Shoppers walk through a market in downtown Jerusalem last November, shortly before Israel's coalition government collapsed. As Israel prepares for elections on March 17, the diverse population has very different notions of what the country should look like. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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In Israel, A Vote To Choose A Leader And An Identity

For such a small country, Israel has an extremely diverse population. As a major election approaches, five very different Israelis share their hopes for the kind of nation they want to be.

With the help of researcher Sabudo Boraru (right), anthropologist Chris Campisano, of Arizona State University, takes samples from the fossil-filled Ledi-Geraru project area in Ethiopia. The jawbone was found nearby. Courtesy of J Ramón Arrowsmith hide caption

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Science

Jaw Fossil In Ethiopia Likely Oldest Ever Found In Human Line

The 2.8 million-year-old bone may mark the first human branch in the primate family tree. It wasn't just a bigger brain that marked the shift, scientists say. It was also big changes in the mouth.

A sign at Etsy's Brooklyn office in 2007 encapsulated the company's ambitious goal: take down big-box retailers by selling handmade goods. Now Etsy, which in 2012 began allowing some mass-produced goods on its e-commerce site, is filing for an IPO, and trying to maintain its values as it expands. Amit Gupta/Flickr hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Mass-Market Stocks In Hand-Crafted Goods: Etsy Preps To Go Public

The e-commerce site, which focuses on quirky, handmade goods, has filed for an IPO. The paperwork reveals a plan to focus more on manufacturing and marketing — but not much suggestion of big profits.

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a news conference on her documentary India's Daughter on Tuesday. The film, which has been banned in India, was broadcast Wednesday in the U.K. — a decision that has angered the Indian government. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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India Threatens BBC Over Decision To Air Rape Documentary In U.K.

The government, which has banned the Indian media from broadcasting India's Daughter or even showing clips from it pending an investigation, also ordered YouTube to take down the documentary.

Larry David also co-created the NBC series Seinfeld. That show's character George Costanza is loosely based on David. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Philip Rinaldi Pulicity hide caption

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Theater

Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

David wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. He says the idea came to his "twisted mind" when his friend's dad passed away.

Caregivers who are trained in responding to anxiety or aggression in people with dementia can effectively reduce those symptoms, studies find. iStockphoto hide caption

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Behavioral Therapy Helps More Than Drugs For Dementia Patients

Non-drug approaches for treating aggression and other symptoms of dementia work better than antipsychotic drugs, a study finds, and are less risky. That includes teaching caregivers how to respond.

Along with sperm, the in vitro procedure adds fresh mitochondria extracted from less mature cells in the same woman's ovaries. The hope is to revitalize older eggs with these extra "batteries." But the FDA still wants proof that the technique works and is safe. Chris Nickels for NPR hide caption

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Fertility Clinic Courts Controversy With Treatment That Recharges Eggs

The technique aims to rejuvenate a woman's eggs using mitochondria from cells extracted from her ovaries. The Toronto clinic's first births are due soon, and some doctors are worried about side effects.

It took just 18 minutes for the Lusitania to sink after it was hit by a German torpedo. Charles Dixon/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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First Reads

Exclusive First Read: Erik Larson's 'Dead Wake'

The Devil in the White City author Erik Larson turns his attention to the sinking of the liner Lusitania almost 100 years ago — a turning point that helped bring the United States into World War I.

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead last Friday, was one of the most outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin. No arrests have been made in his killing. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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Nemtsov 'Directed His Words Against Putin Himself'

Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, who followed Boris Nemtsov's career for 27 years, says he was one of the few Russian political figures willing to directly criticize President Vladimir Putin.

Amtrak conductor Michael Laubauskas talks on a radio Feb. 19 as his train departs Trenton, N.J., for Washington, D.C. The U.S. House passed an Amtrak funding bill Wednesday that splits Amtrak's high-ridership Northeast Corridor line, which runs from Boston to Washington, from the less profitable part of the system. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders

The bill freezes funding at current levels for four years, and lets some pets ride the rails with their owners. It also separates the high-ridership Northeast Corridor from the rest of the system.

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