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Japan's economy has been struggling for two decades and faces some of the same problems the U.S. has. Here, a man in Tokyo passes an electronic board displaying falling global markets. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Japan's Economic Woes Offer Lessons To U.S.

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A person's DNA can say a lot about a person, but not why someone has committed a horrific crime like mass murder. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Killer's DNA Won't Explain His Crime

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After a 1996 mass killing, Australia tightened its gun laws. Here, graffiti covers the wall of the hospital holding the suspect of the massacre that left 35 people dead. Rick Rycroft /AP hide caption

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Australians Urge U.S. To Look At Their Gun Laws

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Jennie and Kristian Aspelin pose in a pumpkin patch with their children two weeks before three-month-old Johan died. Courtesy of the Aspelin family hide caption

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Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., speaks to reporters about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the Capitol on Friday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House GOP Leaves 'Lump Of Coal' In 'Fiscal Cliff' Negotiations

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U.S. Sen. John Kerry (left), who was nominated Friday to be secretary of state, is shown shaking hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during a trip to Pakistan last year. Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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John Kerry Already A Familiar Face To World Leaders

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Each FEMA-registered family with kids can pick out toys at the volunteer-run Staten Island store. Margot Adler/NPR hide caption

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Free Toy Shop Brings Cheer To Sandy's Displaced Families

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Tom Hooper won an Academy Award for best director for The King's Speech last year. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images hide caption

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Tom Hooper On The Magic Of 'Les Miserables'

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Mike Score, president of Hantz Farms, shows off a small-scare version of what Hantz Woodlands will look like. Sarah Hulett for NPR hide caption

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An Urban Tree Farm Grows In Detroit

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Dixon has gathered her Nativity collection from many sources around the world. She says this set is made of banana fronds and was given to her by a friend who was a missionary in Nigeria. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Nativity Collector Dreams Of Mangers And Museums

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