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  • U.S. Embassy worker undaunted by Taliban attack, injuries
    U.S. Embassy worker undaunted by Taliban attack, injuries

    Lying in a ditch, his head throbbing from the bomb blast, Abbas Kamwand wiggled his toes. He was shocked to discover that he still could.

  • What kind of prison might the inmates design?
    What kind of prison might the inmates design?

    The workshop leaders came laden with markers in colors other than red and blue (gang colors), drafting rulers crafted from museum board (too dull to double as weapons) and kiddie scissors (ditto).

  • Christian and Muslim clerics plead for peace
    Christian and Muslim clerics plead for peace

    In the midst of horrific attacks that killed thousands and caused an exodus of Muslims from Central African Republic, clerics are reaching across the sectarian divide to preach reconciliation. One cleric asks: 'Why do you want to kill this boy?'

  • In a decaying resort area, a pot war erupts
    In a decaying resort area, a pot war erupts

    Transients hole up in the old cottage resorts where vacationing families once came to fish and swim. Rotted docks and pier pilings litter the lake's shoreline.

  • In this group, she's just Gloria Molina, quilter
    In this group, she's just Gloria Molina, quilter

    L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina shows her fabric-loving softer side at the East Los Angeles Stitchers, which she and friends founded to share their love of quilting and bring more Latinas into its sisterhood.

  • Painter takes WWII vets back in time with traveling portrait exhibit
    Painter takes WWII vets back in time with traveling portrait exhibit

    Inside an air-conditioned hangar in the Sonoran Desert, a man in a red and black kilt sat in the shadow of a Supermarine Spitfire and painted.

  • Your brain is your joystick in neurogaming
    Your brain is your joystick in neurogaming

    Lat Ware pauses to straighten his jacket and organize his chaotic mind. For Ware, who has attention deficit disorder, standing in the halls of a gaming conference as people rush by can feel like being in a hurricane of humanity.

  • Syrians flee broken Aleppo as army closes in
    Syrians flee broken Aleppo as army closes in

    Minutes after the barrel bomb eviscerated the crowded market, those still alive had to contend with matters of survival — and collecting what little remained of the dead.

  • Theater troupe takes on Jewish female stereotypes
    Theater troupe takes on Jewish female stereotypes

    Ronda Spinak squeezed more folding chairs into a Brentwood living room, which that afternoon had been transformed, with much shuffling of couches and tables, into a temporary theater.

  • Thai Muslim mosque in Azusa is a work of faith
    Thai Muslim mosque in Azusa is a work of faith

    It is near midnight. The Ramadan prayers have just been said, the congregants have paid respect to Allah and headed home. Only the gray-haired imam and his wife remain at the little house of faith they have devoted their lives to.

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