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Legal-Weed Laws Won't Protect You on Campus

Now that more than a dozen cities and states have decriminalized marijuana, colleges are having a tough time figuring out where they stand on the issue.

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Why the New Climate Deal Between the U.S. and China Is a Major Surprise

The plan does not involve the EPA, but rather counts on a series of initiatives to be undertaken in partnership between the two countries.

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Letting Brazil's Homeless Speak for Themselves

Social media projects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo illuminate the lives of the homeless in Brazil's biggest cities—without value judgments.

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Gentrification 'Without the Negative' in Columbus, Ohio

A local arts group moved into an abandoned factory. What does it mean for the surrounding neighborhood?

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On This Day in 1926, America's Interstate Roadways Were Numbered for the First Time

Long before the Interstate Highway System, the country's mishmash of independent trails officially became part of a numerical system.

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New York City's Marijuana Reform Doesn't Go Far Enough

The NYPD may no longer arrest people for pot possession—but the new system may be no better.

Egg-Freezing Parties Aren't Going Away Any Time Soon

They've jumped from Manhattan to the West Coast. How much farther might they spread?

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How Will Cities Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Two recent forward leaps, from the U.N. and London.

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The Lack of Equal Bathroom Access for Women Is a Global Design Flaw

It's a subtle form of discrimination, a health risk, and maybe a massive economic concern. The upcoming World Toilet Day 2014 is a call to action.

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The Berlin Wall Is Everywhere

A quarter century after its removal, sections of the infamous concrete barrier have found new homes all over the world.

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What Guy Fawkes Day Looked Like in Cities Around the World

Bonfires and masks for everyone's favorite anarchist.

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Put Down the Traps and Guns—Coyotes Will Outsmart Them Every Time

A growing number of coyotes are pressuring cities to act aggressively, but hunting them can actually encourage larger populations.

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25 Years After the Wall, Overall, Berlin Is a Happy City

A new survey reveals optimistic attitudes across Germany's capital, though there are still distinct differences between Easterners and Westerners.

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The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

Vallejo, California, residents were initially psyched to spend tax dollars on their pet projects. But things haven't turned out as they had hoped.

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This Year's Minimum Wage Initiatives Fell Way Short

Four red states passed referendums on higher minimum wages Tuesday, but it's not enough.

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How Transit Measures Fared on 2014 Midterm Ballots

It wasn't a great night, but it was far from a total loss.

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The Biggest 2014 Election Losers: Marijuana Prohibitionists

The fortunes of political parties wax and wane, whereas the movement to legalize cannabis won key victories Tuesday that portend a generational shift in drug policy.

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The Superheroes Will Need to Save Themselves

Officials hope to tiptoe around First Amendment rights to regulate costumed characters in places like Times Square or Hollywood Boulevard. Elmo and Spidey's best bet? Get organized.

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Mayor Accused of Disappearing Students in Mexico Has Been Caught

Despite the successful arrest of the abduction's alleged mastermind, the crisis has reminded the nation of an uglier past.