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Nationwide, home sales are up, mortgage rates are down and in many places, owning a home is as attractive as renting for the first time in years. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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After The Housing Bust, Revisiting Homeownership

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Calimoxcho Chris Brokaw
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Lillies of the Valley

Students from China celebrate the dedication of the Taylor International School and dorm, where they live while attending Lake Shore High School in St. Clair, Mich. Deb Jacques/C&G Newspapers hide caption

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High School Draws Chinese Students, Tuition Dollars

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Answer Me Ticklah & Victor Axelrod
Gnawa Njoum Experience Moussaka (DJ Click Version)
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Abel Maldonado, a former California state senator and current congressional candidate, pushed for the change to the top-two primary system. He says he thinks the system will lead to "more open-minded and more reasonable" officials. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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California's Top-Two Primary System Faces First Statewide Test

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Cowboys and Chorus Girls ALO
The Rosetta Barrage Shark Quest
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'Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul's Early Days

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Over the weekend, Justin Bieber's 45-city fall tour sold out in an hour. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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There's No Such Thing As A Sold Out Concert (Even For Justin Bieber)

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Boyfriend Justin Bieber
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Camp Yabassi Echoes Manu Dibango

Linda Door of Laguna Beach, Calif. protests against the health care reform law as supporters file past the Supreme Court in Washington, last March. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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It's Not Your Imagination: Americans Are More Polarized, Says Pew

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A memorial outside Seattle's Cafe Racer on Thursday, a day after a deadly shooting inside. Just a few days later, musicians gathered outside the coffeehouse for an improvised memorial jam session. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images hide caption

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4 Days After Murders, Musical Mourners Improvise A Tribute

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Flat Panda Dianogah
Elizabeth Reed John Pizzarelli

Expanding the refinery at Port Arthur, Texas, took five years and $10 billion. The facility can now process 600,000 barrels a day. Motiva Enterprises hide caption

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Gulf Refinery Expansion May Not Cut Gas Prices

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Israel is now marketing itself internationally as welcoming to the gay community. Participants in the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem are shown here on July 29, 2010. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Israel Presents Itself As Haven For Gay Community

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All That We Perceive Thievery Corporation
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Club D'Elf Mogador
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OptiTex creates digital models of clothes for department stores like Target and Kohl's. These computer designs let stores create or tweak new styles without actually stitching prototype garments. OptiTex hide caption

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Do These Pants Make Me Look ... ? Body Scans For A Better Fit

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My Burr Minotaur Shock
Ghost Trio Tom Middleton & Blu Mar Ten
Aguilas and Cobras Brownout
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We Learn Rob Cross
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