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What if the devastating drought in the western U.S. doesn't end? A few years ago, the science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi started exploring what could happen."Lake Powell and Lake Mead were...
Pianist and composer Stephen Hough....
You wouldn't normally expect one of the great composers of the last few centuries to be meek, but how's this for humility?"Bach and Beethoven erected temples and churches on the heights. I only...
A group of Asian-American organizations — more than 60 in all — recently accused Harvard of holding Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard, requiring them to score better than their...
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Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Ai...
America's Funniest Home Videos has a new host.This week, after 15 years on the job, Tom Bergeron passed on the torch to Alfonso Ribeiro, who first captured America's heart as Carlton Banks on The...
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Jean and Carl Boenish in jump down a ledge towards camera....
Two climbers died May 16 as they attempted a wing suit flight in Yosemite National Park. Dean Potter and Graham Hunter were BASE jumping, a sport that involves parachuting from a fixed structure.The...
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American Ky Adderley (center) with his wife, Shanna Farrar Adderley, and the...
There is a joke among Brazilians that a Brazilian passport is the most coveted on the black market because no matter what your background — Asian, African or European — you can fit in here. But the...