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Students enjoy free meals on the inaugural day of the Free Lunch for Children program at Hujiaying primary school in Shaanxi province's Nanzheng county. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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For China's 'Left-Behind Kids,' A Free Lunch

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In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, making same-sex marriage in the state illegal. Now, legal challenges to that initiative mean it could soon get a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Max Whittaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Same-Sex Marriage May Hinge On Supreme Court

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Even in the remote Faroe Islands, some children have high levels of perfluorinated compounds in their blood. The chemicals may interfere with the immune system. Stig Nygaard/Flickr hide caption

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Common Chemicals Could Make Kids' Vaccines Less Effective

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Bhi Bhiman is a second-generation Sri Lankan-American with a flair for the blues. His new album is Bhiman. Matthew Washburn/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bhi Bhiman: Penetrating Melodies, Striking Vocals

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Casino owner Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, at the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore in June. The Adelsons have donated $5 million each to the pro-Gingrich superPAC Winning Our Future. Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gingrich Campaign Rides A Financial Roller Coaster

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Slab City is an informal community in the California desert on the site of a former WWII artillery range. The recent recession has sent the town a new wave of people who have fallen on hard times and are looking to escape the burdens of modern life. Gloria Hillard/For NPR hide caption

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Down And Out Escape To 'Slab' In California Desert

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Natural gas is burned off next to an oil well being drilled at a site near Tioga, N.D., in August. U.S. oil production started increasing a few years ago and is predicted to continue to rise, reducing the country's dependence on oil imports. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Foreign Oil Imports Drop As U.S. Drilling Ramps Up

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Ker Paw Nah, 27, is a supervisor at Pilgrim's Pride. He met his wife, Paw Mu Nar in a refugee camp. Their son, Hai Ler Nah, just turned one. Kate Archer Kent/Red River Radio hide caption

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Texas Town Embraces New Refugee Residents

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Founded in 1920, Coney Island Bialys and Bagels claims to be the oldest bialy bakery in New York City. It's now run by two Pakistani Muslim men, who say they are keeping it kosher. Margot Adler/NPR hide caption

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Muslim Men Rescue Bagel Shop And Keep It Kosher

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