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Still Few Answers In Disappearance Of 43 Students In Mexico

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Latin America
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For Cuban-Americans, A Mixture Of Hope, Betrayal

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A Difficult Road For Abused Children Seeking U.S. Asylum

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Europe
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Russia Continues To Cope With Sliding Economy

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Sun December 21, 2014

It Just Needed A Little Love: An Ugly Spruce Ties A Town Together

This scraggly 50-foot Christmas tree in downtown Reading, Pa., became a symbol for a town hit by tough economic times to rally behind.
Ben Allen WITF

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 1:10 pm

Reading, Pa., is one of the poorest cities in the country. So when a shabby-looking, 50-foot Christmas tree went up in the middle of the city's downtown around Thanksgiving, many saw it as a metaphor for the city's troubles.

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