Employees at Barber's Farm in Middleburgh, N.Y., shovel muddy tomatoes left in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Irene. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Marvin Hardy drives screws into a sheet of plywood on Washington Mall in Cape May, N.J., on Friday, as he boards up storefronts in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Mandatory evacuations were under way affecting nearly 1 million residents and visitors in Cape May County, coastal Atlantic County and Long Beach Island, N.J. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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A controversial drilling process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" frees natural gas underground by using millions of gallons of water brewed with toxic chemicals. A Department of Energy panel concludes the public needs more information about the practice to restore faith in it. Ralph Wilson/AP hide caption

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Mayor Michael Nutter speaks to members of the media during a visit to Powel Elementary School in June. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Kitty Lambert (right) and Cheryle Rudd are married by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Saturday. With a rainbow-lit Niagara Falls as a backdrop early Sunday, Lambert, 54, and Rudd, 53, were among the first gay couples to tie the knot with the blessing of the state, which last month became the sixth and largest to sanction gay marriage. David Duprey/AP hide caption

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