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In the Philippines, a Model for Confronting Nearly Every Disaster

The scenery around Legazpi is dazzling, but nearly all of the most striking features can kill people by the thousands.

What Country Does Your State's Life Expectancy Resemble?

How California and Virginia can be as different as Liechtenstein and Brunei

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Yes, There's a War on Swans

One of our more attractive invasive species is finally coming under fire.

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'If You Can't Afford a Car, You Should Still Be Able to Vote'

Cincinnati may move its only early voting station out of downtown, a shift that could make access near-impossible for the city's car-less.

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New York's Legal Battle Over Stop and Frisk Comes to an End

The new mayor plans to settle the landmark case. 

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Russia Ramps Up Security for the Winter Olympics

The country is deploying 50,000 soldiers and police for the Games.

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Why San Francisco's Sheriff Wants to Help Prisoners Sign Up for Obamacare

Helping ex-offenders get insured could have real public safety benefits. 

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Naturally, You Can Now Buy Seahawks-Themed Pot at a Seattle Marijuana Dispensary

Of course.

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This Year's Super Bowl Has a Particularly Embarrassing Neighbor

Chris Christie described it as "the ugliest damn building" in the state, "and maybe America."

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How One Conservative Mayor Sold His Suburban Community on a More Urban Future

The GOP leader of Mesa, Arizona, championed a new property tax; loves mass transit; and lured liberal-arts colleges to his city. Can these moves propel him to higher office in a red state?

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Brazil Faces Another Round of Anti-World Cup Demonstrations

Over 2,000 people marched through the streets of São Paulo this weekend.

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There Are No Gay People in Sochi, Says the Mayor of Sochi

"I am not sure, but I don't bloody know them."

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How the Republican Plan for Immigration Reform Repeats the Mistakes of the Drug War

The SAFE Act could lead to overcrowded prisons and misplaced law enforcement priorities.

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Why Chicago Wants to Turn a Struggling Neighborhood Into a National Park

Officials want to turn Pullman, America's first company town, into a historic hotspot for tourists. Will they come?

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In Madrid, Street Performers Worry They'll Be Regulated Out of Existence

New rules limiting busking have not gone over well at all with the city's struggling arts community.

Protests in Kiev Turn Deadly

At least two people have been killed in violent clashes between Ukrainian police and pro-Europe protesters.

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Why Didn't New Jersey Mayors Stand Up to Chris Christie?

The best way to stop a bully is to speak out, but disappointingly, officials waited until the governor was vulnerable to air their complaints.

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Hating Paris Is So Hot Right Now

The world's most beautiful city just keeps getting attacked in the English language press.

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Why Free Sunday Parking Is a Bad Deal for Everyone

Weekend meter fees can reduce circling time, help local businesses, and generate money for transit.