Equipment for transporting and housing coal sits idle in Cowen, W.Va. Since the natural gas boom, several mines in Webster County have either slowed or shut down operation, laying off hundreds of workers. Guy Raz/NPR hide caption

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Rancher Randy Thompson is fighting to keep the Keystone XL pipeline from being built in Nebraska. Guy Raz/NPR hide caption

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Richard Holbrooke and Katharine Pierce as students in 1961 at Brown University. Katharine Pierce hide caption

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Language drives Johnson's art since her illness, as depicted in her piece called Enthusiastic, created in 2009.

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Derrick Bell, the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School, died of cancer Wednesday. He is seen here in 2002.

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