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Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City

Rebels captured the eastern half of Aleppo, the country's biggest city, two years ago. Now President Assad's army looks likely to drive them out in what would be a major blow to the opposition.

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Drug-Sniffing Dogs Ease Parents' Minds — Or Confirm Their Fears

Companies around the country are helping parents search their kids' rooms for drugs. But civil liberties groups say they're crossing a line — and police have their own concerns.

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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.

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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor
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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth
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Like Clockwork, Impeachment Talk Surfaces — But Action's Unlikely
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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime
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Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online
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Drug-Sniffing Dogs Ease Parents' Minds — Or Confirm Their Fears
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Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists
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Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City
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How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game
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Nessun dorma The Three Tenors
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