A Mexican federal policeman guards the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway outside the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on May 13. The murders were one of the latest episodes in Mexico's brutal and unrelenting drug war. Christian Palma/AP hide caption

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Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3. The once dominant PRI, out of power for the past 12 years, looks likely to make a comeback. Alex Cossio/AP hide caption

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Rhythmic gymnast Julie Zetlin, seen here during last October's Pan-American Games, hopes to win a medal for the United States at the Summer Olympics in London. Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Last year, the Annex de Martissant area of Port-au-Prince was a camp for displaced people. The area was filled with tents. Today, locals are building sturdier shelters with funding from the American Red Cross. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Seventy-three temporary wooden shelters were built last month by the American Red Cross together with other nongovernmental organizations in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Some residents of the new settlement, Village Carvil, have already added living space with tarps. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Elicia Andre, who says she used to be much larger — a sign of affluence in Haiti — is now skin and bones. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Alvanon is the largest maker of mannequin body forms in the world. The Manhattan-based company uses a device called AlvaScan to create these forms — which are then used to create clothing sizes. "We are so diverse that in any given size, there are probably four or six different body types that are represented," says the company's president, Ed Gribbin. Courtesy of Alvanon hide caption

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Ed Gribbin, head of Alvanon, says spandex is a "democratic" fiber because it morphs to the body as opposed to limiting it. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Dorothy McClendon in Gulfport, Miss., hopes the state's latest housing program to help low-income residents will provide assistance so she can repair her moldy house. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Gov. Luis Fortuno speaks at the annual meeting of the National Governors Association in July about the pipeline he wants to build in Puerto Rico. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Jorge Luis Angulo was just 11 years old when the Juconi Foundation found him on the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Now, at 17, he hopes to attend a university, but his relationship with his mother remains deeply troubled. Larry Abramson/NPR hide caption

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Fifty-year-old Segunda Ayobi, with her extended family. Ayobi, who lives in a slum in Guayaquil, Ecuador, enrolled her son Mario in a shelter when he began to miss school, to keep him away from drugs and trouble. Larry Abramson/NPR hide caption

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Maribel Olmedo sits in her house, surrounded by some of her children, including Hamilton (from left), 16, Jonathan, 12, Pierina, 2, and Jose, 1. The family struggles to make ends meet, but Olmedo says she is grateful her children are alive. Larry Abramson/NPR hide caption

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