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Politics

Week In Politics

8 min

Week In Politics

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A young man fulfilling his alternative civilian service, instead of compulsory military service, attends a patient last year in a hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. The German government has announced plans to scrap compulsory military service and optional community service, a decision that has left German social service agencies scrambling to fill an anticipated labor shortfall. Thomas Kienzle/AP hide caption

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Europe

As Germany Ends Draft, Fears Of A Labor Shortage

4 min

As Germany Ends Draft, Fears Of A Labor Shortage

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Sports

The Year In Sports

4 min

The Year In Sports

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Economy

Temporary Work For The Holiday Season

8 min

Temporary Work For The Holiday Season

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A stained glass window in the Notre Dame de la Paix (Our Lady of Peace) basilica in Yamoussourkro, Ivory Coast. Sia Kambou/Getty Images hide caption

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Music Interviews

Kent Tritle: One Man, Three Messiahs

6 min

Kent Tritle: One Man, Three Messiahs

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Imported from China, the abacus has been used in Japan for hundreds of years. Abacus literacy was a prerequisite for many white-collar jobs as late as 1980, until the arrival of pocket calculators. Now, the ancient tool is staging a comeback. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Modern Japan Hopes Ancient Abacus Aids Academics

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Actor Jimmy Stewart, shown with Donna Reed, in a still from the 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra. RKO Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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National

Jimmy Stewart Museum Needs A Bailout

3 min

Jimmy Stewart Museum Needs A Bailout

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