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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shakes hands with President Obama in the Oval Office at the White House on Monday. The two leaders met as the U.S. prepares to withdraw the last of its combat troops from Iraq. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama, Maliki Pledge Cooperation After U.S. Pullout

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Michelle and Al Ford relax at their home in St. Paul, Minn., before heading to work. The Fords suffered a combination of five layoffs in five years — including a time they each received a pink slip on the same day. Now they're happy to be working again. Jeffrey Thompson/Minnesota Public Radio hide caption

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Two Make It Through Five Layoffs In Five Years

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Maryland farmer Josie Johnson listens to a lecture on extending the farming season using caterpillar tunnels. The lesson was part of a conference for young farmers held in Tarrytown N.Y., in early December. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Who Are The Young Farmers Of 'Generation Organic'?

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border in Naco, Ariz., in September. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a legal challenge to Arizona's tough new law on illegal immigration. Joshua Lott /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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High Court To Wade Into Immigration Debate

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Wellspring students do high steps on the tennis court. Exercise is paramount at Wellspring, and a little rain doesn't get in the way of outdoor activities. Travis Dove for NPR hide caption

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School Transforms Teens' Lives, One Pound At A Time

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Mitt Romney greets Vietnam War veteran Bob Garon during a campaign stop at the Chez Vachon Restaurant on Monday in Manchester, N.H., where Garon, who is gay, questioned Romney about his position on gay marriage. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Romney Stance On Gay Rights? It's Complicated

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Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe (right) take on everything from Michael Jackson to Mozart on When Words Fade. Brent Cline hide caption

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From Mozart To Michael Jackson: Classical Contenders

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