For author Victoria Kneubuhl, the lost world of old Hawaii casts a long shadow. But through her writing, she says, readers can see that world again. Getty Images hide caption

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The Wounded Warrior Home Project is an inventive approach to military housing, serving the needs of wounded soldiers and their families as they continue to serve on active duty at Fort Belvoir, Va. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Jalalabad, in Afghanistan's mountainous eastern region along the border with Pakistan, is the last place Osama bin Laden was seen before he vanished in 2001. In this photo from February 2011, smoke rises from an area where Taliban suicide bombers detonated their devices at a bank. Pajhwok Afghan News/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A fence secures the perimeter of a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport. Construction has been halted because of the FAA shutdown. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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An Afghan construction worker washes up before evening prayers in Kabul's Old City of Murad Khane. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Haji Gul Nazim shows how he was able to wash off voter registration ink from his finger. To vote in Afghanistan, each voter presents and identification card and dips his finger in a bottle of indelible ink. If the ink washes off, voters might then be able to vote again -- using bogus identification cards. Jim Wildman/NPR hide caption

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The Santa Fe bridge (shown in February 2010) links the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez (bottom) with the U.S. city of El Paso in Texas. American law enforcement officials say they are worried that violence from newly Sinaloa-controlled areas of Ciudad Juarez will spill over into the U.S. Alexandre Meneghini/AP hide caption

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