A vendor sells seafood at a market in East Broadway in New York City's Chinatown. There was a 17 percent drop in the population of New York City's Chinatown over the past decade, and some say it's a sign that Chinatown is becoming more of a symbolic touchstone. Rebecca Sheir/NPR hide caption

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The Changing Face Of America's Chinatowns

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Randy Howland works in his small office in March, shortly after he began a work-from-home job with a call center earning $10 an hour. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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When The Road Back To Work Detours

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In Katrina's Wake, New Orleans Enjoys Startup Boom

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Unfinished subdivisions like this one in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Ariz., have led urban planners to suggest "smart decline" strategies that sometimes even dismantle existing infrastructure. Laura Segall/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions?

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St. Paul resident Lois Neisen, left, drives a Ranger truck off the line after workers have checked that the vehicle's hood, doors and gas cap are flush at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 during a media tour. Neisen has worked at the Ford plant for 21 years. Her husband retired from the plant, and her son worked at the plant for a time. Jennifer Simonson/MPR Photo hide caption

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Historic Ford Plant Site Likely A Tough Sell

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While many think of the tablet computer as a new idea, the concept can traced back to the original Star Trek series and Arthur C. Clarke's 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Touchy-Feely Future Of Technology

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Onlookers gather in front of the Garabedian family home in the Bronx in this 2004 photo. The Garabedians have decorated their home for nearly four decades with lights and hundreds of animated figurines. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Bronx Family's Christmas Display Is 'So Bad, It's Good'

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Audience members listen to Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a campaign meet and greet in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In an article in The Atlantic, a University of Iowa professor resurfaced the question of Iowa's importance in the presidential race, pointing out ways Iowa does not accurately represent the U.S. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images hide caption

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As Caucus Nears, Iowa's Relevance Again Questioned

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Indian firefighters attempt to put out a fire as smoke billows out of the historic Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, which was stormed by armed gunmen in November 2008. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Heroes Of The Taj Hotel: Why They Risked Their Lives

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A screen grab from "America the Beautiful" by The Agenda Project. According to PolitiFact, videos like this one used elderly actors to falsely suggest that Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan would adversely affect current senior citizens. The Agenda Project/YouTube hide caption

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With 'Lie Of The Year' Controversy, Fact Checking Comes Under Scrutiny

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Who Gives The Long-Term Jobless A Helping Hand?

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Kim Jong Un (center) pays his respects to his father, former leader Kim Jong Il, who is lying in state at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang in this still picture taken from video footage aired by Korean Central TV of North Korea on Dec. 20. Reuters TV/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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In North Korea, Lavish Praise For The Heir Apparent

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After 20 minutes of silent witness, the angels gather around a group of neighbors and pray with them for employment, for better living conditions, for salvation from sin, and for an end to the murders. Raymundo Aguirre for NPR hide caption

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Angels Send Message Of Peace To Juarez, Mexico

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U.S. soldiers celebrate as the first vehicles of the last U.S. military convoy carrying troops out of Iraq passes through the K-Crossing at Iraq's border with Kuwait early on Sunday morning. Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Last U.S. Troops Make Quiet Exit Out Of Iraq

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (left), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann Romney, shake hands with supporters during a rally in South Carolina on Friday. Haley endorsed Romney for the presidency. Rainier Ehrhardt/AP hide caption

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Endorsement Kicks Off Romney's Battle For S.C.

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