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Instrumental Jonny Fritz
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Would time spent with Anton Chekov, famed for his subtle, flawed characters, make you a better judge of human nature? Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

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Yet Again Grizzly Bear
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I Don't Want You as a Ghost Tired Pony
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Many of the special effects in the action-adventure film Gravity were generated by computers — but star Sandra Bullock also had to put in a good deal of work, with choreographed movements simulating weightlessness. Warner Bros. hide caption

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Sandra Bullock, Boxed In On The Set Of 'Gravity'

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So So Freely AgesandAges
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Dime Store Thriller Will Bernard
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Just Like Downtown
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Eagle Rock Marco Benevento
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Syrian youths line up for food distribution in the Maiber al-Salam refugee camp in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey. The U.S. government has provided more than $1.5 billion in aid to Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Do You Know What The U.S. Government Is Up To In Syria?

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Job seekers line up outside a work support office in London in 2009. New measures proposed by the Conservative-led government will require recipients of unemployment benefits to do unpaid community work, spend workdays at a job center or participate in intensive programs to help solve personal issues that prevent them from working. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Tories Tell Jobless Brits: It's Time To Work For Your Dole

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We See Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts
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Whirl Fred Hersch Trio
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Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents'

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Blessed Assurance Cyrus Chestnut
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Lobby Call Law of the Least Effort
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