A private entrepreneur who sells house and kitchen supplies waits for customers in May at his home in Havana. Austerity measures in Cuba and a drop in subsidized fuel from Venezuela are hampering the economy. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption

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Austerity Measures In Cuba Spark Fears Of A Return To Dark Economic Times

Since July, authorities have cut work hours, electricity and gas supplies. Those measures have prompted fears of a return to austere economic times. Meanwhile, Venezuela has cut subsidies to Cuba.

Austerity Measures In Cuba Spark Fears Of A Return To Dark Economic Times

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Shimon Peres, Israel's foreign minister at the time, visits his home village — once part of Poland, now in Belarus — in 1992. He was looking for his boyhood home, but it had long since been torn down. Like many of Israel's founding fathers, he traced his roots to Eastern Europe. Courtesy of Joanne Levine hide caption

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The Day Shimon Peres Returned To His Boyhood Village

Like many founding fathers of Israel, he was born in Eastern Europe. After the Soviet Union collapsed, he returned in 1992 searching for his old family home.

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We're No. 3: U.S. Infrastructure, Education Faulted In Global Competitiveness Index

The last time the U.S. ranked No. 1 in a key economic index was 2008. Key issues cited in the 2016 report: America's problems with its infrastructure, health and primary education systems.

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Parents Speak Out, Say FBI Arrest Saved Son On Verge Of Joining ISIS

Parents of a young man who pleaded guilty to trying to join ISIS met with community leaders this week. They made the case for why parents should report their kids if they suspect them of radicalizing.

Parents Speak Out, Say FBI Arrest Saved Son On Verge Of Joining ISIS

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Beekeepers inspect bee frames at the Hudson Gardens community apiary near Littleton, Colo. Modeled after community gardens, community apiaries allow beekeepers to maintain hives in public spaces — and offer each tips and support. Courtesy of Hudson Gardens hide caption

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The Salt

Beekeepers Benefit From The Hive Mind In Community Apiaries

Modeled after community gardens, the sweet setups allow beekeepers to maintain hives in public spaces. Beekeepers harvest not just honey, but also the collective knowledge of their colleagues.

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.

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The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World

Escuela Nueva (New School) isn't really new. But it is being praised as a kind of cutting-edge model that can teach the skills needed for jobs that robots can't do.

The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World

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A pangolin carries its baby at a zoo in Bali, Indonesia. Delegates at a U.N. wildlife conference have voted to ban commercial trade in all eight species of pangolin. Firdia Lisnawati/AP hide caption

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Pangolin, The 'Artichoke With Legs,' Earns Top Trade Protection

World leaders at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreed to ban all commercial trade in pangolins, small and endangered mammals that also resemble aardvarks.

Andrea Tantaros (right) is pictured in 2013 with her co-hosts of the Fox News show The Five. Tantaros says she was later demoted to being a host of the midday show Outnumbered, with a smaller audience, less promotion and less visibility. Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP hide caption

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Suspended Host's Lawsuit Casts Shadow Over New Fox News' President

Suspended Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has accused former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes of sexually harassing her. She says Ailes' former chief deputy, Bill Shine, acted to shut down her complaints.