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Pag-asa island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, is claimed by both the Philippines and China. It's the only inhabited island in the Spratlys. Rolex Dela Pena/Pool/AP hide caption

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In The Tussle For The South China Sea, A Mayor Tries To Protect His Island

China's claims of territory in the South China Sea are alarming its neighbors. The Filipino mayor of the disputed Spratly Islands is on the front line of the dispute.

Lower-back pain is one of the top three reasons that Americans go to the doctor. But the solution can be a DIY project. iStockphoto hide caption

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Forget The Gizmos: Exercise Works Best For Lower-Back Pain

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Jesse Mackey, an NRA member, has taught concealed-carry classes out of his living room in Xenia, Ohio, for a decade. Lewis Wallace/WYSO hide caption

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Gun Rights Supporters Carry On After Obama's Executive Actions

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Part of the main street in Hilo, Hawaii, was flattened by a tsunami in April 1946. That big wave was triggered by a quake near the Aleutian Islands, where the edges of two tectonic plates continue to collide. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Aleutian Quake Zone Could Shoot Big Tsunamis To Hawaii, California

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Pag-asa island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, is claimed by both the Philippines and China. It's the only inhabited island in the Spratlys. Rolex Dela Pena/Pool/AP hide caption

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In The Tussle For The South China Sea, A Mayor Tries To Protect His Island

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Wood specialist Mike Bamforth examines the base of a Bronze Age wooden bucket at the excavation site. Dave Webb/Cambridge Archaeology Unit hide caption

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Everyday Life In A Bronze Age Village Emerges In U.K. Excavation

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The Supreme Court's ruling casts doubt on the status of the 390 inmates on death row in Florida. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida's Death Penalty System

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is following through on a promise he made to drop the state-run health insurance exchange in favor of the federal HealthCare.gov. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Kentucky Governor Tells Feds He Will Dismantle State's Insurance Exchange

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Dave Manning (left) and three other veterans who are studying to become physician assistants at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Brian Strickland / News.UNCHealthcare.org hide caption

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Making The Most Of Military Medics' Field Experience

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Mohammed al-Nimr is the son Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed by Saudi Arabia. Courtesy of Mohammed al-Nimr hide caption

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Shiite Sheikh Executed By Saudi Arabia Preached Against Violence, Son Says

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