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The Container Park in April of 2014. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is spearheading the Downtown Project, an effort to revitalize downtown Las Vegas.

Remaking Vegas In A Tech Billionaire's Image: Will It Last?

Fifteen minutes north of the iconic Vegas Strip is the economically depressed downtown Las Vegas, a much-forgotten part of town. It's also an area of tremendous change in recent years, since it's the heart of tech billionaire Tony Hsieh's ambitious Downtown Project — an effort that's part urban revitalization, part social experiment.

Three years in, it's not going as quickly as he expected.

Largest Unit Of Gambling Giant Caesars Files For Bankruptcy

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Yosemite Dawn Wall Climbers Reach The Top After 19 Days

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Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

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Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Faces Second Round Of Public Flogging

We've been following the story of Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who is being publicly flogged 50 times each week over 20 weeks for insulting Islam. Badawi is set to receive 50 lashes Friday in the port city of Jeddah despite appeals from around the world that he be pardoned.

Ensaf Haidar, his wife, told Amnesty International she fears Badawi may be unable to withstand a second round of flogging.

Garry Usher oversees the five lamplighters employed by British Gas. Each night, members of his crew wind up, by hand, the clocks that control when the lamps, like this one at St. John's church in Smith Square, turn on and off.

Carrying The Torch For London's Last Gas Lamps

In the United Kingdom, British Gas employs 30,000 workers. Five of them could be said to carry a torch that has been burning for two centuries. They are the lamplighters, tending to gas lamps that still line the streets in some of London's oldest neighborhoods and parks.

As these lamplighters set out on their nightly rounds, they don't actually carry torches and don't wear top hats and waistcoats. In their blue and gray jackets with the British Gas logo, they look like 21st-century utility workers.

Bar-headed geese after a molt, hobnobbing in Mongolia.

Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

The bar-headed goose is famous for its long, annual migration from the Indian subcontinent to central Asia, a flight that takes it over snowcapped Himalaya Mountains so high and dangerous that human climbers struggle just to stay alive.

Pope Francis disembarks from the plane upon his arrival at the airport in Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday. In comments to reporters aboard the plane, Francis said though the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine was an "aberration," free speech "cannot make provocations," especially against people's faith.

Pope Francis Backs Freedom Of Speech — But Within Limits

Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it comes to someone's religion, in comments aboard the Papal Plane that made reference to the deadly attack last week on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Francis defended freedom of speech, calling it a fundamental human right, but said it must not cause offense.

Bruno Mbango Enyaka gets his flu shot at a community health center in Portland, Maine, on Jan. 7.

This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Pretty Wimpy, But Can Still Help

As expected, this year's flu vaccine looks like it's pretty much of a dud.

The vaccine only appears to cut the chances that someone will end up sick with the flu by 23 percent, according to the first estimate of the vaccine's effectiveness by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Leana Wen became Baltimore's health commissioner on Thursday.

Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

When I was just beginning my third year as a medical student, I learned an important lesson about what matters most in health.

It was a typical summer afternoon in St. Louis, with the temperature and humidity both approaching 100. My patient was a woman in her 40s who was being admitted to the hospital because her lungs were filling with fluid, a complication of kidney failure. She had missed all three dialysis appointments that week.

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