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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta sits with Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, as they fly in a Black Hawk helicopter over Baghdad on Monday. Paul J. Richards/AP hide caption

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In Iraq, Panetta Has Tough Words On Troop Deadline

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Iraqi demonstrators shout slogans during a weekly protest against corruption, unemployment and poor public services in the war-torn country at Baghdad's Tahrir Square on July 8. Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish member of Parliament, says it's the Iraqi people who are losing out as a political stalemate continues. Ali al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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World

Dispute Over Key Jobs Stalls Iraq's Government

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Dispute Over Key Jobs Stalls Iraq's Government

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Seamstresses sew wedding dresses at Kleinfeld Bridal, one of the world's largest bridal emporiums. Brides who call because of the new law probably won't have an appointment for another month. Margot Adler/NPR hide caption

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National

New York City Anticipates Gay-Wedding Boom

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New York City Anticipates Gay-Wedding Boom

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Two female figurines stand atop a wedding cake on display in a New York bakery. Lesbian couples are twice as likely to marry as gay couples, UCLA demographer Gary Gates says. AP hide caption

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National

Lesbian Couples Boosting Gay Marriage Numbers

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Lesbian Couples Boosting Gay Marriage Numbers

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With a January 2012 deadline looming on a U.S. law mandating energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs, some political forces don't want to turn out the lights. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Energy

GOP Support Dims For Energy-Saving Bulbs

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GOP Support Dims For Energy-Saving Bulbs

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Surgical fellow Pablo Laje (left) and Dr. Scott Adzick finish prenatal surgery on Sarah White. Her fetus has spina bifida — a hole in the lower back that exposes the spinal cord. Jane Greenhalgh/NPR hide caption

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Science And Medicine

A Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida Comes Of Age

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A Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida Comes Of Age

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