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Most civilians have fled the Syrian town of Derat Azza after protracted shelling by Syrian troops. Shops are closed, and rebels are trying to tightly control any information flowing out of the town. Bunny Coleman for NPR hide caption

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Inside Rebel-Held Syria

In Syrian Conflict, Both Sides Vie To Control Message

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In Syrian Conflict, Both Sides Vie To Control Message

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Sasha Feachem (right) will be performing in an urban street dance during the London Olympics' opening ceremony Friday. Tom Goldman/NPR hide caption

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'Tremendous Honor': Dancing For The World At Olympics Opener

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Hollywood animal trainer Frank Inn with Higgins, a shelter dog known for his starring roles in the 1960s TV series Petticoat Junction and the 1974 film Benji. Courtesy of Kathleen Copson hide caption

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Dead Stop

The Trainer Who Created Four-Legged Stars

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The Trainer Who Created Four-Legged Stars

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President George W. Bush signs tax cut legislation on June 7, 2001. The cuts from this and a subsequent bill are set to expire at the end of 2012. Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Would Pay More — Romney, A Lot More — If Bush-Era Tax Cuts End

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Tomatoes getting a splash of water reinforces the notion that McDonald's food is wholesome in China, as seen in this video screengrab. McDonald's China hide caption

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The Salt

McDonald's Food Has A Healthy Glow, At Least In China

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McDonald's Food Has A Healthy Glow, At Least In China

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says covering the uninsured shouldn't be Republicans' top health priority. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

GOP Says Coverage For The Uninsured Is No Longer The Priority

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GOP Says Coverage For The Uninsured Is No Longer The Priority

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Nurse Maria Vatista draws blood from a Greek drug addict for an HIV test in a mobile testing van in Athens last year. HIV infection rates are rising, as Greece's financial crisis has led the government to cut health and social services, including a successful needle exchange program. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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AIDS: A Turning Point

Greece's Latest Crisis: Rising HIV Cases

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Greece's Latest Crisis: Rising HIV Cases

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Pedestrians walk past a medical marijuana dispensary in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles Tuesday. The City Council voted that day to ban marijuana shops outright. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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L.A. Council Bans Pot Shops After Regulation Struggle

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