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Is Brazil Ready for Its Close-Up?

(P. 8)

All eyes will be on Brazil for this summer’s World Cup. But is it ready for its close-up?

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Are We Still Fighting the Civil War?

(P. 14)

Almost 150 years after the end of America’s bloodiest war, it’s still being fought.

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Should Schools Have Valedictorians?

(P. 23)

Two experts weigh in on the issue.


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(P. 24)

Some lighter looks at what’s in the news


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Designer Babies

(P. 6)

Science may soon allow parents to assemble a more perfect baby. Is that a good idea?

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All By Themselves

(P. 16)

What happens to children coming to the U.S. illegally—and alone?

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the ethicist

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Hairy Situation

(P. 22)

Is it OK to charge women more than men for the same haircut?


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Hitting the Snooze Button

(P. 12)

Hundreds of high schools across the country are starting classes later so you can sleep in.

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times past

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10 Photos That Made History

(P. 18)

Ten photographs that had a real impact on America

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news & trends

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News & Trends

(P. 3)

Brand-new emotions, outguessing the C.I.A., international food fight, and more

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