony. 

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Why BlackBerry will stop making its own phones

Blackberry stops making phones: The tech company announced Wednesday that it will outsource all future hardware development, marking the latest step in an ongoing transition from a focus on smartphone production to a focus on software. 

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Did a 2013 court ruling really spell the end of stop and frisk?

Stop and frisk is no longer a program in New York City, since a federal judge deemed it unconstitutional. But it is still a legal tactic and used elsewhere.

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