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Why incoming asteroids shouldn't keep you up at night

A close shave with a previously undetected asteroid last month serves as a pointed reminder to humanity that planet Earth and other celestial bodies can sometimes cross paths. Fortunately, space agencies are on the case.

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Why GOP faces challenge selling tax cuts to younger voters

When it comes to Republican tax policy, Millennials are the least-supportive age group. Partly, it's proposal details like those on college debt. Partly, it's the values of a generation raised during the Great Recession

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Jerusalem: Exhausted and adrift, Palestinians offer muted response to Trump

When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, analysts warned it could bring a wave of violence. But the response of outraged and distrustful Palestinians has been muted, and some are ready to abandon the two-state solution for peace.

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Grass-roots view of Trump’s security strategy

In coming days, the White House will issue a strategy on dealing with foreign threats. But most Americans are already on the front lines of such work. They need thoughtful help from presidents.

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ISIS-inspired suspect behind New York explosion that injured four

A man detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his chest near Times Square, setting off temporary chaos in Manhattan during the Monday morning rush hour. Governor Cuomo has encouraged New Yorkers to stay alert but go about their lives.

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Prayer for Southern California

A Christian Science perspective: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).

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How Pootie got his way

I didn’t want a Christmas tree, but my husband insisted that someone else truly did.

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French rock star played on American persona

For three generations of French people, rock 'n' roll star Johnny Hallyday was a window on America and a chance to dream. A million people attended his funeral cortege in Paris this weekend.

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Putin declares victory against 'terrorists' in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial pullout of Russian troops. The visit marked the first visit by a foreign head of state to Syria since its civil war began in 2011.

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Netanyahu visits EU to win support following Trump's embassy move announcement

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Brussels to ask EU leaders to join President Trump in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Many EU foreign ministers continue to criticize Mr. Trump's decision and its ramifications for the peace process. 

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After 35-year ban, movie theaters allowed once again in Saudi Arabia

The arrival of movie theaters in Saudi Arabia will mark the latest cultural change as a result of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to liberalize the conservative country.

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Russian athletes hope to compete at Olympics despite ban

Though they will not be able to compete under the Russian flag, a majority of Russian athletes still want to compete at the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

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Both sides dig in for final push in Alabama's Senate race

For Republicans, winning means they can continue to further their agenda. For Democrats, a victory could jumpstart their bid to retake the majority at midterms. 

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Strong winds keep southern California wildfires burning for a second week

California fires in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas continue, fueled by dry conditions and strong Santa Ana winds. Firefighters work to contain the flames as new evacuation orders are implemented.

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'Nomadland' chronicles Americans on the move with heaps of reportorial detail, narrative flair

Journalist Jessica Bruder rents an RV and hits the road to gain access to a new class of Americans on the move.

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Helping students live their full potential

A Christian Science perspective: Affirming everyone’s unlimited potential as the child of God, our loving Father-Mother, can support others.

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Fusion breakthrough explained: What are quarks again?

Physicists have confirmed the existence of a doubly charmed baryon, opening the door to an entirely new kind of fusion, known as quark fusion.

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Darkness and light on the net

In the cyberworld, knowledge itself is power and is countered by knowledge. Technology is the accessory. In the case of hacking elections, the internet provides a vast and dark new space for countries to carry out the age-old design of tampering with rivals.

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After many days in court, travel ban nearing final resolution

Friday, a full panel of judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Virginia about the third version of the White House travel ban, just days after the US Supreme Court allowed the ban to take effect while it was making its way through the lower courts.

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Taiwan lets go a symbol of ancient days

A new law calls for removing landmarks honoring a former dictator, Chiang Kai-shek, whose Confucian-style rule on the island nation finds renewed favor within China’s ruling party.

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How Congress's inaction has left children's health program on life support

Last week, Colorado became the first state to send letters to CHIP families warning them that support might end in January. Texas has asked the federal government for $90 million to keep its program running through February.

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Poland breaks norms and grants greater power to ruling party

Polish lawmakers approved two bills that give the ruling party more power over the courts, despite warnings from EU officials that the laws is not common democratic practice. 

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Girl with albinism wins top school prize in Kenya

Earning the top score on exams in Kenya earns students national recognition and a spot on national television. This year the honor went to a young girl with albinism who has overcome prejudice and threats to her life, breaking down cultural stereotypes along the way.

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Moore campaign strategy follows in the footsteps of President Trump

With his ability to dodge accusations of sexual misconduct and appeal to evangelical voters, political analysts are drawing parallels between US Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign's playbook to that of President Trump.

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Second day of protests after Trump's announcement continue in West Bank and Gaza

Muslims and Arabs around the world continue to protest President Trump's decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, officially recognizing the Holy City as Israel's capital. 

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Brexit negotiations poised to move forward after major roadblocks cleared

A breakthrough in Brexit negotiations was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders after a long night of negotiations. Issues such as the border with Ireland, money paid to the EU, and citizens rights have been resolved, paving the way for the next round of talks.

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‘I, Tonya’ skips Harding’s love of skating for fatuous irony

Margot Robbie stars as Tonya Harding in a film that is all smirk and wink.

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'1945' is a compact study of wartime guilt

As a Hungarian village prepares for a wedding after V-E Day, two strangers arrive.

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Top Picks: The documentary 'California Typewriter,' the Cal app, and more

If you’re looking up at the night sky as you leave the latest holiday gathering, use the Stellarium Mobile Sky Map app to get guidance on the stars you’re seeing, director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, 'Logan Lucky,' stars Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and more top picks.

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Yemen: Why death of ex-dictator makes ending war harder, and more urgent

Just before his death, ex-dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh seemed to offer the Saudis a face-saving way out of their war in Yemen, where a humanitarian crisis is already in full swing. For now, they are vowing to press the attack against the Shiite Houthis.

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9 sports books for holiday reading and giving

If you like variety, these 2017 releases offer an abundance of that, from a football book by an NFL commissioner’s son to the story of a small-college, women’s basketball team that achieved championship stature during the Depression. 

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New California wildfires threaten San Diego area

Wildfires endanger homes, businesses, and racing stables in the San Diego area as residents are evacuated and firefighters battle to control the flames.

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Can a machine be creative?

Computerized forays into the arts prompt new exploration of what it means to be creative.

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Skirball fire underscores calls for collaborative wildfire management

The wildfires ripping through Southern California mark a destructive end to a year already considered the state’s worst fire season on record.

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'Balancing Acts' author Nicholas Hytner looks back at a successful career at London’s National Theatre

Between the color commentary and all the humorous cameos, this book  is a master class in the anatomy of artistic directing.

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The power of spiritual unity

A Christian Science perspective: Whatever our race, religion, or nationality, the desire to see and express harmony and unity is native to who we are as children of God.

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Franken resignation shows Democrats' line in the sand

The Minnesota senator's decision to step down reflects the uncompromising stand his party is taking on sexual misconduct – a position Democrats hope will create a strong moral contrast with Republicans, but that also could come with risks.

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In Trump era, US-UK 'special relationship' faces – and causes – new trials

President Trump is deeply unpopular in Britain, and the multiple diplomatic flareups on his watch have put a unique strain on relations with Britain and Prime Minister Theresa May. But the 'special relationship' also limits how May can respond.

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