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A Most Violent Year

Homicide rates are spiking in cities across the U.S., after falling since the 1960s. New research and recent crime data paint a bleak picture for Americans' safety, and it has violence prevention scholars trying to figure out what led to the changes—and when

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Airlines Ban Big Game Trophies After Cecil the Lion Death

Delta, United and American Airlines have announced that they will no longer allow shipments of carcasses and body parts of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses and buffalo following global outrage over the death of Cecil the lion

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Sandra Bland's Family Files Lawsuit Over Death

Sandra Bland's family will file a federal lawsuit over the 28-year-old's death in police custody, according to the family's attorney. The lawsuit will target the trooper who arrested Bland "and others responsible for [her] death"

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Emma Watson: My U.N. Work Gives Me 'Sense of Peace'

The actress took on the role of U.N. goodwill ambassador in the summer of 2014 and spoke at the U.N. that September, launching the HeForShe campaign. The campaign's goal is to motivate men and boys to push to end gender inequality

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GOP Presidential Forum Avoids Unwanted Drama

The "Voters First" forum in New Hampshire featured 2 rounds of questioning of 14 candidates, almost entirely geared to each candidates' strengths and stump-speeches — but party leaders will be happy with the event for prioritizing policy over pageantry

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Democrats Block Move to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Democrats blocked a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood. The Republican proposal failed to reach a 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster in a 53-46 vote that fell mostly along party lines

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Egypt's Youth See Violence as Only Way to Protest

Youths are growing increasingly open in their calls for violence, frustrated by the police crackdown since the military ousted President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Some want to avenge friends and family killed or abused by police

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Mormons To Shed Light on Church's Origins

The Mormon church is taking another step in its push to be more transparent, and is releasing more historical documents that shed light on how Joseph Smith formed the religion

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50 Cent Declares $108,000 in Expenses Per Month

Rapper 50 Cent says in a Connecticut bankruptcy court filing he spends $108,000 a month on his expenses, including $5,000 for gardening. He has a monthly income of $185,000, mainly from royalties and interest on his investments