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Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

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"Lechon," or roasted pig, is often served at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Edward Herrmann, the first to arrive for a group portrait session of approximately 100 Tony Award-winning actors, keeps busy before the shoot on June 1, 2006, at the Shubert Theatre in New York. Herrmann died Wednesday in New York at the age of 71. He had brain cancer. Diane Bondareff/AP hide caption

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Miami-Dade County's animal shelter takes in more than 28,000 dogs and cats each year. In 2012, the county adopted a resolution that the shelter would become a no-kill facility. But even no-kill shelters can euthanize up to 10 percent of their animals. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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No-Kill Shelters Save Millions Of Unwanted Pets — But Not All Of Them

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U.S. Gen. John Campbell (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers open the Operation Resolute Support flag during a ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

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After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

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Abu Bakarr Koroma is part of a condom handout program to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. These days, he can't even give 'em away. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The Prostitutes Are Not Happy. Neither Are Brides. Sex, Love And Ebola

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The drought forced many citrus farmers near Orange Cove, Calif., to mulch their trees because they couldn't afford to keep them alive. Recent rain and new groundwater regulations have eased the crisis, but only slightly. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Rain Eases California Drought Anxiety, If Not The Actual Drought

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Sen. Rubio Says He Could Run For President Even If Jeb Bush Does

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Environmental cues — like the color, size and shape of the dinnerware, the music playing in the background and the lighting in the dining room — can alter how we experience food and drink. For example, research suggests that serving food on a red plate tends to reduce the amount diners eat. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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