With a declining population and dwindling tax base, Detroit has grappled with severe financial problems in the past decade. J.D. Pooley/Getty Images hide caption

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Michigan Officials Take Control Of Detroit's Empty Wallet
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Mushers can bring up to 20 dogs to the Iditarod but can start the race with only 16. In the days before the competition, the animals are taken to the Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska, for pre-race exams. Russell Lewis/NPR hide caption

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In Alaska's Iditarod Sled Race, Vets Are A Dog's Best Friend
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American Electric Power's natural gas-burning plant in Dresden, Ohio, is one of the energy company's new investments in alternatives to coal-burning plants. Michael Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Natural Gas Dethrones King Coal As Power Companies Look To Future
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State Department Finds No Major Objections To Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal
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Gay Athletes Face Discrimination In Professional Sports
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Despite Sequester, Government Shutdown Remains Unlikely
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Pentagon Won't Feel Most Of Sequester's Effects Until Summer
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Obama Says He Can't Force A Budget Deal: 'I'm Not A Dictator'
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That's a light saber, sir, not a phaser. (President Obama in September 2009, during a White House event promoting Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.) Roger L. Wollenberg /UPI /Landov hide caption

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Jedi? Vulcan? Mind Meld? Mind Trick? What Was Obama Thinking?
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President Obama speaks to reporters Friday at the White House after he met with congressional leaders regarding the sequester. "Even with these cuts in place, folks all across this country will work hard to make sure that we keep the recovery going," said Obama. "But Washington sure isn't making it easy." Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Mapping The Effects Of The Sequester On Science
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Talking Science With The House Committee Chair
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