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2014: The Year When The Job Market Finally Turned The Corner

Seven years after the Great Recession began, the U.S. job market finally is growing at a robust pace. In November, employers added 321,000 workers, raised wages and extended the average workweek.

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Liberian President's Ambitious Goal: No New Ebola Cases By Christmas

But with the virus popping up in remote places and crossing over from neighboring countries, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf knows the battle is far from over.

Zodiac commando boats arrive at the rear of the French luxury yacht Le Ponant, whose crew were held hostage by pirates. The French navy frigate Le Commandant Bouan is seen in the background, off Somalia's coast in April 2008. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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EU Court Orders France To Compensate Somali Pirates

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that pirates, who hijacked two French vessels, should get up to 7,000 euros each because of a delay in producing them before a judge.

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Code Switch

Civil Rights Attorney On How She Built Trust With Police

Over the past 20 years, the Los Angeles Police Department has been reformed to work better with minority communities. One of the main forces behind that reform has been attorney Constance Rice.

An undated handout image released by the British Museum of a headless sculpture of the river god Ilissos. The British Museum has put the sculpture, one of the Elgin Marbles, on loan to the Hermitage Museum in Russia, the first time one of the Parthenon sculptures has been lent. AP hide caption

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Greece Condemns British Museum For Lending Out Elgin Marbles

Athens has long demanded the return of the ancient sculptures it says were looted in the early 1800s from the Parthenon and other famous structures.

Vikram is the first child to wear a Khushi Baby necklace, which will keep track of his immunizations. He's at a vaccine clinic in Rajasthan, India. Ruchit Nagar/Courtesy of Khushi Baby hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Baby's Necklace Could End Up Being A Life Saver

In countries like India, where vaccine records are kept on paper, kids often miss a dose — with potentially fatal results. Now some Yale students have come up with a high-tech (and cheap) solution.

NASA astronauts, from left, Rex Walheim, Jack Fischer and Cady Coleman, cheer as they watch the landing of the Orion test flight on a television at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Friday. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After Triumphant High-Orbit Test

The spaceship, which could one day take astronauts to Mars, circled Earth twice in just under 4 1/2 hours to test its basic systems.

Tiny Desk Concerts

Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

It's amazing how satisfying Philip Glass' string quartet music sounds on four guitars. The interlocking parts are transparent and the music seems to breathe.

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