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A United Airlines aircraft passes by a Continental Airlines plane at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in 2006. Their merger, begun in 2010, has been difficult, analysts say. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Airline Mega-Mergers: 'Good, Bad And Ugly'

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The Crystal River Nuclear Plant has stood idle since workers cracked the reactor's containment building in 2009. The facility is now slated to close permanently. Will Vragovic/AP hide caption

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Taxpayers Steaming Over Florida Nuclear Plant's Shuttering

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Tidal Imogen Heap
In Her Music Box Atmosphere

Perch exposed to the anxiety drug oxazepam were more daring and ate more quickly than fish that lived in drug-free water. Courtesy of Bent Christensen hide caption

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Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny

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Cult of Color/Act 2, Scene 4. Sesom and His Disciples Graham Reynolds
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Turn It Up Shitake Monkey
Orange Blossom Special Johnny Cash
Safari Strut Whitefield Brothers

A male northern elephant seal calling near Santa Cruz, Calif. A. Friendlaender/NMFS Permit No. 14636 hide caption

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With Brawls And Calls, Love Is In The Air For Elephant Seals

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"Jung is a portable meal, wrapped in bamboo leaves," says Jidan Koon. She and her now-husband, Bryant Terry, created their own multicultural version of the traditional dish when they got engaged. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Couple Ties The Knot With Their Own Afro-Asian Rice Treat

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Nanking Road The Shanghai Restoration Project
Home LCD Soundsystem

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey (from left), Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller Robert Hale wait for a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Military leaders are warning Congress about the effects of the sequester. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Spending Cuts Loom, Alarm Bells Begin To Sound

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Diamond Klint
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Elizabeth Reed John Pizzarelli

Now 59, George Prendes works as a telemarketer in New York and struggles to make the rent on his small Bronx apartment. Natasha Haverty hide caption

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Decades On, Stiff Drug Sentence Leaves A Life 'Dismantled'

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We Learn Rob Cross
Clocks Coldplay
Arabesque Nicola Conte
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A typical Nigerian film market in Lagos. Though physical distribution of Nollywood films is booming, the digital market has also grown, thanks to a plugged-in African diaspora. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hooray For Nollywood: Nigerian Distributor Casts Wide Net Online

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Nobody Beg You Femi Kuti
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Jackson Slavic Soul Party!

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Johansen Krause/Peter Lieberson hide caption

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Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters

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Amor mío, si muero y tú no mueres (My love, if I die and you don't-) [L Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
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