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As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki

For more than 300 years, children have performed kabuki, Japan's classical theater, in the village of Damine. But as residents age or leave for cities, Damine is running out of young performers.

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Sanders' Health Plan Renews Debate On Universal Coverage

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Fueled by low gas prices and a stronger economy, Americans drove a record 3.15 trillion vehicle miles in 2015. But the additional driving may lead to more pollution and traffic gridlock. Zoran Milich/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheap Gas Means More Driving And Getting Stuck In Traffic

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As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki

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Avant Guard: At LA's Broad Museum, A New Approach To Protecting Art

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Russian Pranksters Feature Obama In Fake Anti-Smoking Ad

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