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Ardent Atheists Spread Their Reverence For Disbelief

Amid the religious evangelists in San Diego's Balboa Park, there's a table with a banner that reads, "Relax, Hell Does Not Exist." These atheists are looking for converts.

Soldiers march during a graduation ceremony for recruits of the Libyan army in Tripoli, the capital, on Jan. 16. The military, gutted by years under Moammar Gadhafi and by NATO attacks, faces multiple challenges as it tries to rebuild. Ismail Zitouny/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army

In post-Gadhafi Libya, the militias, not the military, provide security — what little there is of it. Even as world powers lend help, rebuilding the gutted army is proceeding at a glacial pace.

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Sweetness And Light

It's Time To Shrink Home Plate

Commentator Frank Deford has a modest proposal to make baseball more interesting: cut an inch and a half off each side of home plate. It'd lead to a better game to both play and watch, he says.

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Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics Say
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Soldiers march during a graduation ceremony for recruits of the Libyan army in Tripoli, the capital, on Jan. 16. The military, gutted by years under Moammar Gadhafi and by NATO attacks, faces multiple challenges as it tries to rebuild. Ismail Zitouny/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army
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Activists protest Uganda's anti-gay legislation in Nairobi, Kenya, this month. LGBT status has been grounds for asylum in the U.S. since 1994, but winning refugee status can be difficult, particularly for people who are unable to obtain visas to the U.S. before applying. Dai Kurokawa /EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Ardent Atheists Spread Their Reverence For Disbelief
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