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In this combination of photos, American physicist David Wineland (left) speaks at a news conference in Boulder, Colo., and French physicist Serge Haroche speaks to the media in Paris after they were named winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics. Ed Andrieski, Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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Nobel In Physics: Your Tax Dollars At Work

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Rion Tucker is a canvasser for Equality Maine. The organization is working to get supporters to the polls on Election Day, to vote for a ballot initiative legalizing same-sex marriage. Michael May for NPR hide caption

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Getting To Yes On Gay Marriage, One Voter At A Time

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Ernest Gagnon weighed 570 pounds before he decided to lose weight by taking up cyclocross racing. Forgoing surgery, Gagnon lost more than 200 pounds and recently competed in his first cyclocross race. Courtesy of Ernest Gagnon hide caption

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Instead Of Surgery, Man Pedals Off The Pounds

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The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case that could determine the future of policies that include race as a factor in university admissions. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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At U. Of Texas, A Melting Pot Not Fully Blended

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Bavarian bishops walk in a procession to the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers near Bad Staffelstein, Germany, in May. A decree by the German bishops' conference warns that German Catholics who do not pay a state church tax will be denied sacraments. Daniel Karmann/EPA/Landov hide caption

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German Catholics' Path To Heaven Comes With Taxes

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Shemekia Copeland's new album is titled 33 1/3. Sandrine Lee/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Shemekia Copeland Embodies The Blues On '33 1/3'

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