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  • On a night out, Minnesotans hope to get lucky at meat raffle
    On a night out, Minnesotans hope to get lucky at meat raffle

    They sit at a table near the bar, the three farmer's daughters and their boisterous friend, all of them single, in their 40s and 50s. With Johnny Cash on the jukebox, their cocktails before them, they're ready for an action-packed Saturday night.

  • His own words help bring down New Orleans prosecutor
    His own words help bring down New Orleans prosecutor

    Sal Perricone always had something to prove. Growing up poor and Italian in a city dominated by Creoles and Anglos, Perricone found respect on the streets after high school by becoming a cop. He pulled graveyard shifts to put himself through college and eventually took night classes to earn...

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This psychologist helps comedians keep laughing

Ildiko Tabori has never stood on a stage trying to make strangers laugh, doesn't write jokes and admits that she's not great at telling them. Trying to recount something clever she heard, she makes advance apologies: "I'm not going to do it justice."

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  • 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.

  • Jesus Burgers offers Isla Vista food for body and spirit
    Jesus Burgers offers Isla Vista food for body and spirit

    Angela Boyd bounced on the balls of her feet as the smell of sizzling meat pierced the ocean breeze. The 19-year-old and her friends were about to celebrate her birthday in Isla Vista, but they were making a pit stop at the Jesus Burgers house.

  • One man's uphill fight to stem childhood obesity
    One man's uphill fight to stem childhood obesity

    A short walk from the fast-food drive-throughs, taco joints and doughnut shops lining Hawaiian Gardens' palm-tree-dotted main drag, a classroom of energetic kindergartners begins a well-rehearsed routine.

  • 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.

  • Pair live their passion for L.A., and share it through an app
    Pair live their passion for L.A., and share it through an app

    Claire Evans is on a mission: to get you to love L.A. She's come up with a jam-packed itinerary to show off the not-always-obvious magic of this sprawling, jumbled-up city — a hidden garden built as a labor of love by an Iranian immigrant, a taco stand that may or may not be able...

  • Owens Valley relic hunter not one to back down
    Owens Valley relic hunter not one to back down

    Norman Starks, the anti-hero of Owens Valley, greeted a stranger at his door with something like a defiant haiku.

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