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On the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last week, David Liquori (right) talks with passersby about May 21. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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Religion

Divining Doomsday: An Old Practice With New Tricks

7 min

Divining Doomsday: An Old Practice With New Tricks

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National

After Deluge, Kentucky Dries Out

3 min

After Deluge, Kentucky Dries Out

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1st Lt. Fred Simpson considers a computerized mental exercise designed to improve focus and memory. Simpson was knocked unconscious by a grenade blast in Afghanistan and now receives treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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The Impact of War

After Brain Injuries, Troops Hit The Mental Gym

4 min

After Brain Injuries, Troops Hit The Mental Gym

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Conflict In Libya

Libyan Rebels Gain Ground

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Libyan Rebels Gain Ground

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An Egyptian soldier (top) keeps watch on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing as Hamas policemen stand guard on the Palestinian side. Egypt announced on April 29 that it would permanently open the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip. Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Middle East

Egypt Eyes Neighbors Anew After Mubarak's Ouster

4 min

Egypt Eyes Neighbors Anew After Mubarak's Ouster

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A worker checks the status of the water level at the Unit 1 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan on Tuesday. Japanese officials said the reactor doesn't appear to be holding water, which means its core probably sustained more damage than originally thought. TEPCO/AP hide caption

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Rebuilding Japan

So Far, Nuclear Agency Confident In U.S. Reactors

3 min

So Far, Nuclear Agency Confident In U.S. Reactors

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The Japan Animal Rescue shelter in Samukawa houses about 200 dogs and cats, most of them brought in from the now off-limits area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption

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Rebuilding Japan

Risky Rescue: Saving Pets From Japan Exclusion Zone

3 min

Risky Rescue: Saving Pets From Japan Exclusion Zone

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The new Aretha Franklin compilation Take a Look features the legendary singer's music from her years with Columbia Records. Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Music Reviews

Aretha Franklin: 'Take A Look' Back At The Columbia Years

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Aretha Franklin: 'Take A Look' Back At The Columbia Years

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