Bradley Cooper (right) plays Chris Kyle in American Sniper. The film has become a cultural phenomenon and has spawned knee-jerk squabbling. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

Five members of the Friendship Nine (from left to right): Willie Thomas Massey, Willie E. McCleod, James F. Wells, Clarence Graham and David Williamson, Jr. sit at the lunch counter at Five & Dine diner in Rock Hill, S.C. on Dec. 17, 2014. Jason Miczek/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Judge Throws Out Friendship 9's Civil Rights-Era Conviction

The nine men integrated a whites-only lunch counter in 1961. When they refused to pay a fine, their "jail, no bail" strategy became a rallying cry against Jim Crow.

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Bobby Bare Jr.: Tiny Desk Concert

The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.

Passersby watch a TV news program Wednesday in Tokyo reporting on a video posted on YouTube by extremists that purports to show Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Jordan Says It's Willing To Swap Prisoner For Hostages Held By ISIS

A video released by the Islamic militants demanded the release of the convicted terrorist within 24 hours, or two hostages — a Jordanian military pilot and a Japanese journalist — would be killed.

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The Salt

Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It? OPB

An Oregon company has developed a high-tech process for turning sewage into pure drinking water. Now it's asking the state for permission to give its recycled water to a group of home brewers.

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Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

Tony Simmons is a former heroin addict and drug runner who had been in and out of jail. Today, he helps many of Baltimore's 3,000 homeless residents — with housing guidance, advice and hugs.

A postcard of Junipero Serra from around 1915. Pope Francis recently announced that he will canonize Serra when he travels to the U.S. this fall. Lake County Museum/Corbis hide caption

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A Saint With A Mixed History: Junipero Serra's Canonization Raises Eyebrows

Pope Francis announced he will elevate the influential missionary to sainthood when he visits Washington, D.C. But Native American groups say Father Serra was far from saintly.

Some fake Apple stores like this one in Kunming, in China's southwestern Yunnan province, were so authentic-looking that even some of their employees didn't know they were fake. Stephen Shaver/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

A fake bank in Nanjing bilked customers out of nearly $33 million. With trappings of a real bank, like security guards and LED screens, the bank fooled depositors attracted by higher interest rates.

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Officers Ask Map App To Remove Police-Tracking

In the aftermath of the shooting death of two NYPD officers, law enforcement officials are asking the popular navigation app Waze to remove a feature that allows users to see officers' locations.

Rafael Nadal (right) shakes hands with Tim Smyczek after winning a match at the Australian Open on Jan. 21. Rob Griffith/AP hide caption

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Sweetness And Light

NFL Could Learn A Lesson From The Tennis Court

As Deflategate and other embarrassing incidents continue to hit the NFL, Frank Deford says a selfless act by a little-known tennis player could teach the league something about fairness.

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