The HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief airs Sunday — over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials. Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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Religion

Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.

Code Switch

Wonderful, Ridiculous, Head-Scratchingly Pointy Mexican Boots Are Now A Designer Item

The infamous boots started in rural Mexico, made it to Texas, and finally ended up on the runways of Paris. A look back at this bizarre fashion trend.

People examine the rubble following an air strike near the airport in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Thursday. Saudi Arabia said it carried out bombing raids in neighboring Yemen as Houthi rebels, allied with Iran, continued their offensive in the country. Yemn's president fled the country Wednesday and was reported to be in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

How Yemen's Chaos Stretches Beyond Its Borders

The U.S. has lost a key base for counterterrorism operations. The proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. And one more Middle Eastern state has dissolved into chaos.

A meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1950s was based on much the same 12-step program used today. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.

Not so ugly, eh? Supposedly imperfect produce rescued and reclaimed for consumption by Bon Appetit and Better Harvests. Far left and far right: Courtesy of Ron Clark/Better Harvests. Center three images: Courtesy of Bon Appétit Management Company hide caption

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The Salt

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

"Abraham Lincoln held this seat in Congress for one term but few faced as many defeats in his personal, business and public life as he did," Rep. Schock said on the House floor Thursday. Kris Connor/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

In Bidding Farewell, Rep. Aaron Schock Compares Himself To Lincoln

The Republican from Illinois will resign his seat at the end of the month. His resignation comes after weeks of questions about his judgment, lavish lifestyle and spending.

Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on FX's Justified, which is based on a novella by Elmore Leonard. The show's creator, Graham Yost, says the only "tussle" the writers had with Leonard happened during the pilot, over which hat Raylan should wear. Prashant Gupta/FX hide caption

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Television

'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."

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