The Weinfeld Family, 2009. Photographer Frederic Brenner, who took this photo, was the creator of This Place, an exhibit that features the work of 12 internationally acclaimed photographers in Israel and the West Bank. Frederic Brenner/Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery hide caption

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Israel And The West Bank Through Fresh Eyes

A dozen photographers were set loose with the aim of seeing an old conflict in a new light. The result is a photo exhibit now showing in Tel Aviv and coming soon to the U.S.

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Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence

The staff of hometown paper, The Post and Courier, feels the emotional toll of covering the church shootings and other traumatic events.

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Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

Researchers have uncovered 8 million mummified animals dating back 2,500 years. Most are dogs, pointing to the likely existence of ancient puppy mills.

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The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, depicts the goddess of love floating on a giant scallop shell. The word aphrodisiac derives from her Greek name, Aphrodite. Sandro Botticelli/via Wikimedia hide caption

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Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido WHYY

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.

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Lavall Hall's mother, Catherine Daniels, is comforted by her cousin Alfonzo Hill as she speaks with the media in February. Hall, who was schizophrenic, was fatally shot by police officers earlier this year. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Law

Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill

In compiling a database of fatal police shootings, The Washington Post took an extra step — finding details about the mental health of the deceased. Reporter Kimberly Kindy relates what she learned.

Over the last 30 years, filmmaker Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman have forged an iconic partnership. Burton's latest film, Big Eyes, marks their 16th collaboration. Anderson Group hide caption

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Music

For Danny Elfman, The Strange Worlds Of Tim Burton Just Make Sense

Tim Burton's shadowy tales have taken us from a pastel suburban paradise to the dark streets of Gotham City. But what would Burton's mysterious films be without Danny Elfman's iconic music?

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History

What Happened To British Loyalists After The Revolutionary War?

Not everyone celebrated when the British surrendered at Yorktown. About a fifth of all colonists remained loyal to the crown; for them, the American victory spelled exodus and, often, more violence.

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'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

Thousands of refugees escaped Vietnam after Saigon fell in 1975. Some recently returned to the site of their former refugee camp for a 40-year reunion — including the mother of NPR's Hansi Lo Wang.

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Just A Few Important Words About The 'Declaration Of Independence'

Along with the words and phrases that still ring out 239 years later are less noticed turns of phrase. They say a lot about the messages Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers wanted to send.

Matt Stonie (right) is crowned winner of the annual Fourth of July Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday. Stonie defeated eight-time champion Joey Chestnut 62-60. Andrew Kelly/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

The new champion, who came in second last year in the annual contest put on by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, bested eight-time champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut by two dogs on Saturday.

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