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Cassimo Bique, an OB-GYN, sits with traditional birth attendants in Mozambique. Bique is an advocate for the drug misoprostol, which can prevent postpartum hemorrhaging in women. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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Many of the women in the community called "The 25th of June" began childbearing as teenagers in Mozambique. They all say that soon after their first periods, they took part in an initiation ritual called okanone that taught them about sex. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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The Padaria Allianca, a bakery in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, turns out 12,000 loaves of bread a day. The Mozambican government is planning to end flour subsidies it can't afford, putting the bakery's business in doubt. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A print made in 1890 commemorates the 1863 storming of Morris Island by the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, one of the first all-black units of the Union Army. The men lost that battle, but proved themselves as soldiers. Kurz & Allison/Library of Congress hide caption

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Alzheimer's Research Advocate Tom DeBaggio Dies

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Photographer Sally Mann and Larry Mann, in her home gallery in Lexington, Va., have been married for 40 years. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A baby cheetah, a little over a month old, gets its daily weigh-in. Bilal Qureshi/NPR hide caption

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As winter approaches, Bill Thompson gave Melissa Block's backyard in Washington, D.C., a bird feeding makeover. "It's the time of year most folks start feeding actively, cause we get a lot of the northern birds coming down for the winter, to what they feel is our milder climate," he says. Here, an Eastern bluebird sits on an icy feeder. Bill Thompson III hide caption

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Bird Feeding Tips For The Urban Yard

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Artist Maira Kalman set out on a yearlong adventure to paint and write the story of American democracy -- and out of it came the book And The Pursuit Of Happiness, a quirky, graphic diary with vivid paintings and whimsical handwritten text. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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A 'Love Letter To America' In Quirky Illustrations

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Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) (right) speaks to a potential voter during a campaign rally at Tonsler Park in Charlottesville, Va, on Oct. 10. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Enters The Heated Battle For Virginia's 5th

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Chicago Mayor Daley Won't Seek Re-Election

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Scientists: Bacteria Consuming BP Oil

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