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A man rides a motorcycle near houses that were rebuilt in an area in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province, that was devastated by the tsunami that hit on Dec. 26, 2004. Heri Juanda/AP hide caption

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From The Ruins Of A Tsunami, A Rebuilt Aceh Rises Anew

The December 2004 Asian tsunami left nearly a quarter of a million people dead. Indonesia's Aceh province was among the hardest hit. But nine years on, the province is home to a largely successful reconstruction effort, a peace deal between separatists and the government, and economic progress.

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. The agency has been trying to build a quantum computer, The Washington Post reports — but that news doesn't surprise experts in the field. Saul Loeb/Getty Images hide caption

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The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

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A man rides a motorcycle near houses that were rebuilt in an area in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province, that was devastated by the tsunami that hit on Dec. 26, 2004. Heri Juanda/AP hide caption

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From The Ruins Of A Tsunami, A Rebuilt Aceh Rises Anew

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California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste

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Members of Robert Falcon Scott expedition's at the South Pole pose for the camera: Robert F. Scott, Lawrence Oates, Henry R. Bowers, Edward A. Wilson, and Edgar Evans. Herbert George Ponting/Library of Congress hide caption

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Tough Commute This Morning? Your 'Journey' Could Have Been Worse

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Jess Escalante (right), the 70-year-old founder of Mariachi Norteno, plays his guitarrón in a recent Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston. He's joined by Jose Martinez. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass

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Alice McKennis speeds down the course during the women's downhill at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, in February. Alessandro Trovati/AP hide caption

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Skier Vies For A Spot On Team USA After Breaking Both Legs

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Government workers exercise at their office in Mexico City, August 2013. To counter the obesity epidemic, the city requires all government employees to do at least 20 minutes of exercise each day. Tomas Bravo/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

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Carlos Slim Helu (left) talks with Steve Forbes of Forbes magazine. The magazine lists the Mexican telecom mogul as the world's richest man, with a net worth of $73 billion. Jeremy Piper/AP hide caption

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How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club

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You can't buy these panties at your local Victoria's Secret. While they mimic the look of that brand's Pink line, they're actually part of a project by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Courtesy of FORCE hide caption

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'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

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For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read

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