U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century. Gerard Fouet/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990. The U.S. reversed Saddam Hussein's aggression, but it was just the start of the U.S. military role in Iraq that's spanned four presidents and a panoply of goals.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Review Of Leaked Test Results Shows Doping Is Widespread In Track And Field

The reports are based on the results of more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. Experts said analysis shows the sport's governing body has failed to take sufficient action against dopers.

Conan O'Brien's been sued by a comedy writer who alleges he's been stealing jokes. But journalist Larry Getlen warns not to assume the worst: In the world of topical comedy, similar jokes are bound to arise. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Performing Arts

Caught In The Act: Joke-Stealing In The Age Of Twitter

When comics tell jokes about the news, they're bound to come up with similar punch lines. But comedy writer Larry Getlen says that, while joke theft does happen, it's still rare.

Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five. Ed Anderson/Courtesy of Ten Speed Press hide caption

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The Salt

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

A classic French dish, confit de canard was originally a way to preserve meat, and traditional recipes can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.

At age 12, pianist Joey Alexander has made fans out of some very accomplished fellow jazz musicians. His debut album, My Favorite Things, was released in May. Rebecca Meek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music News

A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery

In the midst of releasing his debut album and playing the Newport Jazz Festival, 12-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander is staying centered.

Demonstrators hold up a placard of a man with his hands up during the "Justice For All" march in Washington, D.C., last December. Numerous protests have brought attention to police violence against people of color. One lawyer, while emphasizing that police are responsible for behaving professionally, also wants to give black men advice on how to survive encounters with police. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Law

A Lawyer's Advice For Black Men At Traffic Stops: 'Comply Now, Contest Later'

Attorney Eric Broyles teamed up with a police officer to pen a handbook for African-American men dealing with police encounters. Above all, he recommends clarity, empathy — and getting badge numbers.

Reggie Watts calls his form of entertainment "disinformationist." He disorients his audience, sometimes talking non-sense and switching seamlessly between accents — all improvised on the spot. Kyle Christy hide caption

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My Big Break

Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

The comedian and Late, Late Show band leader beatboxes, imitates and impersonates with amazing accuracy. It was a phone call from Conan O'Brien that put Watts' one-man show into the spotlight.

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