The gray line in the upper left comes from an aerial view of Afghanistan's crucial Highway 1, the main route between Kabul and Kandahar, the two biggest cities. U.S. forces are still working to secure the route which runs through lush farm valleys and the high desert terrain. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals

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Risk Trampled by Turtles
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Retired Gen. David Petraeus, former CIA chief, speaks at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on March 26. Petraeus announced Thursday that he was joining the private equity firm KKR. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Retired Gen. David Petraeus Heads To Wall Street

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Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist

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Queen Bee Medeski, Martin & Wood
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Attraction Bibi Tanga & the Selenites

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Congress Poised To Make Crop Insurance Subsidies More Generous

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Beets At The Root Of This Honey And Tarragon Cocktail

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Activists rally in support of gay marriage on March 25 in Chicago. The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that will legalize same-sex marriage, but it has stalled in the state House. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns?

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Break Out Soulive
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These days, Caine gets smaller roles than he used to, but that doesn't bother him. Back when he did repertory theater, "I did a play a week," he says. "One week I'd be the lord, the next week I'd be the butler." He's pictured above in 1965. Stephan C. Archetti/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Caine: 'I Spent My Life Doing Something That I Love'

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Hey Ya Booker T. Jones & Booker T

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Public Servant Herman Boudreau, Heroic Under Enemy Fire

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Gone The Postmarks
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We Learn Rob Cross
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Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

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Close To the Sky Six Organs of Admittance
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Many drive-ins and mom and pop theaters will soon have to make the switch from film to digital after putting it off because of the high cost of new projectors. John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer/Landov hide caption

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Drive-Ins Soon Face Hollywood's Digital Switch

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