Soccer buddies Lahis Maria Ramos Veras, 14 (left), and Milena Medeiros dos Santos, 16, don't let taunts keep them from playing. Lahis goes by the nickname "Lala."
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They're called lesbians and "macho girls." Their teams don't get much financial support from the public sector. But teenagers like Lala and Milena love the sport so much that they keep on kicking.
A study by two U.S. senators estimated that 99 percent of cable TV subscribers rent their set-top boxes and pay on average $231 a year to do so.
A study estimated that 99 percent of cable TV subscribers rent their set-top boxes and pay on average $231 a year to do so. Groups want to make it easier for consumers to own similar devices.
Hillary Clinton participated in 25 primary debates during her 2008 campaign — experience which should serve her well on Tuesday night. But she still has to appear likable and at ease on stage this time.
Hillary Clinton needs to appear likable and trustworthy, while Bernie Sanders needs to appear presidential. Others need to make the case for why voters should give them a look.
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Ernest Hemingway revises For Whom The Bell Tolls, in Sun Valley, Idaho, in November 1940.
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Perdue, the poultry giant, acquired the Niman Ranch name and reputation of raising animals without antibiotics in September.
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Relatives mourn Mohammad Ikhlaq Saifi in his village outside New Delhi last month. The Muslim man was lynched, allegedly by a Hindu mob, after he was accused of killing a cow.
A Muslim man was lynched by a village mob that accused him of killing a cow. As Hindu nationalists gain ground, critics say they are threatening Indian traditions of pluralism.
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Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards listens while testifying on Capitol Hill last month.
President Cecile Richards said accusations that the organization illegally profits from tissue provided to researchers have "nothing to do with our fetal tissue donation compliance process."
In this photo taken in 2011, worshippers are pictured inside the Al-Iman Mosque after midday prayers in the Queens borough of New York. The NYPD disbanded the special unit tasked with carrying out surveillance of Muslim groups in 2014.
A U.S. appeals court compared the police department's program to past discrimination against other groups of Americans. It reverses a lower court's ruling that found police did not violate the rights of Muslims.
In the new Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, the deaf lead actors have doubles in the background who speak and sing for them, and everyone signs.
The hit musical only closed six years ago, and now it's back, in a well-reviewed revival featuring hearing and deaf actors, who sing and sign during the performance.
Ali Akbar Salehi, top, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, delivers a speech as lawmakers and officials discuss a bill on Iran's nuclear deal in parliament on Sunday. The parliament approved an outline of a bill allowing the deal's implementation.
Sunday is "adoption day" for Iran — the day it will begin sharply curtailing its nuclear program as part of the deal reached this summer with the U.S. and other world powers.
After watching The Martian, you may be wondering: How do astronauts do their business while weightlessness? This video, featuring Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, explains.
Twitter's board named co-founder Jack Dorsey the company's permanent CEO last week.
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How do you say, "Wall Street is getting frustrated," in 140 characters?
Day was born to perform: She's able to channel the likes of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday in songs that feel candid and vulnerable, but not understated.
"There's a reason everybody's looking at Paul — he is the consensus choice," fellow Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said of Rep. Paul Ryan. "Other people may be able to step up to the plate, may be able to forge that consensus. But we already know Paul has already forged it."
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Ryan's ability to walk a fine line between the Republican Party's hard-line conservative and establishment wings goes back years and has made him "everybody's choice" to run for speaker of the House.
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Almost three-quarters of people will experience lower-back pain at some point.
Most people don't need scans or surgery, but they do want relief from lower-back pain. Physical therapy isn't a cure, a study finds, but it did help some people regain mobility more quickly.
Hugh Hefner poses for a photograph at his home at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills in 2011.
The magazine has included naked photos of women since its debut in 1953. It said it is making the change as a result of competition from the Internet.
An ed-tech company says its free online platform will revolutionize individualized learning. Skeptics call it digital snake oil.
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Changes to the Affordable Care Act haven't been easy to come by, but President Obama just signed into law a relaxation of some requirements for small businesses.
A legal change eases some of the health insurance requirements for small employers. It may also help bolster coverage for their workers.
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Part of the reconstructed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane is seen prior to the presentation of the Dutch Safety Board final report on what caused the Boeing 777 to break up high over eastern Ukraine last year.
The missile manufacturer released its own report, disputing the findings and instead pointing the blame for last year's crash of the Boeing 777 at Ukrainian forces.
In 2012, the court barred mandatory life sentences for juveniles convicted of murder. Now the justices will consider whether that ruling should apply retroactively to more than 2,000 convicted offenders.
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This week's essential mix includes several discoveries, including the gritty rock group Diet Cig, the pop group Motel Beds and Twin Limb, a band that finds new ways to use an accordion.
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The National Mall, looking west from the Capitol, pre-2007.
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Centerstage for many historic protests and demonstrations, the National Mall has fallen on hard times.
Lab workers test wine for authenticity in a lab run by the French Finance ministry in Bordeaux.
Take a close look at the glass of wine you're drinking; there's a chance it could be plonk disguised by an upmarket label. Demand has driven up the price of wine, making conditions ripe for counterfeiters.
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SABMiller, owner of Miller Genuine Draft beer, has agreed in principle to merge with Budweiser brewer Anheuser Busch InBev. If the deal is finalized, the new company would be the largest beer company in the world.
If the deal is formally agreed upon, the company would own around 31 percent of beer sales around the world.