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The Sept. 7, 2015 Issue 

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10 Things You Need to Know About China

(P. 14)

What does China’s growing economic and military power mean for the U.S.— and for you? We explain in 10 questions and answers. Part 1 of 2.

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Should Police Wear Body Cameras?

(P. 6)

While video can tell us a lot about encounters between the police and the public, body cams also raise concerns about privacy.

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the big picture

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Africa’s Tree-Climbing Goats

(P. 2)

A big picture and a news brief about goats that climb argan trees in Morocco to get food


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So You're 18. Now What?

(P. 12)

More than any other birthday, 18 transforms your world. What you need to know about your new rights and responsibilities.

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Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

(P. 22)

Two experts weigh in on the issue.

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news & trends

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News and Trends

(P. 4)

Head transplants, emoji passwords, Shakespeare’s lost play, and more

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All Dried Up

(P. 8)

California’s record-breaking drought shows that Americans can no longer take water for granted.

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times past

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From the Vote . . . to the White House?

(P. 18)

American women have come a long way in the 95 years since the 19th Amendment gave them the right to vote.

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(P. 24)

Some lighter looks at the news

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