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After deadly smuggling case, officials charge truck driver and decry ‘crime against humanity’

SAN ANTONIO — The people packed into the sweltering tractor-trailer needed air. They banged on the walls for help, but the vehicle kept going. Trapped with as many as 200 people in the pitch-black trailer, they took turns breathing through a hole in the side. Some just passed out.They had been ta
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In Detroit, ‘the rage of oppression.’ For five days in 1967, riots consumed a city.

The 11-year-old boy stood on a corner on July 23, 1967, and stared in amazement as a dry cleaners in his neighborhood burned. The fire flickered and jumped with a kind of fury the boy had never seen. From across the street, he could feel the intense heat of the flames, fueled by the dry-cleaning c
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Trump had ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Now Democrats say their economic agenda is ‘A Better Deal.’

Completely sapped of power in Washington, top leaders of the Democratic Party now believe that the best way to fight a president who penned “The Art of the Deal” is with an economic agenda that they plan to call “A Better Deal.”The campaign-style motto, panned by some liberal activists as d
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He thought he just had blisters from a hike. He had flesh-eating bacteria and nearly died.

Wayne Atkins thought little of the blisters he had gotten while hiking. He was trekking up and down the 4,500-foot-high Mount Garfield in New Hampshire — 10-miles round-trip — and blisters were no surprise.He was in the Granite State for a family member's early June wedding, which went off with
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Secrets of pinball wizards: There’s plenty of science in those machines

Gravity, friction and magnets aren’t just the stuff of science class. They’re also responsible for the addictive thrill of pinball.Now you can explore the science behind the arcade classics at a new exhibition that exposes the playful secrets of pinball tables.It’s called “The Art and Scie
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Michael Phelps vs. a shark: The bizarre history of humans racing animals

A few months after embarrassing Adolf Hitler by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Jesse Owens traveled to Cuba for an exhibition race against Julio McCaw.Owens was the fastest runner in the world, but when he lined up against his opponent during halftime of a soccer ga
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‘Psych wards’ aren’t what you think. I’ve seen lives saved there.

There was a soft hum.I was writing notes on my computer when I heard it. At first, I thought it was an online ad from my browser or maybe someone’s cellphone in the room. But I couldn’t tell where it was coming from.I stopped typing and listened. A medical student in the room paused as well. The
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Please keep this guy away from rousing charter school debate

Along with many Americans, I enjoy intense arguments about charter schools, the tax-supported institutions independent of school districts. I happily air my biases and skewer the squishy defenses of my foes.People like me have to watch out for Zachary W. Oberfield, an associate professor of politica
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Republicans are in full control of government — but losing control of their party

Six months after seizing complete control of the federal government, the Republican Party stands divided as ever — plunged into a messy war among its factions that has escalated in recent weeks to crisis levels. Frustrated lawmakers are increasingly sounding off at a White House awash in turmoil a
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Clinical trials for cancer could use more older people

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040. Yet seniors are underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.The newest evidence of the imbalance comes from a Food and Drug Ad
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