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Bestselling books the week of 9/21/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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Not mad, just adventurous: Cyclist completes trip around the world in 80 days

Mark Beaumont set a world record, cycling 16 hours every day on his 79-day trip through 16 countries. The hardest part of the challenge, he said, was sleep deprivation.

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Human rights groups call for global actions to halt modern slavery

More than 40 million people are living in slavery globally with majority being women and young girls. Major change is possible by partnering with the business community, a new report says.

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Partisan news outlets: propaganda or real news?

While it is being advertised as a run-of-the mill political news site, The Free Telegraph, operated by Republican governors, has received widespread criticism for aiding the spread of fake news. Defenders say it is just an outlet to share positive news about Republican efforts.

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In an unrelenting hurricane season, Maria is next to churn through Caribbean

As another Category 5 hurricane approaches the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, island residents prepare for its destructive blow amid recovery efforts following hurricane Irma.

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A new era of accountability: Facebook gets pulled into Russia investigation

Politicians and experts raise concerns over the social media giant's lack of accountability. The nature of the site has made it increasingly difficult to regulate and track ads, and many see this investigation as a turning point for Facebook's unprecedented power and influence. 

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UN solution for a pollution free planet: polluters should pick up the bill

Finding paths of progress toward a greener planet shouldn't be left to governments alone, businesses play a key role in developing new technologies, says executive director of UN Environment. 

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Myanmar's leader speaks out, but doesn't address claims of ethnic cleansing

Aung San Suu Kyi must walk a delicate line between the nation's powerful Army and global pressure to address human rights violations against the Rohingya within Myanmar.

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Forgiving hate, finding healing

A Christian Science perspective: Genuine forgiveness is not only possible but also desirable, because it brings lasting healing and peace.

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Equifax breach: What you can do ... and what public pressure may do

Hackers broke into the credit-report company Equifax and stole personal data on up to 143 million Americans. Individual actions can help control the damage. And collective action may lead to new safeguards.

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Can Houston find path to recovery that doesn't leave poor behind?

Inequalities that exist before disasters tend to be exacerbated afterward, research shows. As it rebuilds, Houston – one of the most multicultural cities in the US – has the opportunity to break from this trend in a way that benefits its poor and immigrant communities, experts say.

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Conservatives and conservationists find common ground on Chesapeake shores

To many Americans, conservatism and environmentalism are mutually exclusive ideologies. But to residents of Virginia's Middle Peninsula, the two go hand-in-hand.

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In South Sudan's capital, a bridge – and a nation – on hold

When South Sudan declared independence, its tattered infrastructure presented enormous challenges, but also a strange sense of possibility. Now, renewed fighting has stalled attempts at nation-building – in a physical sense as well as a political one.

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Apple thinks different – and the same – about the ‘town square’

The company plans to turn its stores into community centers (while still selling Apple products) in yet another sign of how much the Digital Age creates new groupings even as it feeds a natural desire for connection and shared destiny.

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Trump visits UN: As a global leader, can the US do more with less?

The president is attending the opening of the General Assembly with roughly half the delegation brought by past administrations. Some might see a shrinking superpower. But Trump officials say the US can be more 'efficient' and still lead.

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Transgender troops can temporarily re-enlist in the military

Pentagon continues its debate over how broadly to enforce a ban on transgender troops' service ordered by President Trump.

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'Glass Houses' author Louise Penny talks about crime, conscience, and Canada

'There's a lot of fabulous Canadian crime fiction,' says Penny. 'Our mysteries are maybe more of a slow burn than others, but they're really worth discovering.'

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St. Louis faces new wave of protests after police ruling

After the not guilty ruling for former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith peaceful protests turned violent overnight damaging property. Police arrested 80 people after crowds refused to disperse. 

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DACA defense: Dreamers take the Trump administration to court

The move to rescind DACA receives its first lawsuit as six DACA recipients move forward to defend former President Obama's executive action in court on the basis of violation of due process.

