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More than half of the top 10 box-office hits this year have centered on female characters, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. But only a few — like Pitch Perfect 2 — were written or directed by women. Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures hide caption

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This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

NPR film critic Bob Mondello notes that this year's most popular movies are surprisingly womancentric. That's more than at any other time in at least three decades.

Sad Piano Matti Paalanen
Castle Walls Musée Mécanique
We Build Strong Trees Tundra Lights
Kangaroo Court Capital Cities
Mouth Breeder Sleeping People

A view of Atlantic City, N.J., in October. Two of the towering casinos in this photo, the Showboat (third tower from left) and the Revel (far right) closed last year. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post hide caption

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In Atlantic City, A Silver Lining For Casinos Left Standing

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Tune Down Chris Joss
T.I.B.W.F. The Budos Band

More than half of the top 10 box-office hits this year have centered on female characters, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. But only a few — like Pitch Perfect 2 — were written or directed by women. Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures hide caption

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This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

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World Championship Finale 2: Run the World (Girls)/Where Them Girls At/ The Barden Bellas
Maria Juana Empressarios

Ari Zivotofsky (right) with his son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in 2011. Menachem, now 12, was born in Jerusalem, but the court ruled Israel cannot be noted as the birthplace on his passport. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Court Sides With President Over Congress In 'Jerusalem' Passport Dispute

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Bonus Beat 2 [Instrumental] Celph Titled & Buckwild
Glaciers Of Ice Wu-Tang Clan

The new spacecraft, called LightSail, is orbiting Earth. Future versions could travel to the moon and beyond. The Planetary Society hide caption

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Solar Sail Unfurls In Space

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Keep on Pushin Blktop Project
Going Nowhere Lounge Piranha

Carol and John Iovine say the health coach their insurer assigned John after he had a torrent of grave health problems in 2014 has helped them get the medical care he still needs. And it's helped keep him out of the hospital. Todd Bookman/WHYY hide caption

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Insurer Uses Personal Data To Predict Who Will Get Sick

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A researcher found that online medical searches may be seen by hidden parties, and the data sold for profit. Stuart Kinlough/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Online Health Searches Aren't Always Confidential

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My Burr Minotaur Shock
Fiesta De Los Feos Spam Allstars
White Winter Hymnal Portland Cello Project
Beauty Beats Beats Antique
Soul Vibration J-Walk

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