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The "Anti-Cheating Ring" imprints "I'M MARRIED" around a would-be philanderer's finger. TheCheeky.com hide caption

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'Anti-Cheating Ring' Not Likely To Deter History

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A Pew Research Center study shows Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing immigrant group in the U.S., but that doesn't make theirs a success story. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Behind The 'Model Minority,' An American Struggle

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Artist LeRoy Neiman, who died last week at 91, signs serigraphs of baseball's Mike Piazza (left) in 2000. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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The Man Who Painted Sport, Bright And Beautiful

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Remembering Henry Hill, A Real Wiseguy

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Why should someone who wants a job have to confide their fears and flaws to judgmental strangers? Royal Five/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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When A Job Interview Turns Into Psychoanalysis

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Protesters gather outside Downing Street in London to deliver a petition against the so-called "pasty tax," a government bid to levy 20 percent tax on hot takeaway food. Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Just Deserts Follow Attempted Pasty Tax

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The Word 'Hopefully' Is Here To Stay, Hopefully

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Larger Than Life: Tourists pose in front of a UEFA Euro 2012 Cup placard on Kiev's Independence Square in Ukraine. Europe is entering a packed sports schedule — but soccer still reigns supreme, says Frank Deford. Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Europe's High Season For Sports, Soccer Rules

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President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Rose Mary Sabo, widow of Army Spc. Leslie Sabo. Sabo was awarded the nation's highest military decoration posthumously for his actions on May 10, 1970, while serving as a rifleman in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Her Husband, A Hero Lost For The Lives Of Others

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It's a constant test for parents: Everything you thought you were doing right may be wrong. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Teaching Kids Balance Can Be A Lesson For Parents

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President Barack Obama told ABC this week that he supports gay marriage. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Can A Change Of Heart Beat The Flip-Flop Charge?

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"Here's Mei right now," tweeted the National Zoo just before the procedure. "Volunteers are watching her from our research station as we prepare." Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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A Panda's Inseminal Moment, Tweet By Tweet

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Gerardus Mercator's maps gave us a truer view of our world and the means to explore it. Library of Congress hide caption

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He Mapped The World, And We Saw Ourselves

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Six U.S. Secret Service agents have lost their jobs so far after a prostitution scandal that took place at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, just before President Obama's arrival at the Summit of the Americas conference earlier this month. Manuel Pedraza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Prostitution's Real Casualties Aren't Secret Service

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