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Pondering A 'Plan B' In Afghanistan
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No Wontons for Elvis Michael Manring
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The "don't ask, don't tell" repeal legislation that allows gays to serve openly in the military sits on a desk at the Interior Department on Dec. 22, 2010, prior to President Obama's signing it. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Legal Questions Linger After 'Don't Ask' Repeal
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Youssou N'Dour: The Voice Of Senegal
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THE RAIN'S TO BLAME GLENN PHILLIPS

Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes died nearly 400 years ago, but Grossman says she feels a closeness to him when she translates his work. "I'd love to have a couple of drinks with him, to sit and chat and talk about literature," Grossman says. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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When Done Right, Little Gets Lost In Translation
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FOLK SONG JAN GARBAREK
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Visitors to Bangkok’s Wat Phai Ngern Buddhist temple touch stone statues of infants during a Nov. 27 ceremony for 2,002 fetuses found in the temple's mortuary. The fetuses were found Nov. 16 and believed to be from illegal abortion clinics. Wang Zemin for NPR hide caption

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Thailand Revisits Abortion Laws After Grim Discovery
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Teena Marie, Trailblazing Singer Known As The Ivory Queen Of Soul, Has Died
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