People lay flowers on Saturday at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

The opposition leader and harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down in public on Friday.

A young girl with a white father and a black mother wrote to the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock for advice on fitting in. FaVE! Magazine, via My Star Trek Scrapbook hide caption

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Leonard Nimoy's Advice To A Biracial Girl In 1968

When a young girl with a black mother and white father wrote to a teen magazine in 1968 about not fitting in, the Star Trek actor responded at length about how Spock navigated two cultures.

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget on Friday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

President Obama late Friday signed a stopgap measure to keep the department running for another week, but the tussle over his executive action on immigration — linked to the funding — is not over yet.

Earlier this month, Dr. Sadiqu al-Mousllie, accompanied by his family and a few members of their mosque, stood in downtown Braunschweig, Germany, and held up signs that read: "I am a Moslem. What would you like to know?" in an effort to promote dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims. Courtesy of Sarah Mousllie hide caption

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A German Muslim Asks His Compatriots: 'What Do You Want To Know?'

Inside his dentist's office, Sadiqu al-Mousllie is treated like any other German. It's different when the Syrian-born man steps outside. He's trying to fight Islamophobia, one question at a time.

Art Clay, 78, of Chicago takes a run in a light snowfall on Wednesday. Clay is a co-founder of the National Brotherhood of Skiers. Sonya Doctorian for NPR hide caption

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'The Black Summit' Draws African-American Skiers And Boarders To Aspen

Participants in winter sports are predominantly white, but the National Brotherhood of Skiers has been trying to change that for 42 years. More than 50 regional clubs came to this year's gathering.

Students Patrick Rohrer, Sarah Warthen, Alix Piven and Lauren Urane are led by Mercyhurst University Archeologist Andy Hemmings. Their project has picked up where Florida's State Geologist Elias Sellards left off in 1915. Sellards led an excavation of the site where workers digging a drainage canal found fossilized human remains. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Science

Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

Scientists have found evidence in Florida of humans living 14,000 years ago. If the findings — first uncovered a century ago, but initially dismissed as a hoax — hold up, they will help rewrite the history of early man.

Park Ranger Mike Evans at the Castillo de San Marcos says the Spanish were roping cattle and pruning their citrus groves in St. Augustine before the British even set sail for Jamestown. Peter Haden/NPR hide caption

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Not So Fast, Jamestown: St. Augustine Was Here First WJCT

Jamestown, Va., claims to be "America's First Region," but St. Augustine, Fla., turns 450 this year, making it the U.S.'s oldest continuous European settlement, a title residents are quick to defend.

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