A Hungarian army officer closes the gate of Hungary's new fence on the 110-mile border with Serbia. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has taken a number of controversial steps against migrants. Darko Bandic/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Hungary's Leader Pushes His Anti-Migrant Platform To Bolster Support

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has adopted staunchly anti-migrant positions to try and win back supporters from the far right, which is making significant gains.

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Code Switch

How Startups Are Using Tech To Mitigate Workplace Bias

The idea that everyone makes automatic, subconscious associations about people is not new. But now some companies are trying to reduce the impact of such biases in the workplace.

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Book Reviews

A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.

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A customer browses at an outdoor market in Copenhagen. Danes' increasing willingness to buy and consume just-expired products has helped make them, arguably, the world champions in the fight against food waste. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Salt

Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.

An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector cuts a uranium enrichment connection at Iran's Natanz facility, 200 miles south of Tehran, in 2014. The U.S. Congress is expected to address the Iranian nuclear deal this month. One unresolved issue: How much work might Iran have done previously on weaponizing its program? Kazem Ghane/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

An Unanswered Question About Iran's Nuclear Program

Congress plans to address the Iranian nuclear deal this month. One unresolved issue: How much work might Iran have done previously on weaponizing its program?

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Already culturally superstitious, 17th century lower classes were quick to adopt tea leaves instead of some of their cumbersome and often dangerous methods of divination, such as the use of molten metal, hot wax or the entrails of animals. Corbis hide caption

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The Salt

For Centuries, People Have Searched For Answers In The Bottom Of A Tea Cup

The practice of reading tea leaves had its heyday during Victorian times, when fascination with the occult and self-analysis thrived. It was safer than other forms of divination, and persists today.

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It's All Politics

CNN Just Found A Way To Get Carly Fiorina Onto The Debate Stage

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO has been fighting CNN's September debate criteria after making gains in GOP presidential primary polls in recent weeks.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Kentucky Clerk Denies Marriage Licenses

The high court on Monday rejected Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' request, based on religious objections to same-sex marriage, that she continue to be excused from issuing marriage licenses. On Tuesday, she refused to issue any marriage licenses.

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Goats and Soda

An Angry Young Man Leads Protests Against India's Affirmative Action

At 22, Hardik Patel is challenging the system of reserving jobs and college slots for socially and economically challenged castes. He's drawing crowds of 500,000 — and tensions are rising.

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President Obama and Michelle Obama went a little Troop Beverly Hills at a Girl Scout campout on the South Lawn earlier this summer. We doubt survivalist Bear Grylls is going allow the president to bring those lanterns on their trek. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

5 Skills President Obama Will Need To Survive A Day With Bear Grylls

While in Alaska, President Obama will be a guest on a survival show that takes celebrities into the wilderness to eat mice, rappel off cliffs and more.

People who don't get enough sleep show higher levels of inflammation, say scientists who study colds. Smoking, chronic stress and lack of exercise can make you more susceptible to the viruses, too. Frederic Cirou/PhotoAlto/Corbis hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Sleep More, Sneeze Less: Increased Slumber Helps Prevent Colds

Just a couple extra hours can make a real difference, a study shows. Adults who slept only five or six hours were four times more likely to get sick when exposed to a common cold virus.

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