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The Seattle Space Needle's 50th anniversary is Saturday. Though the top of the Needle has been off-white for years, it's being painted its original color, "galaxy gold," for the anniversary. Dan Callister/Getty Images hide caption

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National

Back To The Future: Seattle's Space Needle Turns 50

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Back To The Future: Seattle's Space Needle Turns 50

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Angela Caragan's A Cupcake Co. offers gourmet cupcakes for special events. Like more than 20 million other small-business owners in the U.S., she has no employees. Courtesy of Angela Caragan hide caption

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It's All Politics

Most Small Businesses Don't Quite Fit The Political Picture

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Most Small Businesses Don't Quite Fit The Political Picture

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A broker sits in the stock exchange in Madrid. Worries about Spain's finances intensified last week as the country's bond yields rose on international markets, making it more expensive for Spain to borrow money. Paul White/AP hide caption

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Europe

Spain Scrambles To Avoid A Financial Bailout

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Spain Scrambles To Avoid A Financial Bailout

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The 150 passengers aboard the National Geographic Explorer cruise ship arrive in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, on April 16. It's reportedly the largest group of tourists to visit the country since the 1970s. Tamasin Ford for NPR hide caption

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Africa

After Decades Away, Tourists Return To Liberia

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After Decades Away, Tourists Return To Liberia

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Adapted from The Servant of Two Masters, the new comedy One Man, Two Guvnors follows the "always famished and easily confused" Francis Henshall (James Corden, left), who must combat his own befuddlement while keeping both of his employers — a local gangster and criminal-in-hiding Stanley Stubbers (Oliver Chris) — from meeting. Tristram Kenton hide caption

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Tristram Kenton

Theater

London Smash 'Two Guvnors' Comes To Broadway

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London Smash 'Two Guvnors' Comes To Broadway

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Oil and natural gas drillers use equipment like this to separate the liquid, gas and sand that come out of wells at the beginning of hydraulic fracturing operations. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Energy

New Rules To Curb Pollution From Oil, Gas Drilling

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New Rules To Curb Pollution From Oil, Gas Drilling

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Dick Clark brought in the New Year from Times Square for over three decades. Donna Svennevik/AP/ABC hide caption

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Obituaries

Dick Clark, 'Bandstand' Host, Dies At 82

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Dick Clark, 'Bandstand' Host, Dies At 82

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks with a staffer on the night of the Florida primary in January. Now that he's pivoting away from the primaries to the general election, Romney is expected to quadruple his staff soon. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Mitt Romney

With Eye On November, Romney To Expand Campaign

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With Eye On November, Romney To Expand Campaign

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Joe, a nursing home resident, broke into song during a personalized music session. His story and others are documented in the film Alive Inside. Michael Rossato-Bennett hide caption

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Music News

For Elders With Dementia, Musical Awakenings

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For Elders With Dementia, Musical Awakenings

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