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  • What foiled New York subway attack says about lone-wolf bombers

    When New York officials gathered outside the Port Authority in Manhattan on Monday to discuss the failed subway bombing a few hours earlier, they expressed a city’s collective sense of relief. On a packed subway system that serves more than 5.6 million riders, its cars and platforms teeming with shoulder-to-shoulder commuters every workday, many New Yorkers have long been aware of the havoc a single explosion could wreak. “Let’s be clear, as New Yorkers, our lives revolve around the subways,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:18:12 -0500
  • In Alabama election, a state wrestles with its identity

    Loyal supporters of controversial Republican candidate Roy Moore have expressed pride in his unbending, court-defying stand for faith in God, traditional marriage, and the unborn, and his railing against the GOP establishment and “fake news.” It’s the kind of rabble-rousing, nose-thumbing rebelliousness for which Alabama has long been famous. “Alabama’s always had a fiercely independent streak,” explains GOP pollster and consultant Whit Ayres. “George Wallace came from Alabama, and stood in the schoolhouse door to tell the federal government to get lost,” says Mr. Ayres, referring to the Democratic governor of Alabama who opposed integration in the turbulent 1960s, when the state was ground zero for the civil rights movement.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:23:22 -0500
  • These 'Star Wars' fans combine dressing up with doing good

    Dozens of members of the “Star Wars” fan groups – the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion – headed out in the rain dressed as characters ranging from Princess Leia Organa to Stormtroopers to the malevolent Darth Vader himself. Recommended: Could you survive the Star Wars universe? Both the 501st Legion, which represents the dark side of the “Star Wars” universe, and the Rebel Legion, which represents the good guys, have charity and giving back as central aims.

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:50:10 -0500
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