Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shake hands after signing a power-sharing pact in Kabul Sunday. The first vote in the election was held in April; a runoff followed in June. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan Rivals End Dispute — And A Long Election Season

The top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan have signed a power-sharing deal, ending months of bitter disputes over who will succeed Hamid Karzai.

Sisters of the Servants of Mary from Kansas City, Kan., at a rally in 2012. Catholic employers don't want to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives, but Catholic insurance companies have quietly arranged for coverage for years. John Hanna/AP hide caption

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Health Care

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

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Code Switch

MacArthur Fellow Trains Lawyers To Work For Clients, Not Judges

American courtroom culture, says Jonathan Rapping, prioritizes quick prosecutions over defendants' rights to due process, so he co-founded an organization to train public defenders against this.

"Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway," Gilbert Gottfried says. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images hide caption

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Passionate Proclamations With Gilbert Gottfried

The legendary stand-up discusses "crossing the line" in comedy. Then, in his signature voice, he whispers sweet nothings into your ear in a game about famous romances throughout history.

A new comic features Captain Citrus teaming up with the Avengers to defeat a villain. The new superhero, who uses the power of the sun to generate "energy items," is sponsored by Florida's citrus industry. Florida Citrus hide caption

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Marvel's New Hero Wants To Save The World — And The Citrus Industry

Captain Citrus is sponsored by Florida's orange growers, whose profits are being hurt by disease and declining consumer demand for orange juice.

Members of the Mehdi Army militia, which once fought U.S. forces in Iraq, take part in training in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on June 17. The militia's fighters now find themselves allied with the U.S. against the self-declared Islamic State. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

U.S., Iraqi Militias Join In Uneasy Alliance

Shiite militias that once fought bitterly against U.S. forces in Iraq are now the beneficiaries of American airstrikes against the Islamic State. There's distrust all around.

Mammuthus columbi, the Columbian mammoth, used to be common in America, but went extinct about 10,000 years ago. The specimen found south of Dallas is estimated to be 20,000 - 40,000 years old. Illustration by Karen Carr/Perot Museum of Nature and Science hide caption

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Mammoth On The Move: Rare, Nearly-Intact Skeleton Heads To Dallas KERA

The skeleton lay buried in a gravel pit for tens of thousands of years.

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Venetians celebrate during the Festa del Redentore in Venice. The festival began in 1576 when the Republic's Senate voted to build a church on the Giudecca Island to Christ the Redeemer to thank God for the city's deliverance from the plague. Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images hide caption

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Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages, yet they improvised brilliantly. Their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.

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