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A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage

Author Melanie Hoffert grew up gay in rural America, where coming out was difficult. But that hasn't stopped her family from having a frank and challenging conversation about same-sex marriage.

Voters in Los Angeles County, Calif., cast their ballots in 2012. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

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Dead almonds on a drought-stricken tree near Fresno, Calif., on April 10, 2015. Michael Nelson/EPA/Corbis hide caption

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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

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Chagossians weep at the grave of their parents on Peros Banos Island April 10, 2006. Fifteen elders are allowed to visit once a year. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Islanders Pushed Out For U.S. Base Hope For End To 40-Year Exile

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This watercolor scene at a mess hall in Wyoming's Heart Mountain internment camp was painted by Estelle Peck Ishigo, a white woman who voluntarily followed her Japanese-American husband into internment camps. Courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center hide caption

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Art From Japanese-American Internment Camps Saved From Auction Block

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A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage

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Why Knuckles Crack

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American journalist Ned Parker (foreground) is the Reuters bureau chief in Baghdad. He fled Iraq last week after receiving threats in response to reports on human rights abuses by Shiite militias allied with Iraq's government. He's shown here at Iraq's Foreign Ministry in 2007. Courtesy of Ned Parker hide caption

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An American Journalist Explains Why He Had To Flee Iraq

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At the Pelican Hill golf resort in Newport Coast, Calif., water conservation is an obsession. Yuki Shimazu/Flickr hide caption

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In Record Drought, California Golf Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

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