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President Hassan Rouhani's election last year gave many Iranians hope, but he has not offered a clear path out of the country's current problems, which include a weakening economy, tough sanctions and nuclear talks that are dragging on.

For Iran, The Trend Lines All Seem To Point In The Wrong Direction

Oil prices are at a five-year low, inflation is on the rise, the currency is sinking and nuclear talks are dragging on with no end to sanctions in sight. Those are the grim indicators confronting Iranians as winter approaches.

Iran's leaders are counseling resilience and patience, but Iranians aren't finding much to be hopeful about, although they're dealing with it in their own way.

Tehran businessman Iliya Zakeri, reached via Skype, says bread prices are up about 30 percent, just when buying power is down as the currency falls, and people are definitely unhappy about it.

A woman raises her hands during an interfaith service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach.

In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

African-American clergy, academics and activists will hold a march on Washington this week, protesting the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City and call on the federal government to intervene in the prosecutions of police officers accused of unjustified use of force.

Police In Other Communities Are Consumed By Ferguson

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Stephen Hawking Gets A Voice Upgrade

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Mideast Conflicts Converge In Once-Quiet Turkish City

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GOP Unseats Sen. Mary Landrieu In Louisiana

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Lame Duck Congress Waddles Up Against A Deadline

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Anthony Keels, bar manager at Verbena in San Francisco, Calif., serves up a cocktail made with barrel-aged, dark gin. Keels calls this gin a game-changer.

It's Brown, It's Barrel-Aged, It's ... Gin?

While many know gin for its light, bright, and dry characteristics — citrusy, herbal flavors that goes so well with tonic water — another gin sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Malty, lightly tannic, and with the subtle sweetness and spice of a young whiskey, dark, barrel-aged gin is pushing the frontiers of this spirit forward.

What If Sharing Your MRI Was As Simple As Pinterest?

Surely I'm not the only person who gone to the orthopedist figuring that the radiologist sent over the MRI, only to find out that I was supposed to have asked for a CD and a paper copy of the report. Really? That is so last century.

Since I can Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest images with ease, shouldn't I also be able to get my MRI online and share it with my doctors?

An anamorphic installation portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate by French artist Bernard Pras.

The Fine Art Of Deception

Fooling the eye – with trick-niques like anamorphic sculpture, trompe l'oeil paintings and other optical illusions – is a centuries old artistic pursuit.