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On The Enduring Power Of David Bowie's Parting Gift

Blackstar, the album Bowie released days before his death in January, set the tone for a fraught year. "This was an album that many of us returned to to cope with 2016," says NPR's Ann Powers.

Friends and family members attend a memorial service for 17-year-old twin brothers Edward and Edwin Bryant who were shot and killed in October. Chicago has logged more than 700 homicides this year, more than any other major U.S. City Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Gun Deaths In Chicago Reach Startling Number As Year Closes

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The Case Against The College Football Playoff

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On The Enduring Power Of David Bowie's Parting Gift

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Migrants pray in a tent city in Rome, on Aug. 1. The migrants are mostly from Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan. In 2016, more migrants arrived in Italy than in Greece, which was the top destination a year earlier. Most of those reaching Italy are from sub-Saharan Africa rather than the Middle East. Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Italy Surpasses Greece As Top Euro Destination For Asylum Seekers

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No one is sure why the northeastern part of Brazil has been hit so hard with microcephaly cases. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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How Dangerous Is Zika For Babies, Really?

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'Twin Peaks' Revival Promises Weirdness And Mystery — But Is That Enough?

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