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A nurse weighs an Afghan child at a U.S.-funded clinic in Farza, Afghanistan, in September. A new U.S.-sponsored survey shows dramatic gains in life expectancy and other aspects of health care in Afghanistan. But some experts are questioning the accuracy of the results. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Gains In Afghan Health: Too Good To Be True?

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Taos Hum Eric Tingstad
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The Little Willies: For The Wrenching 'Good Times'

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Let It Come Down Mose Allison

In 2010, Arizona sold 22 buildings in its state capitol complex to help deal with budget deficits. Gov. Jan Brewer recently asked representatives to buy back three of the buildings, including the State House of Representatives (right), as the state's financial situation has improved. The Old Arizona Capitol Building (left) was not part of the deal. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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States' Fiscal Future Starts To Look A Bit Brighter

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Elm Street Lanterna
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I'd Dance For You What Laura Says
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Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club & Ry Cooder
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Los Angeles, No. 2 Brad Mehldau
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B Minor Lanterna
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The 168-year-old British tabloid News of the World shut down last July after a widespread scandal that involved phone and voice mail hacking. Now there's a debate about placing new regulations on the British press. Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Britain, Calls To Regulate A Freewheeling Press

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Lambhair McDaniel What Laura Says
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People stroll down a street in Montpelier, Vt., last summer. In 1995, 13.4 percent of Vermonters were considered obese. The figure climbed to 23.5 percent in 2011. The latest national data suggest the obesity epidemic has plateaued, however. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Obesity Epidemic May Have Peaked In U.S.

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Retail Labs Give Patients Information, But Needle Doctors

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Rhythm of the Desert Eric Tingstad
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The Late Late Blues John Coltrane
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Daoud Kuttab, executive producer of Shara'a Simsim, the Palestinian version of Sesame Street, holds a Muppet at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah earlier this month. The producers say they have been forced to put production for the 2012 season on hold because of a funding freeze by the U.S. Congress. Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP hide caption

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'F' Is For Funding ... Which Palestinian Muppets Lack

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Brambles Jónsi
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Good Times Jonathan Butler
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