A special police officer examines the scene after an explosion struck a public place in Ansbach, Germany, Monday. Bavaria's top security official says a man who blew himself near an open-air music festival in the southern German city was a 27-year-old Syrian. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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Syrian Suicide Bomber Injures 12 In Southern Germany

The man's request for asylum had been rejected; he was supposed to be deported to Bulgaria, according to German media reports.

Syrian Suicide Bomber Injures 12 In Southern Germany

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Soprano Marni Nixon, shown above in June 1988, was dubbed "The Ghostess with the Mostest" in TIME magazine. "Bad rhyme, but that sort of stuck," she said. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. Nixon dubbed the voices for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union soldier wrote in 1865. (Above) Union soldiers sit with their coffee in tin cups, their hard-tack, and a kettle at their feet. Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection/Flickr The Commons hide caption

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The Salt

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

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Politics

Rallies, Marches And A 'Fart-In': Philadelphia Gets Ready For The DNC

As Democrats prepare for their convention in Philadelphia, protesters are preparing, too. Bernie Sanders supporters and others are organizing rallies around the city.

Rallies, Marches And A 'Fart-In': Philadelphia Gets Ready For The DNC

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Arts & Life

At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

As the launch of the upcoming film coincides with the heroine's Comic-Con fandom, Wonder Woman appears to be hooking new fans for the same reasons she was birthed in 1941: justice, peace and feminism.

At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

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Shots - Health News

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

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For Brazil's Women, Laws Are Not Enough To Deter Rampant Violence

Alexsandra Moreira, a mother of four, was stabbed 21 times by her husband. "Even with all the laws, when everything was done to protect her by the book, we failed," says the prosecutor in her case.

For Brazil's Women, Laws Are Not Enough To Deter Rampant Violence

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"It's easier for me to sell direct to a customer now," says James Ernest, co-creator of the game Unexploded Cow. The board game is one of the most popular created by Ernest, who's made ample use of crowdfunding sites. Courtesy of Cheapass Games hide caption

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Business

Amid Board Game Boom, Designers Roll The Dice On Odd Ideas — Even Exploding Cows

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Sales of hobby games grew about 20 percent last year, and crowdfunding sites are opening doors for indie game designers. All this is paving the way for more than a few new and, well, inventive games.

Amid Board Game Boom, Designers Roll The Dice On Odd Ideas — Even Exploding Cows

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Consumer advocates took to the streets of Phoenix recently to protest against an Arizona utility's efforts to bill customers using a so-called "demand charge." If approved, Arizona Public Service would be the first utility in the country to place most of its residential customers on that kind of rate plan. Will Stone/KJZZ hide caption

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Energy

Uber But For Energy: Utility Surge Pricing Threatens Summer Cool

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Power companies are rushing to keep pace with the changing energy landscape. This transition is especially contentious in the desert Southwest, where energy needs are enormous during the summer.

Uber But For Energy: Utility Surge Pricing Threatens Summer Cool

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Carolyn Swords (left) and Tina Charles (right) of the New York Liberty look on before the game against the Indiana Fever on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Charles says she turned her warmup shirt inside out in support of recent shooting victims. Mike Stobe/NBAE/Getty Images hide caption

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WNBA Rescinds Fines Against Players Wearing Shirts Supporting Shooting Victims

"While we expect players to comply with league rules and uniform guidelines, we also understand their desire to use their platform to address important societal issues," says WNBA head Lisa Borders.

The Chinese government-selected Panchen Lama, Gyaincain Norbu (right), took part in the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on March 14. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Tibet, A Long-Banned Buddhist Rite Takes Place, But Not Everyone's Pleased

The Beijing-selected Panchen Lama is conducting a key Tibetan Buddhist ritual. It's the first time in 50 years the rite has taken place in Tibet. Critics say that's because China wants more control.

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Movie Interviews

'Lights Out': A Scary Swedish Short May Become This Summer's Sleeper Hit

A self-taught filmmaker and his wife made the terrifying film in just one evening, using IKEA lights and a homemade dolly. The 2 1/2 minute short has now been adapted for the big screen.

'Lights Out': A Scary Swedish Short May Become This Summer's Sleeper Hit

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A cyclist looks at the flowers and messages placed along the beach for victims of the recent terrorist attack in Nice, France, on Wednesday. The recent spate of attacks around the world has raised questions about the limits of counterterrorism. Claude Paris/AP hide caption

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A Summer Of Terrorism Points To The Limits Of Counterterrorism

The recent series of major terror attacks — from Orlando to Istanbul to Nice — have exposed some uncomfortable truths.

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Newport Folk Festival

Ryan Adams, Live In Concert

The Newport favorite brought along some special guests for Saturday's most anticipated set.

Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

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The Salt

For Japanese Parents, Gorgeous Bento Lunches Are Packed With High Stakes

It's cute ... but is it too much cultural pressure?

For Japanese Parents, Gorgeous Bento Lunches Are Packed With High Stakes

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right), and British Prime Minister Theresa May (left), listen to translations during a joint news conference in Berlin on July 20. They are the two most important figures in the negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union, the so-called Brexit. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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The 2 Female Leaders Who Have To Figure Out Brexit

Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have a mammoth task ahead: overcoming their differences over how to handle Britain's departure from the EU.

The Two Women Leaders Who Have To Figure Out The Brexit

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The algorithms that serve up what you like can often create closed loops of their own, packed only with people who agree with you already. Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images hide caption

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All Tech Considered

The Reason Your Feed Became An Echo Chamber — And What To Do About It

It often feels as if social media serves less as a bridge than an echo chamber, with algorithms that feed us information we already know and like. So, how do you break that loop? We ask some experts.