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Earthquakes strike Japan and Ecuador, Bernie Sanders meets Pope Francis, and the National Weather Service stops writing in all caps 

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Choosing Words

"There is this idea that writing beautifully or writing powerfully is somehow separate from clear thinking," says Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me. "It’s not."

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A married couple kill 14 people at a center for the disabled, Chicago’s police chief resigns, and a teenager named Bud Weisser is arrested for trespassing at a Budweiser brewery

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Russia drops thermobaric bombs on Syrian antigovernment forces, an independent expert calls the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice “objectively reasonable,” and a girl in Texas can’t stop sneezing

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The president of Guatemala resigns, the war-crimes trial of Bosco Ntaganda begins, and 32 cockatiels inherit $100,000

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The Chinese stock market plummets, the Islamic State beheads an archeologist, and Hamas detains a dolphin for espionage 

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