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Why lowering nicotine in cigarettes could change the course of health

FDA Director Scott Gottlieb has proposed discussions about drastically cutting nicotine levels in cigarettes. This could result in some of the biggest health gains in history.

The legal threat to diversity on campus

For colleges and universities that lack the multi-billion-dollar endowments of schools like Harvard, the mere threat of legal action may be enough to put an end to race-conscious admissions policies.

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A makeshift memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack in Barcelona. Police killed five men August 18 believed to have been involved. AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

Are Islamic State recruits more street gang members than zealots?

With terrorists striking again in Spain and in Finland, one cannot help but ask -- again -- why people want to follow the Islamic State. Some new theories are emerging.

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North Korea

Images of Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are shown on a news program in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Why didn’t sanctions stop North Korea’s missile program?

The international community has been trying to stop North Korea from developing long-range missiles for decades. So how did North Korea get them?

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The road to India’s partition

At midnight on August 15, 1947, India achieved freedom from more than two centuries of colonial rule. Hours earlier, Pakistan was declared a new nation. Was partition inevitable?

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