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No Indictment, Again

A Staten Island jury has decided not to indict any of the police officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

How a Los Angeles Car Chase Turned Into a Skateboard Chase

A skateboard is not a very good getaway vehicle.

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The Strange, Cool Job of Picking the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Meet the Rock's head gardener, responsible for finding NYC's most iconic holiday tree.

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What Could 50,000 More Police Body Cameras Really Achieve?

It depends on what the end goals are.  

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A Power Grid Failure Left Detroit Government Buildings in the Dark. Again.

More than 900 sites, including fire stations, hospitals and schools, were left without power Tuesday.

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The Clone of My Hometown in China

Why the country is building its own version of the American West.

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How Costumed Tours Helped Transform Quito

By stirring pride in Ecuador's history, the tour group Quito Eterno contributed to the revival of its capital city.

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The Way Congress Has Funded Transportation Since 2008 Is Not Entirely Legal

Transfers from the general treasury into the Highway Trust Fund violate a 1974 budget act.

Chicago Is a Wonderland of Fat-Themed Businesses

Fat Daddy's, Fat Sam's, Fat Tony's, Fat Ricky's, Fat Boys, Fatty Magoo's... what's behind this celebration of big-bonedness?

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Here Are the Top 6 Designs for the Guggenheim Helsinki, and They're All a Bad Idea

Finns are right to ask whether Helsinki needs the Guggenheim as much as the Guggenheim needs the harbor city.

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Open-Source Mapping the World's Most Vulnerable Regions Will Save Lives

Urgent humanitarian aid missions are slowed when cities are largely unmapped. Missing Maps aims to change that with the help of volunteer cartographers and local residents.

Road sign, “East 66 / West 66,” Williams, Arizona, circa 1970s. (Collection of Steve Rider)

The End of America's Love Affair With Route 66

For a brief time in American tourism, travel was about the journey. Here's how it came to be about the destination.

Jordana Timerman

In Buenos Aires, There's a Time and a Place for Smashing Things

Porteños have a reputation for short fuses. Enter the Break Club.

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What Can 'the Mystery' of Cell-Phone Data Tell Us About What a City Needs?

Tracking communication patterns can help city planners improve digital and other infrastructure by revealing the behaviors of residents.

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You'd Never Know From These Beautiful Maps That U.S. Infrastructure Is Crumbling

These monochrome renderings depict only roads.

1Week1Project

A Sky-High Memorial to Qatar's Rising World-Cup Death Toll

Each building stone represents one deceased Nepalese migrant worker.

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Meet the Start-Up That Wants to Turn Your City Into One Big WiFi Hotspot

Veniam aims to connect urban vehicles to an "Internet of moving things."

Am I In Las Vegas?

An Interactive Map Shows Leaving Las Vegas Is Easier Than You Think

It also helps residents of Vegas' many unincorporated communities determine whether they're covered by city services.

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Everyone Should Get Pre-Check Status at the Airport

Premium airport "pre-screening" doesn't make the rest of the line move any faster, and chips away at a chance at real security reform.