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Gulab Mangal, the governor of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, says his security forces are ready to take control in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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World

Afghan City May Be Test Case For U.S. Withdrawal

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Afghan City May Be Test Case For U.S. Withdrawal

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Army Spc. Christopher B. Fishbeck of Buena Park, Calif., poses for a photo on a rooftop during his tour of duty in Iraq. Courtsey of Fishbeck's Family hide caption

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The Impact of War

Soldier Killed In Iraq Predicted He Would Die

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Soldier Killed In Iraq Predicted He Would Die

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The Varyag aircraft carrier, shown April 26, is being renovated at a shipyard in the northern Chinese city of Dalian. After years of refurbishing work, the carrier — bought from Ukraine — has been described as "on the verge of setting out" by Xinhua state news agency. Imaginechina/AP hide caption

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China: Beyond Borders

China's Growing Military Muscle: A Looming Threat?

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China's Growing Military Muscle: A Looming Threat?

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Workers unload cargo from the first vessel to enter the Chinese-funded port in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, in November 2010. China's Export-Import Bank provided 85 percent of the financing for construction of the port. Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China: Beyond Borders

Indians Uneasy As China Builds Ports Nearby

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Indians Uneasy As China Builds Ports Nearby

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Mighty Mouse? Male Alston's mice use high-frequency songs to entice females. Bret Pasch/University of Florida hide caption

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Squeaking Up A Storm: Yes, That Mouse Is Singing

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Union College psychology professor Chris Chabris and his students staged an outdoor fight to study inattentional blindness. Matt Milless/Union College hide caption

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Your Health

Why Seeing (The Unexpected) Is Often Not Believing

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Why Seeing (The Unexpected) Is Often Not Believing

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The Getaround app (above) lets users rent personal cars from other members. The photo-sharing service Path (below) allows its users to have a maximum of 50 friends. Getaround hide caption

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Technology

Apps That Let You Share Cars, Photos And Money

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Apps That Let You Share Cars, Photos And Money

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann greets Irene Blom before speaking at a Presidential Lecture Series sponsored by The Family Leader, April 11, 2011 in Pella, Iowa. Bachmann, along with Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum, are expected to drop in on a Tea Party Bus Tour making its way through Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Politics

Tea Party Revs Up Bus Tour, Rolls Through Iowa

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Tea Party Revs Up Bus Tour, Rolls Through Iowa

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Charles Gross, a neuroscience professor at Princeton University, looks at a sheep brain with students at San Quentin as part of an Introduction to Biology class at the prison. Courtesy of Linn Lee hide caption

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Education

Inside San Quentin, Inmates Go To College

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Inside San Quentin, Inmates Go To College

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Newark, N.J., last fall. Zuckerberg donated $100 million to improve local schools, but some are worried the money will be funneled to the wrong places. Gary He/insiderimages hide caption

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Education

Fight Ensues Over Facebook Money for N.J. Schools

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Fight Ensues Over Facebook Money for N.J. Schools

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