Obama To Governors: Opt Out of Health Law If You Can Do Better

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Rhee talks to a student at a school in Washington, D.C. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Former D.C. Schools Chief Aims To Put 'StudentsFirst'

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Mine No. 13 at Red Mountain Park is one of the older red ore mines in Birmingham, Ranger Eric McFerrin says. Patrick Barry /State of the Re:Union hide caption

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Hiking The Mountain That Made Birmingham

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Institute for Marine Mammal Studies veterinary technician Wendy Hatchett takes a skin sample from a dead bottlenose dolphin that was found on Ono Island, Ala., and brought for examination to Gulfport, Miss., on Tuesday. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Gulf Spill Investigated As Cause Of Dolphin Deaths

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An artist's conception of a high-speed rail car in California. A proposal to build the first segment of California's high-speed rail through the state's agricultural heart is raising questions. AP hide caption

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A Call To Slow Down California's High-Speed Rail

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Roni Chambers, executive director of Go! Network (right), checks in Jennifer Barfield, 47, and her husband, Brian Barfield, 53, at a job networking meeting in downtown St. Louis. Whitney Curtis for NPR hide caption

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The Relief Of Finding A Less-Than-Perfect Job

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Leigh Ann Hester, now a police officer in the suburbs of Nashville, Tenn., is the first female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star medal for valor in combat. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Silver Star Recipient A Reluctant Hero

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Left: Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught during her time serving in Vietnam; when she joined the military, she received training on how to put on makeup — but not how to fire a weapon. Right: An illustrated poster of Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star for valor. Both women are profiled in this series. Courtesy of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught; David Gilkey, NPR hide caption

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Women In War: 'I've Lived Out There With The Guys'

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Scientists from NASA's Kepler mission discovered 54 planets in so-called "habitable zones" in the Milky Way. The SETI Institute turned its telescopes toward those planets to listen. AP hide caption

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Tuning In Space Noise For Sounds Of Life

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Some 16,000 years ago, people may have been curling up next to the fire with red foxes. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Man's First Best Friend Might Have Been A Fox

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An American black bear from the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. A new study found that a bear's metabolism in hibernation drops by nearly 75 percent while its body temperature falls just slightly. Oivind Toien/Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks hide caption

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Hibernating Bears 'A Metabolic Marvel'

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Photographer Sally Mann and Larry Mann, in her home gallery in Lexington, Va., have been married for 40 years. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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From Lens To Photo: Sally Mann Captures Her Love

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Old-school: Excerpts from Wagner's The Ring cycle on 8-track. Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL via Getty Images hide caption

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8-Track Tapes Belong In A Museum

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Yelena Gaziyan has worked at TD Industrial Coverings for more than seven years and is now the work leader for sewing jeans. Courtesy of Motor City Denim hide caption

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The New Detroit: From Robot Clothes To Luxe Jeans

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The 2011 Ken dressed in a tuxedo with a bouquet of roses. Courtesy of Mattel hide caption

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Ken And Barbie Update Their Status

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