LA County has held a ceremony for the unclaimed dead since 1896. In this photo from 2005, Albert Gaskin (far right) reads prayers as the cremated remains of more than 1,600 people are buried. Nick Ut/Associated Press hide caption

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Urban Combat, 'Inherent Vice,' And LA County's Burial Of The Unclaimed

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Twenty-one-year-old Liu Jing sits in her apartment two stories underground Beijing, China. Her laundry hangs above her head because there's nowhere else to put her clothes. Sim Chi Yin/VII hide caption

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Housing Below Beijing, The Making Of Purple Rain, And 'A Love Supreme'

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Sheila Jordan, Janis Joplin, And Gas Thieves

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Racial Disparities, Border Photos, And Barbie

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Cyber Warfare, Wearables In Tech, And New Music From Bryan Ferry

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James Earl Jones was born in Mississippi and grew up in Michigan. He was adopted by his grandparents and eventually developed a stutter. "I'm still a stutterer," he says. "I just work with it." Stephen Chernin/AP hide caption

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James Earl Jones' Big Break, New Music From Bette Midler, Robotic Baby Penguin

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Adam Driver starred in Tracks, This Is Where I Leave You and What If — all out this year. He says there are surprising similarities between two of his other biggest roles, on HBO's Girls and in the new Star Wars film. "If you think about breaking it down into moments ... and making them make sense as much as possible, it's actually not that far off," he says. Terry Richardson. hide caption

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Betty White, Adam Driver, And The Mystery Of Amelia Earhart

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The Flaming Lips' new album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, comes out Oct. 28. George Salisbury/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Women On Mars, Flaming Lips, And The Streets Of Skid Row

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Cattle ear tags can be used to identify cattle, but the surest way to show proof of ownership is a brand. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Muhammad, Mountain Lions, And Cattle Rustling

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Cameron Esposito, Flying Lotus, And 'The Princess Bride'

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Some researchers have begun to question the notion that dolphins are the super-intelligent creatures they've been made out to be. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Ben Affleck, Gustavo Dudamel, And Dolphins

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Munich's Mayor Dieter Reiter uses a wooden hammer to pound a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel. "It is not most important mayoral job, but it is the most watched," says Christoph Deumling. Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images hide caption

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The Arab Press' Portrayal Of ISIS, David Cronenberg's Debut Novel, And Oktoberfest In Munich

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Jennifer Hudson's New Album, A Poet's War Memoir, And Young Players React To NFL

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Sergio Mendes, shown here in August 2014, grew up with classical music. But when he heard a jazz record for the first time, he fell in love with the improvisational possibilities. Omar Vega/Invision/AP hide caption

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Margaret Atwood, Tim & Eric, and Sergio Mendes's Big Break

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For veterans like Tim Maynard, scuba diving provides relief from symptoms of PTSD. Maynard goes diving once a week, exploring the Florida Keys and shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina. Courtesy of Tim Maynard hide caption

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Finding Peace Through Scuba Diving, Action Star Dolph Lundgren, Rejected Princesses

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Jason Wright, seen here during his 15-month deployment to Iraq, served in the military for nine years before resigning last week. Courtesy of Jason Wright hide caption

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Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, History Of Rock 'N' Roll, Ty Segall Performs

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Red Cross volunteers prepare to bury the body of an Ebola victim in Pendembu, Sierra Leone, early this month. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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Documenting Ebola's Toll, Getting Lost In The Woods, And New Music From Bruce Hornsby

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When behind the plate for one of Mo'ne Davis' 70 mph pitches, try not to blink. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Pitcher Shows Girl Power, Photographing Ferguson, Inside A Death Investigator's Job

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Chicano "Farmer John", Music That Pumps You Up, Teaching Teachers How To Teach

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Danny Trejo's big break came about partly because of a prison tattoo on his chest, depicting a woman wearing a sombrero. Thanks to that distinctive mark, a screenwriter recognized him as a champion boxer. Carlos Jasso/AP hide caption

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Danny Trejo's Big Break, James Brown's Must See Performance, Ebola Breakout

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Eric Clapton's new album, The Breeze, honors the late J.J. Cale. Brian Rooney/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music From Eric Clapton, Teaching Boys To Think Differently, Brain Myths

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School Science Project Gets Attention; U.S. Group Aids Migrant Kids; Music From Jenny Lewis

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Tommy Ramone, the original drummer for the Ramones, died Friday at the age of 6 Ian Dickson/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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A Look At Tommy Ramone's Life, Living With Economic Diversity, Vollmann's Stories

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Rufus The Hawk, Immigrant Children Seek Citizenship In U.S., NRBQ's Terry Adams

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ListenOptimus Prime, Songs of Revolution, And Finding A Balance in Gaming to the Story

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