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The Castro, 1990, and a first night in drag.

Alexander Chee | Guernica | Mar 2015
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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Classic Bernd"

College friends come together during a power failure and the onset of an ill-fated relationship.

Kate Garklavs | Juked | Dec 2015
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Alabama Sues U.S. Government Over Plans For Syrian Refugee Settlement

Gov. Robert Bentley says the federal government failed to consult the state regarding refugee placement. Alabama is the second state to sue the government over the resettlement issue.

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Truck Bomb At Libyan Security Training Camp Kills Dozens

It's one of the deadliest attacks in Libya since the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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California Declares State Of Emergency Over Monthslong Gas Leak

Since October, a natural gas storage well near Los Angeles has been spewing hundreds of tons of methane gas each day. The leak isn't expected to be fixed for months.

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NYPD Settles 2 Lawsuits Over Surveillance Of Muslims

One suit accused the police of violating the New York and U.S. Constitutions "by singling out and stigmatizing entire communities of New Yorkers based on their religion."

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No Accident

After Brooke Melton died in a car crash, her parents approached attorney Lance Cooper to investigate. What he found in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt would lead to GM’s 30 million-vehicle recall.

Max Blau | Atlanta Magazine | Jan 2016
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Iran Claims Saudi-Led Coalition Hit Its Embassy In Yemen

As tension boils between the two regional powers, witnesses say it's not clear that Iran's embassy sustained damage, or was even hit.

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Obama's Obama

The president has cycled through more chiefs of staff than any of his White House predecessors. Denis McDonough is the one who came to stay.

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Monkey Can't Own Copyright To His Selfie, Federal Judge Says

A district judge in San Francisco said that Congress and the president can choose to "extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans" — but that for now, no, monkeys can't own copyrights.

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IAAF Bans Its Former Doping Chief And Former Head Of Russia's Athletic Federation

The case centers on doping violations by Russian long-distance runner Lilya Shobukhova "and the exaction of monies from her as the price to pay for enabling her" to compete.

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Who Controls Your Facebook Feed

The humans behind the algorithm.

Will Oremus | Slate | Jan 2015
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Top Stories: Chinese Markets Stumble Again; New York Salt Miners Stuck

Also: Congress sends President Obama a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act; Oregon residents want an armed group to leave; and nobody won the Powerball! The jackpot soared to $675 million.

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Rescue Crews Work To Free 17 Miners Trapped In Salt Mine In New York

Workers are using a crane to rescue the miners, according to local reports from Lansing, north of Ithaca. The first group was reportedly brought up early Thursday.

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China's Stock Market Plunges Again, Stoking Troubles Worldwide

With U.S. stock prices already seeing their worst three-day opening for a year since 2008, China's trading day lasted less than 30 minutes Thursday.

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Griffey Jr., Piazza Headed For Baseball's Hall Of Fame

In his first appearance on the ballot, Ken Griffey Jr. received 99.3 percent of the vote — the highest percentage ever. Mike Piazza got enough votes this year after falling 28 short in 2015.

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Texas Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Indicted And Told He'll Be Fired

State Trooper Brian Encinia is losing his job after being accused of perjury regarding how he treated Bland during a traffic stop. Bland was found hanged in her jail cell three days later.

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Company Behind Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Sues U.S. Government

TransCanada's lawsuit claims President Obama exceeded his authority when he rejected the pipeline in November. It is also filing a $15 billion suit under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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If You Like Cheap Gasoline, January May Be Your Lucky Month

Prices already are averaging less than $2 a gallon nationwide, and a new report shows gasoline inventories are surging. Experts say that sets the stage for more price drops in coming days.

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Native American Tribe Says Oregon Armed Occupiers Are Desecrating Sacred Land

The Burns Paiute tribe is demanding that the anti-federalist militants leave their ancestral lands.

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