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Students at Iowa's Muscatine High School attend a Chinese language class that was inspired by Vice President Xi Jinping's 1985 visit. China's heir apparent will be back in town Wednesday. Robert Ray/AP hide caption

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A Familiar Face Back In Iowa: China's Vice President

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If that Hershey's Kiss is your last, researchers say it's likely to taste better. John Rose/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Why The Best Chocolate Is The One You Eat Last

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Why The Best Chocolate Is The One You Eat Last

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An Egyptian soldier on an armored vehicle guards an exchange office in Cairo on Monday. Tensions between the U.S. and Egypt are rising over Cairo's investigation of aid workers, many of them American. An Egyptian Cabinet minister, Faiza Aboul Naga, recently accused the U.S. of directly funding pro-democracy groups in order to create chaos in Egypt. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Middle East

Egyptians Harbor Suspicions About U.S. Aid Groups

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Egyptians Harbor Suspicions About U.S. Aid Groups

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Dr. Dog's sixth studio album is titled Be the Void. Chris Crisman hide caption

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Music Reviews

Dr. Dog: A Standout Among Stereotypes

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Dr. Dog: A Standout Among Stereotypes

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Almond trees rely on bees to pollinate during their brief bloom for a few weeks in February. Winfried Rothermel/APN hide caption

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Why California Almonds Need North Dakota Flowers (And A Few Billion Bees)

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The USS Abraham Lincoln sailed from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. This photo was taken from the bridge of the aircraft carrier and shows U.S. aircraft parked on its flight deck. In the background, a U.S. destroyer patrols. Hassan Ammar/AP hide caption

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Middle East

Iran Can Disrupt Key Waterway, But For How Long?

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Iran Can Disrupt Key Waterway, But For How Long?

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A banner hanging in the auditorium at Cranston High School West. After a federal judge ordered it removed, the school covered the banner with plywood and a school flag. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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National

R.I. Student Draws Ire Over School Prayer Challenge

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R.I. Student Draws Ire Over School Prayer Challenge

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Kristin Schleiter, of the New York Botanical Garden, in front blooming red camellias. Margot Adler/NPR hide caption

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The Two-Way

Warm Winter Leads To Early Blooms In Northeast

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Warm Winter Leads To Early Blooms In Northeast

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Aw Muhammad, a resident of a refugee camp in western Kabul, pulls back a shade as one of his six surviving children looks out on the snow. Afghanistan is suffering one of its harshest winters in many years. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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World

Snowstorms Take A Toll In Afghan Refugee Camps

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Snowstorms Take A Toll In Afghan Refugee Camps

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (right) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey listen to questions during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Both men spoke about the U.S. military shifting its focus to Asia. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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National Security

As China's Military Grows, U.S. Assesses Risks

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As China's Military Grows, U.S. Assesses Risks

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