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American lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a boat about 8 miles away. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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For 'Star-Spangled Banner,' A Long Road From Song To Anthem

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Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas delivers remarks during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to work on the immigration legislation in May. Michael Reynolds/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Immigration Debate In Congress Riles Up Texas Republicans

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Sgt. Chris Cunningham has served five tours in Afghanistan, surviving some of the most horrific fighting of the past decade. Cunningham is now working in something of a safe haven at Combat Outpost Arian in Ghazni province. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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From Front-Line Soldier To Trainer, An Afghan Odyssey

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"Liver buds" grow in petri dishes. The rudimentary organs are about 5 mm wide, or half the height of a classic Lego block. Courtesy of Takanori Takebe/Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine hide caption

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Scientists Grow A Simple, Human Liver In A Petri Dish

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Kara, Michael, Mikaila and Cameron Milton of Greensboro, N.C., pose for a portrait near the Lincoln Memorial on June 21, after reading the Declaration of Independence for Morning Edition. Erica Yoon/NPR hide caption

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The Declaration: What Does Independence Mean To You?

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Mary Ann Rollings (from left), Gloria Kelley and Linda Lee Stacy were bursting in red, white and blue as they turned out to hear their beloved Boston Pops. Courtesy of Sammy Stalcup hide caption

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Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events

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