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Two ships float near the massive oil slick spreading in the Gulf of Mexico after a drilling rig sank last week off the coast of Louisiana. The slick is 80 miles long and 40 miles wide and growing. Brendan Farrington/AP hide caption

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Crystal Buckner, pictured here in October, said her 8-year-old told a therapist that her ex-husband showed their daughters pornography on his computer. The case made its way from child protective services to the district attorney — who faced a legal conundrum under Texas law. Amy Gutierrez/AP hide caption

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American Airlines, JetBlue Form Partnership

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Buffalo roaming on the QB Ranch in West Texas. Courtesy Of Wayne Kirk hide caption

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Perry Beats Hutchison, Faces White In November

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Texas GOP gubernatorial candidates (from left) Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina debate in Dallas. Louis DeLuca, Pool/AP hide caption

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The Bamberger Ranch Preserve is home to 60 of the scimitar-horned oryx, an endangered species that has not been seen in the wild for 20 years. Scott Kentros for NPR hide caption

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is one of the newest stars of the Republican Party, but whether he can carry his appeal nationally remains to be seen. Harry Cabluck/AP hide caption

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