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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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North Korea In Transition

In North Korea, Lavish Praise For The Heir Apparent

Kim Jong Un is playing a prominent role in his father's funeral and is already the object of fulsome praise from North Korea's official media.

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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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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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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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