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Richard Estes, Jone's Diner, 1979, oil on canvas. (Private collection.) Click here for a closer look. Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.

President Obama announces the creation of a policing task force Dec. 1 as Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey (left) and George Mason University criminology professor Laurie Robinson look on. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President's Task Force To Re-Examine How Police Interact With Public

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An "Assembled in the USA" stamp is seen at the side of a box containing a 32-inch television set May 29 in the warehouse of Element Electronics, in Winnsboro, S.C. For the phenomenon of "reshoring," or bringing overseas jobs back to the United States, the electronics sector has been a leader. Chris Keane/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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'Reshoring' Trend Has Little Impact On U.S. Economy, Study Finds

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James Beard-award winner and Top Chef Masters star Jen Jasinski recently opened a seafood restaurant in Denver called Stoic and Genuine that features a raw bar. June Cochran/Stoic and Genuine hide caption

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast-Growing Restaurant Scene

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Nauvoo Unwed Sailor
The Garden Unwed Sailor

Valerie Davidson was appointed health commissioner by Alaska's Gov. Bill Walker to help him expand Medicaid in the state. She'll look for middle ground with Republicans to get it done, she says. Lori Townsend/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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Alaska's Governor Eager To Expand Medicaid

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Relatives of 43 students who went missing in Iguala, Mexico, search for them on a hill on the outskirts of town on Nov. 29. After the students vanished, searches around Iguala have turned up nearly a dozen clandestine graves. None of the remains found in those mounds belonged to the students. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

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Search For Missing Students In Mexico Turns Up Graves Of Others

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Where the Pines Once Stood Lawrence Blatt
Passing Up Bridges Lawrence Blatt
The Voiceless And So I Watch You from Afar

Number of providers by state who wrote at least 3,000 prescriptions for Schedule 2 controlled substances in 2012 in Medicare Part D. ProPublica/NPR hide caption

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Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny

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No More Water Bells≥
Shrift Bells≥

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

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Balance Future Islands

The shocking death of basketball player Len Bias from a cocaine overdose in 1986 led Congress to pass tough mandatory sentences for drug crimes. AP hide caption

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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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Eyes Closed BadBadNotGood
Hedron BadBadNotGood
Trail of Tears The Budos Band

A man gets information about how to buy dollars at a foreign exchange business in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Jan. 27. Natacha Pisarenko/AP hide caption

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Argentina's Approach To Inflation: Ditch The Peso, Hoard U.S. Dollars

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Periscope Up Emancipator

The Iraqi town of Halabja is dominated by Kurds, the group that has been fighting the Islamic State in northern Iraq. However, some Kurdish residents have been slipping away to join the Islamic State. Yahya Ahmad/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Kurdish Officials Worry About Kurds Joining The Islamic State

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Ethéré Issa
Bibo No Aozora Ryuichi Sakamoto
Soaring Shigeto
Field Trip Shigeto
The Eraser Christian Scott