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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.

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Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

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H'atzot (Midnight) Trio Shalva
Ad Olam Ah'ake (Forever I Shall Wait) Trio Shalva
Bowen Island Kaki King
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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

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Coastal Brake Tycho
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Hours Tycho

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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The Forgotten Song Rob Levit
A Flash Of Joy Rob Levit
Sunspots Bob Mould
The Fog Is Lifting Moonlit Sailor
Earls Court Moonlit Sailor

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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Speak To The Wild Thurston Moore
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Grace Lake Thurston Moore

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A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage

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Nostalgia Blindside Erik Friedlander
Nighthawks Erik Friedlander
Hole in the Ocean Floor Andrew Bird
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Why Knuckles Crack

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Beacher Enemies
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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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Min Samarkand Abaji
Good Evening Near the Parenthesis

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In Record Drought, California Golf Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

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Yeppers Ray Barbee & The Mattson 2
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South of the Sky Temple Krusseldorf

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