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Portuguese architect Margarida Castro (right) provides a tour of  Porto in 2014. She is one of three unemployed architects who set up Worst Tours to show visitors the poverty in the city, which has been hard hit by the country's weak economy in recent years.

Portugal Beckons Tourists With Sun, History And ... Slums

Forget the blue-and-white tiled cathedrals and port wine houses that have made Portugal's second city, Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A new guided tour is taking visitors through the city's back alleys and boarded-up businesses to show them the effects of austerity in southern Europe's economic crisis.

A pump-jack sits atop a oil well near downtown Sidney, Mont. The oil boom has brought thousands of new residents to the town, almost all of whom work in the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota. Sidney sits at the western edge of the Bakken oil patch, one of the most productive drilling areas in the country.

Low Oil Prices Could Stall Explosive Growth In Montana Boom Town

What happens when the price of oil tanks and suddenly you're faced with a whole lot less money to deal with your town's explosive growth?

If you're 52-year-old Rick Norby, you lose a lot of sleep.

"I haven't slept since I became mayor," he says. "I really ain't kidding you."

When Norby became mayor of Sidney, Mont., oil prices were at about $100 a barrel. A year later, they've fallen to roughly half that. Yet oil production has continued to churn right along.

Members of a Saudi women's soccer team, Rana Al Khateeb (left) and captain Rawh Abdullah, practice at a secret location in the capital Riyadh in 2012. Saudi women have had only rare opportunities to play sports. The country sent women to the Olympics for the first time in 2012 and now girls will be allowed to take physical education classes at public schools.

Saudi Girls Can Now Take Gym Class, But Not Everyone Is Happy

When it comes to females and sports, Saudi Arabia is starting to change.

Saudi Arabia sent its first female competitors to the Olympics in 2012, after years of sending only men. The public schools, like many institutions, are segregated by gender and only boys have been allowed to play sports. But girls will now be allowed to take part in their own sports and exercise programs, a move that is opposed by some hardliners.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's a new thing – and I really like it. I wish I was in school so I can have that," says Jowhara al-Theyeb.

Italian architect Renzo Piano talks to journalists in Paris in 2014.

Architect Renzo Piano: The Future Of Europe's Cities Is In The Suburbs

Architect Renzo Piano spends one week a month in his hometown of Genoa, Italy. His house-workshop is perched 300 feet above the Mediterranean Sea and can only be reached by a glass-enclosed funicular that crawls slowly up a steep incline dotted with cypress and olive trees. The airy, multi-story greenhouse workshop buzzes with young architects working on the many Piano projects under way across the world.

An employee at the American Disposables Inc. factory works on the assembly line in October 2009 in Ware, Mass. The state has seen rapidly expanding income disparity in the past 50 years as highly educated tech and financial workers have seen big gains and inflation-adjusted income has shrunk for the poorest residents.

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

In this country, all children are supposed to have a shot at success — a chance to jump "from rags to riches" in one generation.

Even if riches remain out of reach, then the belief has been that every hard-working American should be able to go from poverty to the middle class.

On Tuesday, a book and a separate study are being released — both turning up evidence that the one-generation leap is getting harder to accomplish in an economy so tied to education, technological know-how and networking.

Sam Simon, co-creator of <em>The Simpsons</em>, shown here in 2013 at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., died Sunday at 59.

Sam Simon, Co-Creator Of 'The Simpsons,' Dies At 59

Sam Simon, the philanthropist and multiple Emmy-award winning TV producer and writer who played a key role in making the animated series The Simpsons a success, died Sunday evening at the age of 59, having suffered from colon cancer.

Irish setter Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger, runs in this undated image, made available from Oakdene.Be on Monday. The 3-year-old Irish setter died last Friday shortly after competing at Crufts, the U.K.'s top dog show. His owners say he was poisoned.

A Dog Show Mystery: Irish Setter Dies; Owners Say He Was Poisoned

This much is known: Thendara Satisfaction placed second in his category in a preliminary competition at a prestigious setting in Birmingham, England. He then returned home to Belgium, where he died last Friday.

The dog's owners say there was "no doubt" the Irish setter better known as Jagger was "maliciously poisoned" at Crufts, Britain's top dog show, after eating cubes of beef laced with slug killer. They say the only time the 3-year-old was unattended was during public viewing — but they say it's unlikely to have been another competitor at the show.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checking her phone in 2010. For many Democrats, the answer to the question: "If not Hillary, who?" is — disaster.

3 Reasons Democrats Are Freaking Out About Hillary Clinton

The back-to-back Clinton controversies are making Democrats queasy.

At a time when more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls are jostling each other in New Hampshire and Iowa, this should be a great moment for the virtually unopposed Hillary Clinton. She could be staying above the fray, using the time to staff up and prepare her policy agenda. But that's not what's happening.

Pigeon, Parakeet And Pony: Amsterdam Food Truck Serves Maligned Meat

Every region of the world seems to have a local critter dish liable to raises visitors' eyebrows — think boiled lobsters in Maine, dried grasshoppers in Mexico, snails in France and sheep stomach in Scotland.

In Amsterdam, two artists are trying to widen their city's list of local tasty creatures — and expand minds, too — with dishes like the My Little Pony Burger, Peace Pigeon and Bambi Ball.

Freshman Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas wrote the letter — co-signed by 46 of his GOP colleagues — to the leaders of Iran.

47 GOP Senators Tell Iran They May Not Honor A Nuclear Deal

Update 11:10 p.m. ET:

Vice President Joe Biden, a former senator himself, condemned the GOP senators' letter in a strongly worded press release late Monday, calling it "beneath the dignity of an institution I revere."