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Shortlist Revealed For 2015 Man Booker Prize

One-third of the short-listed nominees are American, which could make some British authors unhappy.

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In U.S. Tour, Pope Francis Will Deliver 4 Speeches In English, 14 In Spanish

In his five-day, three-city tour, Pope Francis will give the majority of speeches in his native Spanish.

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CBS Entertainment Chief Nina Tassler Is Stepping Down

Tassler has been at the helm of the most-watched broadcast network's drama, comedy and late-night offerings since 2004. It's a surprising development at a network known for executive stability.

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Putin Defends Russian Military Support For Syrian Regime

The Russian president says military assistance for Bashar Assad's government is necessary to defeat ISIS. The U.S. says it could exacerbate Syria's civil war.

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Who Killed the 20th Century’s Greatest Spy? | Simon Parkin

Who was Ashraf Marwan working for when he fell to his death from the balcony of a London flat?

Simon Parkin | The Guardian | Sep 2015
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Fast-Moving Wildfires Destroy Hundreds Of Homes In Northern California

The Valley Fire alone has claimed 585 homes and hundreds of other structures since it started Saturday. At least one person has died.

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Bin Laden Company Banned From Work In Mecca After Crane Disaster

A Saudi royal court says the Saudi Binladin Group, which has operated in the kingdom since the 1930s, can't pursue new projects until an inquiry is closed.

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Do You Use Money? If So, You'll Want To Read This By Thursday

This week, the Federal Reserve will be making decisions that could affect your ability to borrow. Because it works behind closed doors, it can seem mysterious. Here's what the Fed is and does.

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Tentative Contract Deal Reached On 5th Day Of Seattle Teacher Strike

Until an agreement is ratified, teachers will remain on strike, the union says. The dispute has kept Seattle's 53,000 students from starting their school year.

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Amazon's Bezos Announces Plan To Build, Launch Rockets From Florida

In a new expansion of commercial efforts to launch earthlings into space, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos plans to build rockets on Florida's Cape Canaveral.

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Two Years After KONY 2012, Has Invisible Children Grown Up?

After a non-profit’s documentary about a central African despot became the most viral video of all time, the founder had a nude nervous breakdown on the streets of San Diego. Now he’s back.

Jessica Testa | Buzzfeed | Sep 2015
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Alabama Senate Approves Shifting $100 Million Away From Schools

A critic of the move, which is not yet final, said his colleagues in the Legislature had decided to "rob children" to help cover a budget deficit instead of finding the money elsewhere.

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North Korea Says Its Main Nuclear Reactor Is Operating Again

The restart of a reactor that produces weapons-grade plutonium was announced by the Korean Central News Agency, which also says North Korea is ready to use nuclear weapons "any time."

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The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

“Peril is generational for black people in America—and incarceration is our current mechanism for ensuring that the peril continues.”

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The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration

Politicians are suddenly eager to disown failed policies on American prisons, but they have failed to reckon with the history. Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family,” 50 years later.

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Hungary Declares Emergency As It Blocks Migrants At Border

Hungary declared a crisis in two southern counties Tuesday, as crowds of migrants were halted in Serbia, having missed Tuesday's deadline before the new and stricter laws took effect.

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Flash Floods On Utah-Arizona Border Leave Eight Dead

Two vehicles carrying 16 women and children were swept into a sudden rush of floodwater in southern Utah on Monday.

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'Dancing Baby' Wins Copyright Case

In Lenz v. Universal, about a YouTube video of a baby dancing to a Prince song, judges ruled that copyright holders must weigh whether use of material is fair use before issuing a warning.

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Bail Denied For Former Police Officer Who Shot And Killed Unarmed Black Man

A Charleston, S.C., judge ruled that Michael Slager will have to remain in jail. Slager, then an officer, was caught on video, shooting Walter Scott in the back during a traffic stop in April.

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Was Tom Hayes Running the Biggest Financial Conspiracy in History?

A profile of jailed trader Tom Hayes, who was either behind the Libor scandal or became its fall guy.

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