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Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator

Josef Stalin watched Charlie Chaplin movies and signed execution orders at his summer villa in Sochi. It's now a museum, where the ruthless Soviet leader's paranoia is on full display.

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Found Recipes

Festive In Purple, This Pasta's Got A Sweet Side

Food writer Julia della Croce got quite a surprise when she discovered a purple variety of sweet potato at the market — and her signature Italian dumplings got a kick of color.

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Scientists Fear Ecological Disaster In Nicaragua's Planned Canal

The head of Nicaragua's Academy of Sciences says the plan for a new Central American shipping channel seems so crazy that he's having trouble persuading conservation groups to take it seriously.

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Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Tell Things Apart

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Festive In Purple, This Pasta's Got A Sweet Side

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For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope'

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Scientists Fear Ecological Disaster In Nicaragua's Planned Canal

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Georgia Clears The Road For Confederate-Themed License Plate

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Video Streaming Is Straining, But Who Will Ease The Tension?

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Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back

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Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator

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