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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe's economic turmoil is the continent's greatest crisis since World War II. But critics say she has been doing too little and lacks a bold vision for solving Europe's problems. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Angela Merkel Fix Europe's Economic Crisis?

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Two C**** Lower Dens
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Soldiers of the 4th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment, E Company, pose for a photograph at Fort Lincoln, Md., one of several fortifications ringing Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Library of Congress hide caption

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Black Scholar Of The Civil War Asks: Who's With Me?

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Fair Dancer Reel Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer et. al.
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Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds court at Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., March 11, 1995, after teaching his final class at the school. The 10-week course was criticized as a partisan forum for Gingrich, and became part of a House ethics investigation against him. Erik S. Lesser/AP hide caption

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Revisiting Newt Gingrich's 1997 Ethics Investigation

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Tanguedia III Astor Piazzolla
Samba 1000 [Nicola Conte Mix] Ursula 1000 & De Dominicis, Barbara
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Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney (left) and Newt Gingrich shake hands after a Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla. Mike Carlson/AP hide caption

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Gingrich, Romney Offer Stark Immigration Choice

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At the Country Club Giancarlo Vulcano
Something Different Giancarlo Vulcano

Shirley Holden, 78, has been coming to Hood Memorial Hospital since 1971. She says if the hospital were to close, she'd mostly stay home. "I would not be going ... anywhere else unless I went on a stretcher." Jenny Gold/for NPR hide caption

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When 'Critical Access Hospitals' Aren't So Critical

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Winter Anthony Wilson
The Circle Game Anthony Wilson
Rewired Mike + the Mechanics, Paul Carrack et. al.
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Kickin' Back in the AM Warren Sirota
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British author P.D. James has written more than 20 books. She is a former employee of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments. In 2008, she was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame. Ulla Montan/Knopf hide caption

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In 'Pemberley,' James Picks Up Where Austen Left Off

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Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (K. 385p) [III. Allegretto] London Mozart Players, Howard Shelley (conductor)
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Winter Wonderland Eaken Piano Trio
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