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Child Miners, Dinosaurs, And The Rulings Of 'Judge' John Hodgman

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U.S. Army soldiers begin their journey home from Iraq on July 13, 2010. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

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Military Women Combat Challenges in Service

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Afghanistan Vet Who Criticized Superiors Awarded Medal Of Honor

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Ms. Veteran America Denyse Gordon's knowledge of military history helped her win the crown. Amy Ta/NPR hide caption

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Ms. Veteran America Uses Title To Talk About Sexual Violence

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'Thank You For Your Service' Follows America's Soldiers Home

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Protesters against U.S. military action in Syria march to Capitol Hill from the White House on Saturday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Republicans Divided Over Potential Strike On Syria

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., gestures as he speaks in an Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in May 22. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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President Obama pauses after speaking to media in the White House on Tuesday before a meeting with congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria. With the president: House Speaker John Boehner (from left), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Chemical Weapons And Civilians: The Invisible Threat

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Syrians Anxious About Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

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