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Iranians wait to enter a currency exchange shop in Tehran on Jan. 3. The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the dollar in early January after President Obama signed a bill imposing fresh sanctions on the country's central bank. Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Middle East

Iranians Feel The Bite Of Tougher Sanctions

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Iranians Feel The Bite Of Tougher Sanctions

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The University of North Dakota's Brad Eidsness makes a save during a game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Since 2005, there have been a series of lawsuits and legislative actions over the nickname for the school's athletic teams, the "Fighting Sioux." Josh Holmberg/AP hide caption

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Voters May Break Up Fight Over 'Fighting Sioux'

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy listens to a butcher during a visit to the butchery pavilion at the Rungis international food market, near Paris, in February. Anna Maria Jakub/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

In France, Politicians Make Halal Meat A Campaign Issue

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In France, Politicians Make Halal Meat A Campaign Issue

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Elections

Biden Speeches To Frame Election Debate

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Biden Speeches To Frame Election Debate

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A screen shot of President Obama from the trailer for his campaign's movie The Road We've Traveled. BarackObama.com/YouTube hide caption

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Presidential Race

Campaign Videos: A Time-Tested Election Tactic

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Campaign Videos: A Time-Tested Election Tactic

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A driver pumps gas in Los Angeles, where prices are among the highest in the country, topping $4 a gallon. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Energy

Surging Gas Prices Have Drivers Fuming

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Surging Gas Prices Have Drivers Fuming

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Murray State fans celebrate a 3-point shot by Murray State's Donte Poole during the first half of a game St. Mary's on Feb. 18. Since January, every Racers home game has sold out. Stephen Lance Dennee/AP hide caption

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Sports

Murray State Racers Fans Revved Up Over NCAA

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Murray State Racers Fans Revved Up Over NCAA

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Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai leaves after the third plenary meeting of the National People's Congress at The Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 9. Bo had been seen as a leading contender to access the top rungs of power in China, but in a dramatic reversal of fortune, he was sacked Thursday amid a rare public scandal. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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China Sacks Outspoken Politician As Rumors Swirl

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There is an advantage to strengthening the currency for people in China: It makes their imports cheaper. A clerk counts bank notes in a bank in Nantong, east China's Jiangsu Province. Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Planet Money

China's Giant Pool Of Dollars

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China's Giant Pool Of Dollars

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Steve Martin has won two Grammys for his comedy albums. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood and The Spanish Prisoner. hide caption

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Author Interviews

The Wild And Crazy 'Tweets Of Steve Martin'

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The Wild And Crazy 'Tweets Of Steve Martin'

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