International ships call at the busy Port of New Orleans. It's a major shipping convergence point on the Mississippi River. Ships come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico with imports from abroad, and barges come downriver, bringing U.S. goods for export. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River

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The NRA and some concealed-carry activists say the best defense against gun violence is armed "good guys." Here, a man fires his pistol at an indoor range in Aurora, Colo., last summer. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Armed 'Good Guys' And The Realities Of Facing A Gunman

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PepsiCo's product line ranges from salty chips and its sugary namesake drink to more healthful fare like hummus and yogurt. In 2010, the company announced plans to cut sugar, fat and sodium in its products to address health and nutrition concerns. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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How One Man Tried To Slim Down Big Soda From The Inside

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Two camels fight during the Camel Wrestling Championship in the town of Selcuk, near the western coastal city of Ismir, Turkey, on Jan. 15, 2012. It's the biggest event of the camel-wrestling season in Turkey. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA /Landov hide caption

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Like Sumo Wrestling, With Lots Of Spit: Camels Tussle In Turkey

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Vice President Joe Biden participates in a round-table discussion on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Friday. The panelists included people who worked on gun safety after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Obama Administration Takes Gun Control Fight Outside Washington

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Sarah Collins Rudolph was with her sister Addie Mae Collins when a bomb exploded in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The 1963 bombing killed her sister and three other girls, and Collins Rudolph was seriously injured in the attack. Frank Couch/AL.COM /Landov hide caption

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Long Forgotten, 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor Speaks Out

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A New York City police academy graduation ceremony on Dec. 28, 2012, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the New York murder rate has hit an all-time low. While some point to the NYPD's policing tactics to explain the decline, others say economic and demographic shifts are also at work. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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New York Murder Rate Plummets, But Who Should Get The Credit?

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People walk past a closed business affected by Hurricane Sandy in the heavily damaged South Street Seaport in New York City in December. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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In Lower Manhattan, Sandy Still Keeping Businesses Dark

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Forty years after Roe v. Wade --€” and nearly 50 years after the start of efforts toward legalizing abortion €-- the debate still carries on, with younger generations ready to take up the cause for both sides. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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'Roe V. Wade' Turns 40, But Abortion Debate Is Even Older

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The Big Sandy Power Plant, 4 miles north of Louisa, is the biggest industry in Lawrence County. Local residents blame President Obama's environmental policies for the company's plans to close the plant in 2015. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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In Kentucky's Coal Country, A Resentment For Obama

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An Inaugural Memory: President Lincoln's Food Fight

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Barack Obama takes the oath of office beside his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha, right, and Malia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. Chuck Kennedy/AP hide caption

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The Presidential Oath: Not Always Perfect, But It Gets The Job Done

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New education standards place more emphasis on nonfiction reading and writing over fiction works. Some say this could lead students away from a passionate engagement with literature. Chris Sadowski /iStockphoto hide caption

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New Reading Standards Aim To Prep Kids For College — But At What Cost?

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Hannah and Marty eat watermelon snacks at the Save the Chimps sanctuary. Save the Chimps hide caption

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Figuring How To Pay For (Chimp) Retirement

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