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Rep. Michele Bachmann waves to supporters Friday in Sioux City before starting a 99-county bus tour of Iowa. Jeff Haynes/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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In Iowa And Beyond, Republicans In Final Push Before Contests Begin

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A man with a cow in Dong Thap province in southern Vietnam. He got the cow from Heifer International — as well as training and resources to care for it. Courtesy of Juleen Lapporte hide caption

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With Alternative Giving, A Nudge Out Of Poverty For The Poor

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Gen. David Petraeus (center, with no gun) walks with troops in 2007 in Baqouba, Iraq. The area had recently been seized back from al-Qaida control with help from U.S. forces who were part of the surge. The surge is widely credited with changing the course of the war; now, some experts are debating how much credit it deserves. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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As The Iraq War Ends, Reassessing The U.S. Surge

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Reese says that you won't save money by making your marshmallows from scratch, but the results will be worth it. Above, a young taste-tester holds a homemade marshmallow. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Marshmallows From Scratch: A Simple, Sticky How-To

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On Dec. 9, 2008, former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron (left) and former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd wait to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought civil fraud charges against six former top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, including Syron and Mudd. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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SEC Charges Ex-Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac CEOs

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Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al Arabi (far left) meets with foreign ministers of the Arab League in Cairo on Nov. 27. The group imposed tough sanctions against Syria at that meeting, but is now wavering when it comes to implementing them. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Arab League Wavers On Sanctions Against Syria

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Family members burn funeral offerings for Xue Jinbo on Friday. Xue, 42, was involved in a property dispute that turned into a major confrontation with authorities in the southern Chinese village of Wukan. He died in police custody. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Besieged Chinese Village Mourns Its Dead Hero

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Christopher Hitchens, shown here in 2010, began a lifelong battle with a God he didn't believe in when he was just 9 years old. David Levenson/Getty Images hide caption

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For Hitchens, In Life And Death, An Unaware Cosmos

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