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Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Pa. Senator On Deficit Panel A Tea Party Favorite

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Scientists now know why coffee rings have dark, well-defined edges, as seen in the image above. The research finding may have implications on the development of inks and paints. Marina Dominguez/NPR hide caption

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Scientists Crack The Physics Of Coffee Rings

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U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke carries his own backpack and orders his own coffee on Friday Aug. 12 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. ZhaoHui Tang/AP hide caption

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Ambassador Locke Picks Up His Own Coffee, Gains 'Hero' Status Among Chinese

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Tom T. Hall (third from left) poses with some of the collaborators who helped remake Songs of Fox Hollow, including co-producers Eric Brace (third from right) and Peter Cooper (second from right). Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Four Decades Later, Country Artists Return To 'Fox Hollow'

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A Libyan rebel prays with his weapons in the coastal town of Zawiya, 30 miles west of Tripoli, on Tuesday. The rebels have entered many parts of the town, but Moammar Gadhafi's forces are battling to prevent a full rebel takeover. Giulio Petrocco/AP hide caption

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As Libyan Rebels Advance, Civilians Flee The Coast

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This screen grab, taken from an amateur YouTube video, shows a crowd beating a man in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. This video cannot be independently verified. YouTube hide caption

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In Syrian Conflict, Tactics Grow Increasingly Brutal

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White pox disease on a frond of the endangered elkhorn coral on Carysfort Reef in the Florida Keys. The bacteria are overlying the coral tissue, exposing the coral's white limestone skeleton underneath. James W. Porter/University of Georgia hide caption

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Caribbean Coral Catch Disease From Sewage

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Google plans to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. At the end of 2010, Google was sitting on nearly $35 billion, and it's not alone. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Companies Sit On Cash; Reluctant To Invest, Hire

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The stage that collapsed under high winds at the Indiana Stage Fair on August 13 killed five people and injured more than 40. The disaster has prompted inquiries into who is responsible for the integrity of temporary stages. Joey Foley/Getty Images hide caption

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Who Is Inspecting Outdoor Stages?

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