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Mars simulation ends after eight months of isolation

Six astronauts have emerged after living more than half a year isolated in a Mars simulation laboratory at the base of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. The data will help NASA select the best candidates for the planned mission to Mars in 2030. 

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Turkey to overhaul school curriculum, triggering concerns politics will take precedence over science

A new 'values-based' program will recast more than 170 topics in the educational curriculum, from removing all direct references to evolution from high school biology classes to teachings about jihad or holy war in religion classes as the 'love of homeland.'

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South Korea and US show strength ahead of UN General Assembly

As North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles, in opposition to UN sanctions, South Korea and the US stage military drills over the Korean peninsula. North Korea is expected to be a major topic of conversation at the upcoming UN General Assembly.

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'Draft No. 4' is as lean and punchy as legendary author John McPhee's earlier work

The star attraction in McPhee's book on writing isn't the method but the man.

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Giving action to empathy

The gravitation of trends in communication, culture, and transportation – all drawing us closer together – is irreversible. This calls for heaping bushels of empathy. 

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Ruth Walker, member of the Monitor family

Ms. Walker has passed on. Here’s a brief bio and a link to some of her best columns.

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Readers write: Overcoming fear, keeping treasures, county fair values

Letters to the editor for the Sept. 18, 2017 weekly magazine.

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What to think of North Korea on Peace Day

One reason the United Nations is so focused on preventive diplomacy regarding North Korea is a growing emphasis on ‘positive drivers’ of peace. One example is the widening celebration of International Peace Day.

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Who are the Rohingya? What you should know about Myanmar's deepening crisis

The Muslim minority group has been fleeing Myanmar for years. But military operations in response to a Rohingya militant group's attacks in late August have sent hundreds of thousands more to neighboring Bangladesh.

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Bridging the racial divide: One step forward or two steps back?

The Senate's only black Republican, Tim Scott, went to the White House this week to discuss the president's post-Charlottesville rhetoric. The next day, Trump doubled down on his remarks casting blame on both sides.

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Can Hollywood learn to tell stories about women above a size 4?

The character Kate in the Emmy-nominated 'This Is Us' has won acclaim for Chrissy Metz. But body image advocates say Kate also personifies a principal narrative for the fat person in Hollywood: In order for a character of size to be worthy, he or she needs to be trying to lose weight.

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Safety where we are

A Christian Science perspective: God, good, is ever present, guarding, guiding, and caring for all of us.

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Toronto International Film Festival report: Fewer movies but still front-loaded with Oscar bait

'The Florida Project' and 'Ex Libris: The New York Public Library' were highlights at the 42nd edition of the festival in Toronto.

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Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills

The country's status as a leader in teaching social skills is one reason it’s often ranked as the world’s ‘happiest’ country. Do Danes know something the rest of us don’t?

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Amid DACA dilemma, schools strengthen protections toward immigrant students

Colleges and universities around the nation are stepping up their games to help "dreamers."

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Hunger levels rise as global conflict continues

The proportion of people around the globe who go hungry has risen in recent years, according to a global assessment by the United Nations. The UN attributes this increase to sustained conflict around the world.

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Another step forward in Guatemala's fight against corruption

Guatemala is facing a tough fight against corruption and the repeal of recently passed reforms granting presidential immunity from investigation was a major step forward in that fight. The reforms were met with widespread criticism from the public, who have been the driving force behind the anti-corruption movement. 

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Russian war games in Belarus raise international concerns of possible invasion

The start of the Russian war games in Belarus are increasing tensions in the Baltic region as European states doubt Russia's assurances that the games are not foreshadowing a military invasion. Thousands of troops have moved into Belarus in preparation for the games, and Baltic and NATO leaders are concerned some are there to stay. 

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UN to hold emergency meeting over North Korea's latest missile test

North Korean test was the longest-ever flight by a ballistic missile over Japan. The UN Security Council will meet in New York on Friday. 

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Trump signs resolution condemning hate groups

After President Trump's controversial Charlottesville comments stirred up debate on race relations in the US, suggesting there were good people "on many sides" of the protests, Mr. Trump signed a resolution condemning hate groups.

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