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Carriage drivers say many of their horses have been rescued from abusive situations; animal rights activists argue that the rides are inherently inhumane. Now, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to replace the horses — with vintage electric cars.

Many students who don't ace the SAT and ACT tests apply to schools that make standardized test scores optional. A new study shows those students do just as well in college as those who submit their scores.

Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal Monday night in ice dancing. They earned a silver medal in the last Winter Games in Vancouver, and they entered competition favored to win in Sochi.

U.S. men competed in bobsledding on Monday, pinning their hopes on Steve Holcomb, who has medaled before. Holcomb entered competition as the top bobsled racer in the world this year, and he and Steven Langton won a bronze medal in the two-man bobsled event. They weren't the only points of interest on the track this year: A Russian team won gold, and the Jamaican team attracted plenty of attention, as well.

With jobs and populations growing in the cities, it's no surprise that retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, are trying to adapt their models to suit urban areas. Competition from online stores is also contributing to a changing retail landscape.

Online pornography was the cutting edge of e-commerce during the Internet's early days, but its heyday is over. To recoup some of those costs, one porn empire in San Francisco is using data analytics, lifestyle events and new products to keep customers loyal.

Rio de Janeiro is racing to ready itself for the 2016 Summer Olympics. But it's facing difficulties: ballooning budgets, pollution, questions about the development plans and rising crime. Some wonder whether ordinary Brazilians will benefit.

The film premiered a week ago at the Berlin Film Festival and is based on previously undiscovered letters and diaries. The documentary offers an uncomfortable insight into the mind and emotions of the Gestapo and SS chief.

"I've dug graves when it was 10 below zero and the wind blowing and snowing, and I've dug graves when it was 90 degrees and hotter than hell. I remember all of them," says Everard Hall, who's been digging with a pickax and a shovel for 48 years. This summer, he'll start digging his own grave.

Remember the Sears kit houses from the early 1900s, ordered from a catalog and assembled on-site? Now, online designers around the world are building WikiHouses out of plywood pieces that fit together like a puzzle. No nails, no fasteners, no adhesives. Just slot-together joints and the Internet.

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