In rural North Dakota, where Melanie Hoffert grew up on her family farm, discussing subjects like homosexuality and same-sex marriage is often considered taboo. Courtesy of Beacon Press hide caption

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"I'm very concerned about the public's respect for law enforcement officers and the safety of those they are designed to protect," House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, seen here in 2013, told NPR. "This is a very important issue to me and one I intend to follow closely." Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A court officer places handcuffs on the wrists of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez after he was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Dominick Reuter/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Flowers were placed at the site of the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street last week. The city will mark the second anniversary of the deadly bombing Wednesday. Scott Eisen/Getty Images hide caption

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V. Stiviano, whose recording of former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling led to his having to sell the team, arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court in March. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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Kobus alerted his managers that a supervisor was allowing favorite employees to take time off for their birthdays, so the government had to pay more for other people at the agency to work overtime. "You know, this is not our money. This is the taxpayers' money, and I want it to be correct," he says. Courtesy of Robert Kobus hide caption

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A year ago, Lina says her parents took her to Yemen because her grandmother was gravely ill. But when the family arrived, Lina's father announced that she would be getting married to a local man. Renee Deschamps/Getty Images/Vetta hide caption

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