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Parallels

Digging Deep To Build The Tallest Hotel In Iran

Ebrahim Pourfaraj started digging a giant hole in Tehran well before sanctions were lifted. He's betting Iran's economy will open up, attracting investors and visitors who've long been locked out.

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Gone With A Gunshot, His Little Sister Remains 'Eternally 8'

Home alone with his sister, Sean Smith, then 10, stumbled upon a .38 revolver. In a single cataclysmic moment, Smith's sister was dead — and in all the years since, he hasn't lived the accident down.

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For Pro Athletes, Knowing When It's Time To Call It Quits

Earlier in the season, many suggested Peyton Manning was through and should retire. He has since rebounded and will lead his Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers in Sunday's NFL Super Bowl.

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