Today's Takeaways: Fast-Food's Future, Zombie Children's Books, and The White House Burning

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus signs autographs for fans following her victory in the women's singles third round match against Alize Cornet of France on Day Six of the 2013 US Open. (Matthew Stockman/Getty)

1. A New War Front for Russia & Ukraine | 2. Despite Gazan Cease-Fire, No Long-Term Peace Plan | 3. America Is Over The Burger | 4. Don't Be Obnoxious: An Etiquette Guide to the U.S. Open | 5. When The White House Burned

A New War Front for Russia & Ukraine

Talks between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia were inconclusive on Tuesday, as a new front in Ukraine's fight with Russian-backed separatists opened in southern Ukraine. 

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Despite Gazan Cease-Fire, No Long-Term Peace Plan

Israel and Hamas finally agreed to a cease-fire this week. But many say the deal hardly addresses most of the underlying problems that prompted this summer of fighting.

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America Is Over The Burger

Millennials, in particular, are turning away from hamburger chains, but coffee sales are booming, and the deal between Burger King and Tim Hortons is right in step with those changes.

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How to Be a Well-Mannered Tennis Fan

The U.S. Open has a reputation of drawing noisier crowds, and while some players say a boisterous audience is energizing, not all athletes are equally appreciative of the extra decibels.

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The Search for Diverse Children's Books

Patrik Henry Bass discusses his new book, "Zero Degree Zombie Zone," a children's fantasy tale that pits African-American middle schoolers against zombies.

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Diversity in Friendships: Should We Care?

We make very conscious decisions about who our friends are—about how we make friends and break off friendships—but do we really think about the backgrounds of our friend?

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When The White House Burned

About 200 years ago, British troops burned the White House in the midst of the War of 1812. Here, a British author commemorates the event—and its aftermath. 

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