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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. He faces tough questions about the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" gun-control program. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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National

Fast And Furious Questions For U.S. Attorney General

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Fast And Furious Questions For U.S. Attorney General

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U.S. envoy Todd Stern delivers a speech on Thursday in Durban, South Africa, during the U.N. Climate Change Conference. Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Environment

At Climate Talks, Frustration And Interruptions

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At Climate Talks, Frustration And Interruptions

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Presidential Race

Romney Fires Back At Gingrich

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Romney Fires Back At Gingrich

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Newt Gingrich, shown with his wife, Callista Gingrich, attends a pre-debate rally sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition earlier this year in Florida. The thrice-married former House speaker, who cheated on his first two wives and was punished by the House for ethical violations, is now outperforming family man Mitt Romney among Iowa's evangelicals. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Newt Gingrich

Why Some Evangelicals Back Thrice-Wed Gingrich

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Why Some Evangelicals Back Thrice-Wed Gingrich

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Led Zeppelin reminds one listener of a mother's unconditional love. Dick Barnatt/Redferns hide caption

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Dick Barnatt/Redferns

Winter Songs

Winter Songs: Listener Picks

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Winter Songs: Listener Picks

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Foster Smith (left) and his best friend, Mark Ballard (right), met when they were 12 years old. After losing his job, and his ability to make rent, Smith moved into a room in Ballard's College Park, Ga., home. Courtesy of Foster Smith hide caption

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National

Black Atlantans Struggle To Stay In Middle Class

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Black Atlantans Struggle To Stay In Middle Class

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Lawyer and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, left, is taken to court in Moscow on Tuesday. Navalny was detained Monday along with 300 protesters who rallied against what they called vote rigging during Sunday's parliamentary election. Mikhail Metzel/AP hide caption

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Europe

Kremlin Cracks Down, Arrests Prominent Critic

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Kremlin Cracks Down, Arrests Prominent Critic

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The Giant Theremin emits not only tones but also some prerecorded musical sounds. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music News

A Giant Theremin Is Watching You Down Under

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A Giant Theremin Is Watching You Down Under

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Christopher Miller samples sediments from an excavation site in South Africa. Archaeologists found layers upon layers of burned bedding material, indicating that the hunter-gatherers who lived here 77,000 years ago stayed for a long time. Courtesy of Lyn Wadley hide caption

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Science

Grass Mattress Was A Stone Age Bed And Breakfast

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Grass Mattress Was A Stone Age Bed And Breakfast

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