President Obama greets residents after a discussion in the backyard of the Clubb family home in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 29. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Coming Face To Face With The President

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Lil' Roro Jerry Douglas & Bill Frisell
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A customer displays his ration card as he waits to buy food at a government store in Havana in 2009. The Cuban government has slowly been chipping away at the rations system — and more changes appear to be coming, worrying many Cubans. Javier Galeano/AP hide caption

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Amid Reforms, Cubans Fret Over Food Rations Fate

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Little Space I Need to Fill (aka Detroit) [*] Brandi Disterheft
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening of the winter session Oct. 11 in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. AP hide caption

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Influence Of Israel's Leftist Peace Movement Wanes

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Cypresses Anat Cohen
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Republican Rick Snyder, who is running for governor of Michigan, has kept the Tea Party movement at arm's length. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Mich. Race Shows It's Not RIP For GOP Moderates

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Wheat prices spiked this past summer as a record drought and heat wave wreaked havoc on Russia and ruined one fourth of the country's crops. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered a ban on exports of Russian grain. A self-propelled combine harvests a field in a village south of Moscow on Aug. 15. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Grainy Season: Engineering Drought-Resistant Wheat

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Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge for New York state courts, told lawyers that they will have to sign an affidavit and personally vouch for foreclosure documents submitted to the court. Hans Pennink/AP hide caption

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Tainted Foreclosures Concern State Judges

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Seek and Ye Shall Find Christian Howes with Robben Ford
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Peace Talks With Taliban? Depends On Whom You Ask

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During his six-decade career, Monet created more than 2,000 paintings. Two hundred of them -- including his renderings of London's Houses of Parliament in sun (left) and fog -- are on display at the Grand Palais museum in Paris. Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Exhibit Challenges French Impressions Of Monet

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