Vice President Joe Biden participates in a round-table discussion on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Friday. The panelists included people who worked on gun safety after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Obama Administration Takes Gun Control Fight Outside Washington

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Hans Massaquoi told his story in Destined to Witness: Growing up Black in Nazi Germany. The former managing editor of Ebony magazine died on his 87th birthday last Saturday. Matthew P. D'Agostino/AP hide caption

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'Ebony' Editor Began Life Black In Nazi Germany

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Farewell Blues Benny Goodman
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Japan's Economic Plan May Be Bad News For Everyone Else

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Help Slow To Come For Returning U.S. Veterans

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The streets of Paris are marred by messes from dogs whose owners haven't cleaned up after them. There's a fine, but the culprits have to be caught in the act (or lack thereof). Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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In Paris, A Hunt For Those Who Dodge Dog Duties

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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, shown at the Republican National Convention in August, has been re-elected to another two-year term. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Mohammad Afzaal, a 35-year-old house painter from northeastern Pakistan, has signed up for a voluntary repatriation program run by the International Organization of Migration and financed by the European Commission. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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EU Money Sends Migrants Stuck In Greece Home

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"Ms. October" is one of several moms who posed for a calendar to raise funds for school bus service in their Spanish town. The page reads, "No to the budget cuts!" Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Spanish Moms Raise School Funds With Pinup Calendar

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Jimmy Van Heusen with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s. Van Heusen wrote dozens of songs for the crooner and became Sinatra's close friend and confidant. Courtesy of Burns Media Productions hide caption

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The Composer Who Tested Fighter Planes And Partied With Sinatra

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