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The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. One maritime workers union called the disaster a "wake-up call" highlighting long-standing safety concerns and what it sees as lax regulation. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Cruise Ship Disaster Puts Focus On Safety Concerns

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Cruise Ship Disaster Puts Focus On Safety Concerns

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GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich addresses the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. The state holds its primary on Saturday. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

South Carolina: Gingrich's Last Stand?

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South Carolina: Gingrich's Last Stand?

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Scott Gessler gives a victory speech on Nov. 2, 2010, after being elected secretary of state in Colorado. Jack Dempsey/AP hide caption

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Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles

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Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles

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Old mattresses lie on the street outside abandoned homes in Las Vegas, in this 2010 photo. Used mattresses present a unique problem to landfills and recycling firms alike. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses

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New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses

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France's 35-hour work week has resulted in some workers accumulating vast amounts of overtime that they are required to use this year. The problem is particularly acute at some hospitals. Here a woman speaks with a doctor at the Conception Hospital in Marseille on Tuesday. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe

French Dilemma: How To Burn Off All That Overtime?

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French Dilemma: How To Burn Off All That Overtime?

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A truck passes shipping containers at China Shipping at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the busiest port complex in the U.S., near Long Beach, Calif. Stricter emissions standards have cut down on air pollution from the trucks, which has been one of the most significant sources of air pollution in California for many years. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Environment

Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers

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Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers

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Oil storage tanks at the Chevron Burnaby Oil Refinery on the shores of Burrard Inlet, east of Vancouver, British Columbia. Andy Clark/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Blocking Keystone Won't Stop Oil Sands Production

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People gather to protest against Hungary's new constitution outside the Opera House in Budapest on Jan. 2. Critics say the document curbs democracy. Ferenenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe

Hungary Faces EU Action Over New Constitution

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Hungary Faces EU Action Over New Constitution

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"It's not that I've fallen out of love; I've actually never liked sports, and I never understood how I became an athlete," Serena Williams said recently, according to TennisNow.com. "I don't like working out; I don't like anything that has to do with working physically." Tertius Pickard/AP hide caption

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Sweetness And Light

Take Your Ball And Go Home? How Dare You!

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Take Your Ball And Go Home? How Dare You!

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Nobuo Uematsu plays keyboard with Earthbound Papas, a rock band made up of video-game soundtrack composers. Lindsay Totty/NPR hide caption

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Music News

From Mega Man To Final Fantasy, Live Video Game Music

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From Mega Man To Final Fantasy, Live Video Game Music

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