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cover story

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Bagging Plastic

(P. 6)

Los Angeles joins a growing movement to ban plastic shopping bags.

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Putin’s Power Play

(P. 14)

Russia’s president threatens neighboring Ukraine— and alarms the world

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Has the War in Afghanistan Been Worth It?

(P. 23)

President Obama is planning to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year


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(P. 24)

Some lighter looks at what’s in the news


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Who Should Be Allowed to Marry?

(P. 8)

As more states legalize same-sex marriage, the issue may be headed back to the Supreme Court

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heads up

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Pushing the Pause Button

(P. 20)

Science shows that by pausing, you can help shape your destiny through self-control

the ethicist

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J.D. Salinger’s Final Wish

(P. 22)

Three of the late J.D. Salinger’s unpublished short stories were recently leaked online.


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Move . . . or Else

(P. 10)

Why is China’s government forcing millions of farmers to move into cities?

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times past

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1954: Separate Is Not Equal

(P. 16)

Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court changed America when it banned segregation in public schools in Brown v. Board of Education

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news & trends

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News and Trends

(P. 3)

The science of selfies, gladiator school, military pizza, and more

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