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Phyllis Siegel (right) kisses her wife, Connie Kopelov, after the two exchanged vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. The couple were the first same-sex pair to tie the knot in New York City after the state's Marriage Equality Act went into effect on July 24. Michael Appleton/AP hide caption

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2011: An Extraordinary Year For Gay Rights

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A vendor sells seafood at a market in East Broadway in New York City's Chinatown. There was a 17 percent drop in the population of New York City's Chinatown over the past decade, and some say it's a sign that Chinatown is becoming more of a symbolic touchstone. Rebecca Sheir/NPR hide caption

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The Changing Face Of America's Chinatowns

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How To Fix College Sports

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Sports: Eyes On The Playoffs; Showdown In Ky.

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Veterans' New Mission: Taking Care Of Their Own

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Hesham Abdul Ghani and his wife, Oras Touma, came to Michigan to escape religious persecution. Jacki Lyden/NPR hide caption

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Iraqi Refugees Struggle For Peace In America

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A long, hot drought decimated the peanut crop this year, pushing the price of peanut butter up by more than a third. Ric Feld/AP hide caption

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Peanut Prices Make A Go-To Snack More Expensive

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Los Angeles City firefighter Dane Jackson investigates the fire that damaged a home once occupied by Doors frontman Jim Morrison early Friday morning. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP photo hide caption

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Quarterback Darron Thomas of the Oregon Ducks (right) threw for 30 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions this season. The Ducks beat UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship to earn a spot in the Rose Bowl, where they'll face Wisconsin. Steve Dykes/Getty Images hide caption

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College Football Bowl Preview: Compelling Matchups, Dead Ahead

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Johnson Discusses Seeking Libertarian Nomination

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Singer Chris Brown meets with fans after performing on NBC's Today show in New York in July. Two years after his arrest for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, many of his fans — mostly teenage girls — blame Rihanna for the incident. Charles Sykes/AP hide caption

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In Chris Brown's Big Year, Tough Questions On Abuse

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Former Democratic state legislator Ed Fallon, a vocal member of the Occupy movement, said activists should take part in the caucuses. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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Randy Howland works in his small office in March, shortly after he began a work-from-home job with a call center earning $10 an hour. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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When The Road Back To Work Detours

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