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Search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane suspended: When is it OK to stop looking?

After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was abandoned on Tuesday, as crews completed their search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, finding no traces of the plane. 

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Emissions cheating goes global: France and Britain also investigating automakers

With US headlines about the latest on emissions cheating from Volkswagen, and now an investigation of Fiat Chrysler, the past week has not been a great one for diesel cars. Now, two automakers are subject to diesel investigations in Europe.

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North Dakota bill would protect drivers who hit protesters obstructing traffic

State GOP Rep. Keith Kempenich is pushing legislation that would exempt from liability drivers who unintentionally injure or kill pedestrians obstructing traffic on public roads.

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Kosovo views Serbian rail link as 'provocation,' blocks train

Authorities in Pristina view Serbia's decision to open a railway link to northern Kosovo as a violation of the disputed territory's sovereignty.

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'Big Little Lies': Reese Witherspoon riffs on Hollywood and the 'Smurfette Syndrome'

The actress stars in the upcoming HBO miniseries 'Big Little Lies,' which co-stars Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz. 'It’s so refreshing to spend time with all of these women,' Witherspoon said of the project.

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German court declines to ban Nazi-like political party

Germany's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) bore similarities to Adolf Hitler's Nazi party, but opted not to ban it, saying that it was too weak to endanger democracy.

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Does greater school choice lead to less segregation?

Statistics suggest that charter schools and vouchers aren't a solution to segregated schools. In some cases, they can actually make it worse. 

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Amid plagiarism scandal, Monica Crowley bows out of national security post

The political commentator and foreign policy adviser had been picked by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

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Bankrupt retail innovator American Apparel begins layoffs

Known for its provocative ads and its commitment to keeping its manufacturing operations in the United States, the now-bankrupt retailer American Apparel says that it has started to lay off its staff.

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British scientists tie the tightest knot ever

Researchers at the University of Manchester hope their chemically produced, three-strand molecular knot will some day form the foundation for very light and strong materials.

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'Hidden Figures' tops box office again as non-franchise, female-led movie continues to dominate

'Hidden,' the story of African-American women whose calculations helped launch John Glenn into space, came in at number one at the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe.

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How a new campaign seeks to ensure a future for cocoa production in Ghana, a chocolate epicenter

Ghana is the second largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans, after Côte d’Ivoire. One campaign wants to make sure that cacao farming remains a productive source of income for Ghanaian farmers, and of tasty treats for chocolate lovers, long into the future. 

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Inside the belly of Russia's 'propaganda machine': A visit to RT news channel

US security services have fingered the channel as a key player in the Kremlin's efforts to sway Western politics. But inside its offices, RT seems a far cry from what the US says it is – and what it aspires to be.

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Study: US abortions now at lowest rate since Roe v. Wade

A survey released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute found that the annual number of abortions in the United States has dropped to the lowest rate since 1974. 

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Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon, hailed as a 'patriot and a pioneer'

Eugene Cernan, who in 1972 was the most recent man to set foot on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission, died on Monday.

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Oxfam: World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest half

A report from the antipoverty nonprofit Oxfam found that just eight people, all men, possess as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population.

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As peace talks loom, Syrian refugees see little future in going home

Talks aimed at building on a current cease-fire are slated to begin in Kazakhstan Jan. 23. At a refugee camp in eastern Lebanon, Syrians say numerous obstacles stand in the way of returning to their homes.

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Martin Luther King's son aims to bridge divide between Trump, Lewis

President-elect Donald Trump told the son of the slain civil rights leader that he intends to represent all Americans.

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Truth and fake news

A Christian Science perspective: Understanding God as good helps correct any false ‘news’ about what we truly are.

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In Asheville, volunteer computer programmers seek to help the most vulnerable

Among other projects in the past year, members of Code for Asheville have lent their expertise to address issues involving formerly incarcerated people and homeless individuals.

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Turned away by traditional refinance lenders? Here's how federal lending programs can help.

Two new federal refinance options are meant for borrowers with high loan-to-value ratios.

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Consumer watchdog is a Trump target ... eventually

Republicans are eager to replace the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But Trump has higher economic priorities, and Democrats are poised to fight for its current head, Richard Cordray.

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Trump's big foreign policy shift: looser ties with Europe

In a weekend interview that shocked European leaders, the president-elect expressed indifference to EU disintegration and reiterated campaign rhetoric that NATO was 'obsolete.' 

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Can scientists crack the case of an Antarctic ice shelf's growing rift?

At 90 miles and counting, the Larsen C ice shelf crack just keeps growing. Could studying this unusual crack predict future ice movements?

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'How America Lost Its Secrets' depicts a darker, complicated Edward Snowden

The image of Snowden as a brave idealist takes a pounding in this deeply researched biography.

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'The Girl in Green' tells a dark, funny, poetic tale of the US in Iraq

A Desert Storm vet returns to Iraq 20 years later, this time on a mission of hope.

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Finding unity on a new health-care law

Obamacare set down access to health care as a universal good, a point that Trump and much of the GOP now concedes. A new law would help fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act.

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How hundreds of girls are seeing 'Hidden Figures' for free

Several people, including a teen from Florida, have launched fundraising campaigns with the goal of sending groups of girls to see 'Hidden Figures,' a movie that tells the little-known story of three black women working at NASA.

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German auto stocks slip as Trump threatens tariffs

In a Sunday interview, Donald Trump threatened to impose a 35 percent tariff on imported cars, criticizing German automakers for not making more of their vehicles in the United States.

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Home equity line of credit rates to rise; here's what to do.

With one increase in each of the past two Decembers, and with a Fed plan to raise rates three more times this year, it’s pretty clear: Your home equity line of credit rate is likely heading higher. 

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How young activists are reclaiming a more radical version of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King's disruptive tactics once earned him a reputation for divisiveness among most of the American public.

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What could that huge wave in Venus' atmosphere reveal about the mysterious planet?

A Japanese spacecraft recorded a massive bow-shaped structure in the cloud tops over Venus, and it could offer new insights into what lies below.

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The forces that drive the price of a bouquet of roses (and the best time to order one for Valentine's Day)

We decided to do an experiment: We found a bouquet of a dozen red roses at five different online florists and tracked the price every week for a year. Here's what we found.

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Japan's miniature rocket crashes, but may hold hints of the future

Following a communications failure, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aborted its mini-rocket's mission. But demand is growing, and similar devices could be prominent features of space in the future.

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In urgent race to repeal Obamacare, rifts emerge in push for speedy reform

President-elect Donald Trump and many GOP lawmakers have repeatedly called for an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but others are urging caution, wary of the political repercussions that could follow a rushed repeal.

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Days before Trump inauguration, writers gather to celebrate the power of language

Instead of wielding signs and chanting, the participants in the Writers Resist movement joined around the world to use prose passages and poems as a form of protest.

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Are money-market savings accounts worth it?

Money-market accounts, which promise a more lucrative home for money you don’t need to access on a regular basis, come with significant caveats and limitations that make them a dubious choice for most consumers.

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Creamy bacon and spinach rigatoni

This easy weeknight meal combines salty bacon and fresh spinach in a creamy, simple sauce.

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How organic farming is helping black farmers come back to the land

Black-owned farmland is experiencing a resurgence. Organic and sustainable farming are methods driving that change, but persistent obstacles remain a burden to those trying to break into new markets.

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Paris disconnect: Why many Palestinians don't want that two-state solution

Two in three Palestinians say the model is no longer viable, and many are deeply frustrated with Palestinian Authority leadership.

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