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A Syrian man carries a girl on a street covered with dust following a government airstrike in Aleppo on Tuesday. Rebels took the eastern half of the city in 2012 but are now in danger of being forced out by President Bashar Assad's troops. Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City

Rebels captured the eastern half of Aleppo, the country's biggest city, two years ago. Now President Assad's army looks likely to drive them out in what would be a major blow to the opposition.

A customer holds his Mega Millions lottery ticket at Tobacco Plus in Muncie, Ind. Researchers say lotteries often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

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This young male, buried at a prehistoric site in Central Sudan, probably munched on the roots of a plant called purple nutsedge. Donatella Usai/Centro Studi Sudanesi and Sub-Sahariani hide caption

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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

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President Obama waves before boarding Air Force One prior to his departure from Andrews Air Force Base on June 26. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Like Clockwork, Impeachment Talk Surfaces — But Action's Unlikely

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Susan St. Amour panhandles on a median in Portland, Maine. The city tried to ban loitering on medians last year, but a judge found the law unconstitutional. Caroline Losneck for NPR hide caption

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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

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Visa Checkout will store customers' credit card numbers and billing addresses once without their having to re-enter the information each time they shop online. Visa hide caption

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Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online

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Tom Robichaud launched his business, Discreet Intervention, six months ago. Here, he works his dog in a vacant office building, hitting on a cylinder containing cocainelike drugs. Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Drug-Sniffing Dogs Ease Parents' Minds — Or Confirm Their Fears

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Dr. Charu Sawhney examines patient Mang Caan. Sawhney supports the Affordable Care Act, but has been frustrated by how difficult it is to find specialists who accept some of the plans her patients bought. Carrie Feibel for NPR hide caption

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Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

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A Syrian man carries a girl on a street covered with dust following a government airstrike in Aleppo on Tuesday. Rebels took the eastern half of the city in 2012 but are now in danger of being forced out by President Bashar Assad's troops. Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City

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Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, with conductor Zubin Mehta. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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How The Three Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game

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