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What Should The U.S. Learn From Europe's Woes?

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Suite No. 2 in D Minor Yo-Yo Ma
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Why No One's Going To Timbuktu These Days

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Mothers and their children sit among their washing in a refugee camp on the border between Syria and Turkey near the northern city of Azaz on Wednesday. The internally displaced faced further misery as heavy rain was followed by a drop in temperatures. Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why It's Easier To Scam The Elderly

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Atlantic City's boardwalk, with its shops, restaurants, casinos and hotels, was mostly protected during Hurricane Sandy by a dune restoration project. But TV images of one small section that was damaged gave the impression that the whole thing was destroyed. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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