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Cruise Ship Disaster Puts Focus On Safety Concerns

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South Carolina: Gingrich's Last Stand?

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Back In the Game The Greyboy Allstars
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Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles

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Day Is Done Brad Mehldau Trio
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Old mattresses lie on the street outside abandoned homes in Las Vegas, in this 2010 photo. Used mattresses present a unique problem to landfills and recycling firms alike. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Say Na Hey The Soul Rebels

France's 35-hour work week has resulted in some workers accumulating vast amounts of overtime that they are required to use this year. The problem is particularly acute at some hospitals. Here a woman speaks with a doctor at the Conception Hospital in Marseille on Tuesday. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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French Dilemma: How To Burn Off All That Overtime?

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A truck passes shipping containers at China Shipping at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the busiest port complex in the U.S., near Long Beach, Calif. Stricter emissions standards have cut down on air pollution from the trucks, which has been one of the most significant sources of air pollution in California for many years. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Blocking Keystone Won't Stop Oil Sands Production

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"It's not that I've fallen out of love; I've actually never liked sports, and I never understood how I became an athlete," Serena Williams said recently, according to TennisNow.com. "I don't like working out; I don't like anything that has to do with working physically." Tertius Pickard/AP hide caption

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From Mega Man To Final Fantasy, Live Video Game Music

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