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Wilted Reputations Left By Shutdown And Default Threat

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Cult of Color/Act 2, Scene 4. Sesom and His Disciples Graham Reynolds
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Stormy Weather The Toughcats

A growing number of children are entering puberty at younger ages — sometimes as young as 6 or 7. But in many schools, sex education classes don't begin before the fifth grade. Cuneyt Hizal/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Puberty Is Coming Earlier, But That Doesn't Mean Sex Ed Is

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Battles Barbarossa

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NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries

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Researchers excavated the remains of five creatures who lived 1.8 million years ago, including this adult male skull. The excavation site, in Georgia in the former Soviet Union, was home to a remarkable cache of bones. Courtesy of Georgian National Museum hide caption

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Fossil Find Points To A Streamlined Human Lineage

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Fold Ivan & Alyosha
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Tchavolo Swing The Hot Club of San Francisco
Evil Ways (Karriem Riggins Remix) Willie Bobo & Karriem Higgins
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Just Ain't Me Tommy Guerrero
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Sunny's Song Benevento-Russo Duo
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In Between Lines The Album Leaf

Daisy Coleman, now 16, looks at trophies and other awards she's won for beauty pageants, dancing and sports. She has attempted suicide at least twice since waking up in freezing temperatures on her doorstep. Peggy Lowe/KCUR hide caption

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Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed

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Tal National: The Rock Stars Of West Africa

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Kountche Tal National
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Little by Little Radiohead
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With Shutdown Over, The Race To Feed Low-Income Seniors Is On

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The Last Crusader Sam Roberts Band
Os Grilos (The Crickets Sing for Anamaria) Walter Wanderley

Jack London's 1903 The Call of the Wild was a sensation — it sold one million copies and made London the most popular American writer of his generation. He's shown above in 1916, shortly before his death at age 40. AP hide caption

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Jack London Believed 'Function Of Man Is To Live, Not To Exist'

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Clusters The Sorts
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Funk Explosion The Everyone Orchestra