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With a city still in shambles from a deadly tornado, high school students in Moore, Okla., are graduating Saturday. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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After a half-year mission at the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield lands in central Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Sergei Remezov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mothers somehow know when we've been bad, but when times are tough, they also have our back. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Boston residents celebrated Friday night after law enforcement officers captured one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Frank Cahill, 14, of Parker, Colo., spells a word correctly during the third round of the National Spelling Bee in 2012. This week the Bee announced that competitors will have to know the definitions of words in addition to the spelling. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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At The Spelling Bee, Spelling Is No Longer Enough

Starting this year, competitors in the National Spelling Bee will not only have to know how to spell a word, but they'll also have to know what it means.

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The iconic Chicago photographer Art Shay took portraits of presidents, prizefighters, prose poets — and in the person of Roger Ebert, at least one Pulitzer-winning critic. Art Shay hide caption

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Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Center during the mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday in Rome. L'Osservatore Romano/Getty Images hide caption

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This week scientists announced they have reproduced the genome of an extinct amphibian, the gastric brooding frog. Auscape/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced Friday that he has reversed his stance against same-sex marriage. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images hide caption

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The failed Snowquester reminds us, during a time of national debate, that experts can still be wrong. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Snowquester Fizzles, But We're Humbled Anyway

After Snowquester fizzled, Scott Simon muses that snow forecasts falling so flat is a sound reminder, during a time of national debate, that experts can be wrong.

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Van Cliburn accepts flowers from the audience in the Moscow Conservatory in April 1958, after a performance during the first International Tchaikovsky Competition, which he won. Courtesy Van Cliburn Foundation/AP hide caption

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Pianist Van Cliburn, Warmed Russian Hearts During Cold War

The Texan won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 — and wooed Russians in the process. Van Cliburn died Wednesday at 78.

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French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira speaks to the French National Assembly on Jan. 29, the first day of debate on the government project to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. Remy de la Mauviniere/AP hide caption

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