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If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

Learn more in our series Mental Illness: The Cost of Not Caring

There is no such thing as fortress America when it comes to disease.
Central Asia’s Aral Sea, a lake that used to be the fourth-largest in the world, is nearly dried up. Here, it’s shown between 2000 and 2014, in a series of images from NASA. 

Central Asia’s Aral Sea, a lake that used to be the fourth-largest in the world, is nearly dried up. Here, it’s shown between 2000 and 2014, in a series of images from NASA. 

The competing forces in the three-year civil war in Syria have ground each other into a stalemate for now. Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime controls the most territory but has been unable to take from rebels and al-Qaida affiliates total control of rural areas and cities. 

The competing forces in the three-year civil war in Syria have ground each other into a stalemate for now. Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime controls the most territory but has been unable to take from rebels and al-Qaida affiliates total control of rural areas and cities. 

Senate has a secret book of rules

The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats. The document has never been available to the public — until now.

We have obtained and are making available the 380-page U.S. Senate Handbook, which describes itself as “a compilation of the policies and regulations governing office administration, equipment and services, security and financial management.”

80% of marijuana citations issued by one Seattle police officer

African-Americans and homeless people were cited the most for public marijuana use in Seattle, according to the first six months of data in 2014.

Most of the citations — 66 of 82 — were issued by one police officer, according to a statement from the Seattle Police Department.

The officer was taken off patrol duty.

The numbers shown here include mortgages, although one in three Americans has debt in collections. 

The numbers shown here include mortgages, although one in three Americans has debt in collections

This is what air traffic looks like over Europe right now. 
Map via Flight Radar 24. 

This is what air traffic looks like over Europe right now. 

Map via Flight Radar 24.