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Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's executive vice president, speaks in response to the Connecticut school shootings, at a news conference in Washington on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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National

Democrats Slam NRA's Response To School Shooting

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Democrats Slam NRA's Response To School Shooting

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Visitors at the Chichen Itza archaeological park in Yucatan state, Mexico, celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar cycle. Even a failed apocalypse has value, in reminding us that life is fragile and unpredictable. Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion

The Mayan Apocalypse: Worthwhile, In Hindsight

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The Mayan Apocalypse: Worthwhile, In Hindsight

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Police officers detain a protester outside the lower house of Russia's parliament on Wednesday. This week, Russian legislators passed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children after the U.S. passed a law that rebukes Russia for human rights abuses. Evgeny Feldman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Adoption Ban Puts Orphans At Center Of U.S.-Russia Dispute

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Adolphe Bizwinayo left Rwanda as a refugee and says his new city, Dayton, Ohio, helped him transition to American life with initiatives like the Dayton World Soccer Games. Shawndra Jones for NPR hide caption

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National

Immigrants Welcomed: A City Sees Economic Promise

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Immigrants Welcomed: A City Sees Economic Promise

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Retailers are finding that shoplifting at self-serve checkout lines is surprisingly common. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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Naughty Or Nice? Retailers Use Smiles To Fight Self-Checkout Theft

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Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil. Desiree Furoni hide caption

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Desiree Furoni

Deceptive Cadence

Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America

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Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America

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Sculptures entered in the Great Salt Lick Contest await the judging and auction. Taki Telonidis hide caption

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Taki Telonidis

The Joy Of Salt Licking: Contest Turns Farm Animals Into Fine Artists

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Dancer Fogo de Deus, who is part of the Os Kuduristas project of traveling kuduro artists. courtesy of Os Kuduristas hide caption

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The Record

'Kuduro,' The Dance That Keeps Angola Going

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'Kuduro,' The Dance That Keeps Angola Going

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