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Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers' Hearts

Rush hour took on new meaning this week when a dog jumped in front of a commuter train and began to run.

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A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before

As Russia takes control, the story of Reshat Ametov sends an ominous signal to Crimea's Tatars.

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'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing

Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?

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Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska decided not to compete in Friday's slalom race, in a show of solidarity with protesters in Kiev. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years

Shirley Temple starred in reliably formulaic movies — a little girl loses a parent, but unlocks the iron hearts of those around her with smiles and song.

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Opera singer Renee Fleming will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" live on Sunday night. Larry Busacca/Getty Images hide caption

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Billie Jean King spoke with CNN after being named to the delegation, saying "I'm very proud to go as an athlete, and as a gay woman." Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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