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It was a cold December day when Sam Neher had his pocket picked in Istanbul.

Neher, a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, was wearing a winter jacket. "My passport was in a little pocket that was zipped, underneath a buckle," he recalls. But when Neher and his girlfriend stopped at a café, he says, "I noticed that the zipper was open and my passport was gone."

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ISIS was on the march this week, having captured the key Iraqi city of Ramadi and the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria. But it’s also a growing menace in other countries.

At least 33 Sunni Muslim extremist groups around the world have pledged "bayat," or allegiance, to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. According to the New York Times, these groups are active in 18 countries from North Africa to East Asia, and there are active ISIS cells in many more countries.  

John Phelan started collecting photography books just four years ago, and his trove is already "somewhere north of 3,500.”

The books, Phelan says, are “the closest you can get to the actual product," the experience of looking at a work of art the way the artist envisioned it. And getting that experience takes some doing: The majority of his books are issued in limited editions that are sometimes hand-numbered or signed. That makes them fetishized works of art in and of themselves, and they're snapped up in practically no time.

Noel Gomez was coerced into becoming a prostitute in Seattle when she was 16. Fifteen years, and lots of abuse later, she finally got out of "the life." Yesterday, she shared her story with us.

With joy, Irish return #hometovote on gay marriage

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They came from Thailand, from Egypt, from America, from the United Kingdom.

They were, as they tweeted, #hometovote.

That hashtag as well as others related to Friday's gay marriage referendum in Ireland trended worldwide on social media, as thousands of marriage equality supporters returned to a homeland in which they once felt unwelcome. The messages and images showed the joy and pride in their nation and this opportunity.

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I'm a lover of music, so it’s kind of shameful that the first time I came to New Orleans was just two years ago.

If you've ever felt guilty for laughing at a Seth MacFarlane show like "Family Guy," get ready to do it again. His latest offering, "Bordertown," is set to air on Fox in January.

The show is set in a fictitious Texas town near the US-Mexico border. The main characters are Ernesto Gonzales, a Mexican immigrant who's been in the US for decades, and his underachieving border guard of a neighbor, Bud Buckwald, an updated Archie Bunker type who can't understand why his world is changing.

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Discussing trade deals is generally about as exciting as watching grass grow, but a huge new pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership is firing up public opinion.

The deal, called TPP for short, involves the United States and 11 other countries that together represent close to a billion people and 40 percent of the world's economy. It's a big deal, but critics says it's also a bad deal, one that will hurt the average American.

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In Russia, a motorcycle gang lives by the motto, "Wherever the Night Wolves are, that should be considered Russia."

Vladimir Putin likes that.


Shortly after the fall of Ramadi was announced, reports began to filter in that ISIS fighers were conducting summary public executions of those loyal to the Iraqi government. 

That news hit home for Thomas Daly, a Marine veteran who helped American forces build alliances with local Sunnis and flush al-Qaeda militants out of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, in the spring of 2007.