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The Feb. 2, 2015 Issue 

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cover story

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Instant Fame!

(P. 6)

Alex Lee became a star when a photo of him working the cash register at Target went viral. What’s behind this new kind of celebrity?

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Cyberwar: The U.S. vs. North Korea

(P. 14)

A Hollywood comedy, a computer hack, and the latest standoff between the U.S. and the world’s most bizarre totalitarian state

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the big picture

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Nine Lives, Two Faces

(P. 2)

A big picture and news brief about a two-faced cat


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Is Torture Ever Justified?

(P. 8)

A new report on the C.I.A.’s brutal interrogation of terrorism suspects has reignited the debate over the use of torture.

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Should Schools Eliminate Sports Teams?

(P. 22)

Two experts weigh in on the issue.

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news & trends

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News and Trends

(P. 4)

The poop bus, what King Tut really looked like, the etiquette of nose rings, and more


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In God We Believe?

(P. 12)

Seven states still officially bar atheists from holding public office. A group of nonbelievers is trying to change that.

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times past

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1955: The Birth of Fast Food

(P. 16)

How McDonald’s and other fast-food chains changed the way Americans eat—and live

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(P. 24)

Some lighter looks at the news

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