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Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw his fundraising numbers plummet after his September debate performances.

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Millions of dollars worth of $1 coins languish in a vault at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Baltimore branch. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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A simulated Canadair Regional Jet flight deck at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Robert Benincasa/NPR hide caption

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Don L. Blankenship, chairman and chief executive officer of Massey Energy Company (left), watches as protesters disrupt a luncheon at the National Press Club, where he spoke on Thursday. Wayne Huang/NPR hide caption

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A Mexican soldier stands guard as a haul of marijuana and cocaine are incinerated in the background in November 2009. Fighting among the drug cartels — and between government forces and the cartels — has cost nearly 24,000 Mexican lives since late 2006. Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mike Mickel is president and CEO of Dominion Aviation, an aviation services and charter operation near Richmond, Va. He praised a move by the federal government to drop a plan for tough new security regulations on general aviation. Robert Benincasa/NPR hide caption

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Basil Rynestead, 17, sits in the driver's seat of his Toyota pickup truck. New federal government numbers confirm that male drivers are still having twice as many fatal crashes as females. And the boys are more likely than the girls to have been speeding or drinking. Sarah Nathan/NPR hide caption

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