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Chuck Coma in his mother's kitchen. Since his return from a federal prison in Butner, N.C., he experiences flashbacks from war and his time in jail. Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos hide caption

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When A Prisoner Returns Home With A Brain Injury, Freedom Isn't So Free

Chuck Coma was one of the thousands of people assaulted in federal prisons each year. His cellmate nearly killed him. But it's now up to his family to take care of him.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow described the poverty of his Ohio hometown during his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. Since then, the Athens County Food Pantry has received a flood of donations from around the U.S. Adam Hunger/Getty Images hide caption

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Heisman Winner Spotlights Hunger In His Hometown, And Food Pantry Donations Pour In

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Mokusho Mark Barrott
Mirror Kordan
Fahrenheit 451 Hans Zimmer
a pearl on the back of the lid Multa Nox
As God and Everest Pop Unknown
nunds tolles den-mate

Patients are treated for dengue fever at a hospital in Nicaragua, one of the countries where the virus is surging this year. Alfredo Zuniga/AP hide caption

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Why Dengue Fever Cases Are Hitting Record Highs In Latin America

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Blame It on the Tetons Modest Mouse
Hail Bop Django Django
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Luminous Beings Jon Hopkins
Behind the Wheel Symmetry

Chuck Coma in his mother's kitchen. Since his return from a federal prison in Butner, N.C., he experiences flashbacks from war and his time in jail. Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos hide caption

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When A Prisoner Returns Home With A Brain Injury, Freedom Isn't So Free

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Greendrive #2 Andrew Wasylyk
Here Comes My Girl Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks Dec. 10 in Mexico City during an event to sign an updated trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It was just one development in a week that exposed deep cracks in the global trading system. Henry Romero/Reuters hide caption

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7 Days That Shook 7 Decades Of World Trade

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Chess Anders Eljas & London Symphony Orchestra
Ventura City Of The Sun
143 I Love You Mellotron Variations

A piece of birch pitch from Syltholm, in southern Denmark, has proved to be a remarkable source of ancient human DNA. Theis Jensen/Nature Communications hide caption

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What Ancient 'Chewing Gum' Can Tell Us About Life 5,700 Years Ago

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Thousands of new holiday songs have been released since 1994, but none have become standards in the way pop songs about Christmas routinely did in the '60s, '70s and '80s. What's the challenge of cracking the tiny yuletide canon? Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Are There No New Christmas Songs?

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All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey
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