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California's long-term drought has significantly dropped the water level at Lake Perris in Southern California. According to local fishermen, all of this sand used to be covered in water. Tom Dreisbach/NPR hide caption

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California's Drought Exposes Long-Hidden Detritus

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Los Angeles' Skid Row contains one of the largest concentrations of homeless people in the United States. Robyn Beck /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Downtown LA Grows, So Does Urgency To Fix Skid Row

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Peter Fonda rides the "Captain America" chopper in Easy Rider. Columbia/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story

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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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Munich Mayor Survives Key Political Test: Tapping The First Keg

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Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, right, embraces attorney Janson Wu, after announcing his application for asylum in May. The U.S. government has now formally recommended Wambere's application for approval. Josh Reynolds/AP hide caption

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Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.

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The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break. A&M Records hide caption

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Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

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Is It ISIS or ISIL? That Depends On Who You're Asking

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The GoPro Fetch can fit dogs as small as 15 pounds and as large as 120 pounds. GoPro hide caption

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New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

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You Know Him As An Actor But Jeff Goldblum Is A Musician Too

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Jeff Goldblum performs with his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra on Wednesdays at Rockwell club in L.A. Hayley Bartels for NPR hide caption

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Jeff Goldblum Plays A Jazz Show Almost Every Week. No, Really.

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Comedian Kurt Braunohler does not speak German, but that didn't stop him from faking his way to an audition for the film Brüno. Mandee Johnson hide caption

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How To Make Your Idol Hate You, In One Unfunny Comedy Audition

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President Obama signs two executive actions aimed at closing the gender pay gap, including an order to combat "pay secrecy," on April 8. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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'Pay Secrecy' Policies At Work: Often Illegal, And Misunderstood

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Radio DJ Art Laboe has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a place in the National Radio Hall of Fame. Courtesy of Art Laboe hide caption

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Boxes of empty Jinro soju bottles sit in a downtown Seoul, South Korea, shop on April 1, 2005. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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