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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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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The 1978 Ford Pinto is shown in this company handout photo. This subcompact became a hot seller for Ford after its introduction in 1970. The Pinto's 10-year run was marred by litigation over the car's fuel tank design. Twenty-seven people died during the 1970s in fuel tank fires in the Pinto, which Ford eventually recalled. AP hide caption

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The National Guard constructed a 2-mile temporary levee around the ALON USA refinery in Krotz Springs, La., and a neighborhood on the south side of town. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Nicholas Gibbons, a single amputee with the British Royal Marines team, takes off from the blocks during practice Feb. 21 in Camp Pendleton, Calif., for the inaugural Marine Corps Trials. Fifty athletes were chosen as members of the All-Marine team for the Warrior Games. Michael Goulding/AP hide caption

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Steve "G-Man" Fowler — a real-life police detective and "good guy" in both Zoot Shooters capers and cowboy action shooting competitions — poses with his Tommy gun. Darcy Varney for NPR hide caption

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A gas station with fuel prices in the $4 range in Los Angeles on April 11. With the price of gas above $3.50 a gallon in all but one state, there are signs that Americans are cutting back on driving, reversing a steady increase in demand for fuel as the economy improves. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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The ShopGirls, from Granite Falls High School in Granite Falls, Wash., prepare their car for the annual Shell Eco-marathon on Saturday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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In this photo provided by passenger Brenda Reese, an unidentified passenger takes photos with a cell phone of a hole in the cabin on a Southwest Airlines aircraft. Brenda Reese/AP hide caption

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In some parts of the country, like San Diego (above), gas prices are above $4 a gallon. Some Republicans are trying to tie those higher prices at the pump to President Obama's energy policies. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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