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This abalone shell was found with ocher and a grinding stone. The iron oxide was used as a pigment to paint bodies and walls, as well as to thicken glue.

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In African Cave, An Early Human Paint Shop

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Syrians walk in the Hamidiyah market, decorated with portraits of President Bashar Assad and national flags, in the capital Damascus on Oct. 5. The European Union has intensified economic sanctions against Syria, but the crackdown against anti-regime protesters is unlikely to stop, Syrians say.

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Syrians, Not The Regime, Feel The Sting Of Sanctions

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Muesli Fusion for sale at the Rochester Public Market in Rochester, N.Y. Being a local brand has served owner Ian Szalinski well, but he has bigger plans for his cereal business.

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A New Muesli Maker's Quest For The Cereal Aisle

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This steel plant in Weirton, W.Va., was idled in 2009. The United Steelworkers union worries that a trade deal signed this week could result in more jobs lost.

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Trade Deals May Alienate Some Obama Supporters

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U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) speaks as Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) listen during a hearing before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, also known as the supercommittee.

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Playing Chicken To Cut The Deficit

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Opposition supporters hold a rally Wednesday in Moscow, with the Bolshoi Theater in the background. The demonstrators denounced Russia's parliamentary elections as a sham.

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Apathy Reigns In Russian Election Season

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John Klein, 60, and Bernice Flournoy, 60, visited StoryCorps in Oakland, Calif.

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A Love That Turned Difference Into Intimacy

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In southern Arizona, troops take part in a large-scale search-and-rescue exercise called Operation Angel Thunder.

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Defending Defense Contracts: Programs Turn To PR

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Bank of America's headquarters towers over the city center in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte has long been one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, but now nearly one in 10 residents is out of work.

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Charlotte Sees Beyond Bank Of America's Troubles

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