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A $17,850 urine test. A disastrous plot to kill a North Korean leader. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Here’s what you missed during a busy news week.

What prison could look like one day

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Pillow-top mattresses, central air and ice cream. It sounds like resort life – but it’s prison. One state says it’s the key to reform.

Another Russian attempt to influence the US election

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Russians released an anti-Hillary Clinton video game called “Hilltendo” weeks before the 2016 US presidential election. It’s one of the strangest ways Russians tried to influence the election, showing just how creative Russian trolls were willing to get.

Where abortions are bought online

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Risking arrest or death, women in this remote African country turn to social media as an illicit marketplace for drugs to end unwanted pregnancies.

A walk through history

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Rep. John Lewis was beaten so badly during a 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that he thought he would die. Fifty-three years later, we join his bipartisan pilgrimage back to Selma, Alabama.

The myth of the ideal woman

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Society has obsessed over the female form for centuries, but what it has considered the “ideal” body has changed constantly. In each era, that obsession has had damaging effects on women under pressure to conform.

The lemongrass burrito is the new America. Can either party keep up?

The new Orange County

The 45th congressional district of California is at the forefront of a new trend that’s steadily reshaping the landscape of House seats across the country: the growth of racial and ethnic diversity.

Obama’s legacy: He held on to hope … and got blindsided


Barack Obama’s confidence in American democracy was one of his greatest political weaknesses, writes Julian Zelizer, editor of a forthcoming book on Obama’s legacy. Here, he and seven of the nation’s top historians discuss some of the ways Obama did – and did not – change America.

Opinion: I had the coolest job on the planet


Tower Records, the empire built by the late Russ Solomon, was a mecca for teens, writes Katia Hetter. The store was a magical place to hang out with musicians, get early access to new releases and learn about real life.