A Liberian immigrant picks African peppers on the Bowling family farm in Charles County, Md. It's one of a handful of farms experimenting with growing African produce to cater to the D.C. region's large African immigrant community. Marina Dominguez/NPR hide caption

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"I had to learn to deal with it on my own," Victoria Blumenberg, 25, says of the stress of her deployment to Iraq with the Air Force Reserves. Here, she visits a restaurant in Charlotte, N.C., with Pete Kneski. Julie Rose/WFAE hide caption

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Kevin Ray Asbury, who this summer pled guilty to three counts of fraud for promising the same cows to multiple investors, built a million-dollar home and drove around in a Mercedes. Jessica Naudziunas for NPR hide caption

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A bugler plays taps during an Aug. 9 funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. After reports revealed mishandling of remains at the cemetery, military officials are now working to reconcile the burial records of the 330,000 people laid to rest there. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Students leave Atlanta's Emma Hutchinson School in July. Hutchinson is a year-round school that has been identified as one of 44 schools involved in a test cheating scandal. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Cattle use a tree for shade near Canadian, Texas, in late July, with temperatures rising above 100 degrees. A severe drought has caused shortages of grass, hay and water in most of Texas, forcing ranchers to thin their herds or risk losing their cattle to the drought. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Makk (right) and husband Bradford Wells at their San Francisco home on Aug. 8. Though legally married in 2004, Makk faces deportation back to his native Australia. Noah Berger/San Francisco Chronicle via Polaris Images hide caption

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High grain prices and increasing yields have been an economic windfall for farmers. Low stockpiles, the use in ethanol production and orders from China have driven up demand, and are expected to keep corn prices high. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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In June, marchers protested Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration. The state's United Methodist, Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches have sued, arguing the law that's set to take effect Sept. 1 violates their religious freedom. Jay Reeves/AP hide caption

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Montana Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, walks to a bipartisan meeting on the deficit hosted by Vice President Biden in May. Baucus is one of 12 lawmakers who've been named to the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, dubbed the "supercommittee." Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama listens to questions at a town-hall-style meeting in Decorah, Iowa, on Monday. The president took a three-day bus tour through the Midwest to talk about the economy. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently joined the GOP presidential race, speaks Thursday with patrons at Popovers in Portsmouth, N.H. Darren McCollester/Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators hold signs during a July rally in New York City to condemn the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Secure Communities program. Illinois, New York and Massachusetts pulled out of the initiative, but this month the Obama administration told states they have no choice. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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