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Parallels

Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges

What do you do if your country is extremely rich and wants to give its college students a first-rate education without leaving home? Qatar has imported a host of U.S. universities that include Georgetown, Northwestern and Cornell.

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Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges

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Tammy Boudreaux (right) with her partner, Laura Perez. Boudreaux is weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing health insurance. Courtesy of Tammy Boudreaux hide caption

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Shots - Health News

A Texas Social Worker Weighs Her Insurance Options

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A Texas Social Worker Weighs Her Insurance Options

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High school students from Lancaster, Calif., held yard sales and bake sales to raise money to build a new house for Iraq War veteran Jerrell Hancock, center. Unlike Hancock's current mobile home, the new house will be wheelchair-accessible. Courtesy of Jamie Goodreau hide caption

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National

For An Injured Vet, A True Homecoming On The Horizon

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For An Injured Vet, A True Homecoming On The Horizon

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Step back in time: This is what 100 million years ago looked like, in a galaxy far, far away. ESO hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Christmas Now: How To Be The Center Of The Universe

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The Christmas Now: How To Be The Center Of The Universe

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Ben Stiller has revisited James Thurber's henpecked daydreamer Walter Mitty in a new film that lets him become more conventionally heroic. NPR's Bob Mondello charts the character's changing fortunes over the years. Wilson Webb/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Another Life For The Surprisingly Multifarious Walter Mitty

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South Sudanese troops have retaken the flashpoint town of Bor, north of the capital Juba. James Akena/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Clashes Continue In South Sudan Despite Calls For Cease-Fire

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The Bombardier Challenger 300 is one of the most popular midsize business jets in production. Canada-based Bombardier has boomed in the two decades since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed. Todd Williamson/AP hide caption

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Parallels

NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies

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NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies

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