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People gather around a helicopter reportedly belonging to Syrian government forces that crashed in March in Jabal al-Zawiya in northwest Syria. Islamist rebels captured four crew members, while a fifth was killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Opposition fighters have made a number of advances in recent weeks. Ghaith Omran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Bashar Assad Just Losing Some Ground ... Or His Grip On Power?

After four years of ebbs and flows in Syria's civil war, rebel fighters are pushing back the president's forces. He's having trouble replacing soldiers. And his allies may be providing less support.

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Bernie Sanders announced his presidential bid Thursday. Though he'll challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, his candidacy could actually help hers. Getty Images hide caption

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Why Hillary Clinton Is Just Fine With Bernie Sanders' Candidacy

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Former Guantanamo prison inmates walk between their tents and the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, where four former prisoners are protesting what they say is an inadequate deal in exchange for permanent asylum. Pablo Porciuncula/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ex-Gitmo Detainees In Uruguay Protest At U.S. Embassy

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Yoga Means Union Adam Freeland & Ambulance LTD
New T Shirt Glorytellers

Tyrone Peake says he's been fired from three jobs because a crime he committed more than 30 years ago is still on his record. Carrie Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Can't Get A Job Because Of A Criminal Record? A Lawsuit Is Trying To Change That

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Zoot Allures Frank Zappa

Health worker Jackie Carnegie delivers a rubella vaccine in Colorado in 1972. Ira Gay Sealy/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

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Rod-shaped specimens of Yersinia pestis, the bacterial cause of plague, find a happy home here in the foregut of a flea. Fleas can transmit the infection to animals and people, who can get pneumonic plague and transmit the infection through a cough or kiss. Science Source hide caption

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Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull

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What Is the Meaning of What Turing Machine

UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers. Doctor On Demand hide caption

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The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

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Derrick Jennings never goes without his hat, boots or cowboy belt buckle. He wears them so it's clear to people that he's a hardworking cowboy. Gloria Hillard for NPR hide caption

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Compton's Cowboys Keep The Old West Alive, And Kids Off The Streets

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Pacific Blues James Cotton
El Beasto The Funk Ark
Fairy Tale Taku

Amar Baramu carried his 70-year-old mother on his back for five hours, then rode with her on a bus for 12 more, to get her to a hospital for the head wound she suffered during the earthquake. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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He Carried His Mom On His Back For 5 Hours En Route To Medical Care

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People gather around a helicopter reportedly belonging to Syrian government forces that crashed in March in Jabal al-Zawiya in northwest Syria. Islamist rebels captured four crew members, while a fifth was killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Opposition fighters have made a number of advances in recent weeks. Ghaith Omran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Bashar Assad Just Losing Some Ground ... Or His Grip On Power?

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Little One Mine (Ghana) Turtle Island String Quartet

Aetna announced one of its largest pay hikes recently. CEO Mark Bertolini says he believes it largely could pay for itself by making workers more productive. Courtesy of Aetna hide caption

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Health Insurer Aetna Raises Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers To $16 An Hour

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Bohemian Forest Pantha du Prince
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President Obama announced an initiative to give e-books to low-income students while visiting the Anacostia Library in Washington on Thursday. Shawn Thew//LANDOV hide caption

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The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

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Trouble is As Trouble Does Striking Matches
Never Meant American Football