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In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.

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Many Seek Justice In Ferguson, Mo., But Will Have To Wait Awhile

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From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man

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An Ebola Quarantine Triggers A Riot In A Liberian Slum

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No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

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Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel

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In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

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Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

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