Migrants crowd an inflatable dinghy as members of the Italian coast guard approach them off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea on April 22. Alessandro Di Meo/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

For Europe-Bound Migrants, Desperation Outweighs Risks

At a charity center in Sicily, survivors of the dangerous sea crossings from Libya to Italy face legal and economic limbo and a frosty welcome. But it's still better than the places they fled.

Fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill pledged to remove all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu two years ago. It's now fulfilled that promise. Courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill hide caption

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The Salt

Chipotle Says Adios To GMOs, As Food Industry Strips Away Ingredients

Chipotle's move is the latest example of the food industry ditching ingredients, as consumers demand a say in what's in their dinner. Some of these ingredients are more questionable than others.

Parallels - World News

With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

Afghanistan's security is heavily dependent on elite forces like the commandos. Faiz Mohammed Wafa decided to join the fight against the Taliban after seeing his mother beaten on the street for not covering her ankles.

For all the good aspirin can do in preventing second heart attacks and strokes, taking it daily can boost some risks, too — of ulcers, for example, and of bleeding in the brain or gut. iStockphoto hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, editor of Charlie Hebdo, is seen Sept.19, 2012. PEN American Center's decision to give the French satirical magazine its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award has prompted six writers to withdraw from the annual event. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

An engraving of the Sultana explosion, published in Harpers Weekly, May 20, 1865. An estimated 1,800 people died in the explosion and ensuing fire --€” more than died in the sinking of the Titanic. Library of Congress hide caption

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History

The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

On April 27, 1865, a steamboat named the Sultana exploded and sank while transporting Union soldiers up the Mississippi. An estimated 1,800 people died, but few today have heard of this disaster.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter earlier this month in Tokyo. Abe's visit to the U.S. this week features an agreement for the Japanese military to have a more active role. Franck Robichon/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

For Japan's Prime Minister, U.S. Visit A Chance To Elevate Image

Shinzo Abe will have a summit with President Obama, sign a security agreement and make a historic address to a joint meeting of Congress during his weeklong visit.

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