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  • Old-time music at a ranch? It's an American idyll

    Old-time music at a ranch? It's an American idyll

    It is late in the afternoon, that time when the light begins to soften and the orange groves seem to shiver in the breeze. More than six dozen people have piled into a century-old farmhouse in the Santa Clara River Valley for an old-time music concert.

  • From U.S. ally to prison to redemption in Afghanistan

    From U.S. ally to prison to redemption in Afghanistan

    Temour Ebrahim had little reason to be nervous when U.S. soldiers summoned him to their base in this edgy highway town 80 miles south of Kabul, the Afghan capital.

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  • The frog that jump-started Mark Twain's career

    The frog that jump-started Mark Twain's career

    In the humble-looking notebook of a luckless prospector staying in a cabin on Jackass Hill near here in California's Gold Country a century and a half ago, there's an entry barely longer than a tweet.

  • In Brazil's slums, residents band together to protest police shootings

    In Brazil's slums, residents band together to protest police shootings

    It was Holy Thursday, and Udson Freitas was sitting on the balcony of his small house in the Complexo do Alemao favela when a girl ran onto his street below, screaming.

  • At West Point, warriors shaped through Plutarch and Shakespeare

    At West Point, warriors shaped through Plutarch and Shakespeare

    So crisp in the morning light they were, nine cadets, dressed in fatigues and sand-colored boots, hearing the curious news that the poet would outlive the warrior. Shakespeare's rhyme lingered as if a sacrilege on a campus where soldiers have been mythologized for generations and graduates have...

  • Party for future moms, FYOE (freeze your own eggs)

    Party for future moms, FYOE (freeze your own eggs)

    If you peeked in on a recent party at the Viceroy Santa Monica, you might have noticed that the guests, almost all female, were chatting quietly, hesitantly, in pairs or trios. This wasn't a group of good friends — Prosecco and hors d'oeuvres aside.

  • Melissa Rivers: 'My whole life cannot be about my mother's legacy'

    Melissa Rivers: 'My whole life cannot be about my mother's legacy'

    Joan Rivers was about to die, and everybody needed her daughter, Melissa, to fix it. To magically bring her out of a medically induced coma. Keep her lucrative businesses afloat. Ease the pain of losing comedy's sassy surrogate grandmother.

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