A Syrian man carries a girl on a street covered with dust following a government airstrike in Aleppo on Tuesday. Rebels took the eastern half of the city in 2012 but are now in danger of being forced out by President Bashar Assad's troops. Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels

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.

Tom Robichaud launched his business, Discreet Intervention, six months ago. Here, he works his dog in a vacant office building, hitting on a cylinder containing cocainelike drugs. Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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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.

A customer holds his Mega Millions lottery ticket at Tobacco Plus in Muncie, Ind. Researchers say lotteries often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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U.S.

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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