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Hagel Would Be First Former Enlisted Soldier To Run Pentagon

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Christmas A Busy Season For Tamale-Makers

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Brooklyn Side Los Straitjackets
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Ronan at 2 years old. "I know Ronan's purpose in life was to shed light on this disease," says his mother, Maya Thompson. "This is why I will continue to fight for childhood cancer for the rest of my life." Courtesy of Maya Thompson hide caption

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Finding New Meaning In The Loss Of A Son

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Detroit Three Look To Revive Their Luxury Brands

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That Philly Thing [Instrumental] George Thorogood & the Destroyers
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Fact Checking 'Hitchcock': The Man, The Movie And The Myth

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In March 2011, at the beginning of the Syrian uprising, protester Ibrahim Abazid made a massive white flag out of a sugar sack. This picture of him waving the flag in his hometown of Dera'a became a hugely popular image. Now Abazid hopes to serve on a city council in Dera'a. Courtesy of Ibrahim Abazid hide caption

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As Syrian War Grinds On, A Rebel Keeps Reinventing Himself

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Kenyan Susan Oguya created an app to help farmers in her homeland. Shown here in the office of her company, M-Farm, she also belongs to the group Akirachix, which seeks to bring more Kenyan women into the tech world. Gregory Warner hide caption

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Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture'

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Beyond 'Downton': BBC Shows You May Have Missed

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