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Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail

With jobs and populations growing in the cities, it's no surprise that retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, are trying to adapt their models to suit urban areas. Competition from online stores is also contributing to a changing retail landscape.

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Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse?

Rio de Janeiro is racing to ready itself for the 2016 Summer Olympics. But it's facing difficulties: ballooning budgets, pollution, questions about the development plans and rising crime. Some wonder whether ordinary Brazilians will benefit.

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A Heinrich Himmler Documentary, In His Own Words

The film premiered a week ago at the Berlin Film Festival and is based on previously undiscovered letters and diaries. The documentary offers an uncomfortable insight into the mind and emotions of the Gestapo and SS chief.

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Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail

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Got Road Salt? Cities Across The Country Are Running Out Of It

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At Iranian Colleges, Some See Brighter Future In Another Country

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For Snake-Handling Preacher, 10th Bite Proves Fatal

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DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required

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