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President Obama makes his way across the tarmac Monday to greet well-wishers upon arrival at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Line-sitters waited for hours outside Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, on July 3. Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT hide caption

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5-Hour Line Turns Barbecue Pilgrims Into Cash Cow For Locals

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Anti-Establishment Candidates Trump, Sanders Continue Rise In The Polls

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What Do Low Oil Prices Mean For Unconventional Extraction Methods?

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Katrina Sparked Push To Improve Hurricane Forecasting

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North Dakota Law Aims To Set Parameters For Police Use Of Drones

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U.S. Treasury Holds Public Forum On $10 Bill Redesign

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Scientists Discover New Disease Caused By Prion Protein

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Some Veterans Affairs Reforms Undermine Medical Recruitment Efforts

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