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Ten years ago, small residential homes were a novelty. Today, they’re a movement. Thanks to economic forces and downsizing trends born of the Great Recession, micro-housing has grown from a niche once featured quizzically on “Oprah” and NPR to a …

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  • This photo provided by Electronic Arts shows a scene from the video game, “Dragon Age: Inquisition. ’Dragon Age’ tops AP critics’ best games of 2014
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