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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon speaks during a news conference in his offices on Nov. 21, 2005, in Jerusalem. Sharon announced his split from his right-wing Likud party to form a new political party, Kadima. He was on the way to re-election in 2006 when he suffered a stroke and fell into a coma from which he never awoke. David Silverman/Getty Images hide caption

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Ariel Sharon, Whose Life And Career Shaped Israeli History, Dies

The former prime minister, who had been in a coma after suffering a massive stroke in 2006, died on Saturday. Sharon's career spanned the birth of the nation and most of its essential turning points. Israelis had a love-hate relationship with him that was beginning to soften only shortly before his death.

Homeless women sit amid their belongings in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Democrats and Republicans say income inequality is a problem, but they disagree over a solution. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help

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Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman leaves a sports arena after a practice session for North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang in December 2013. David Guttenfelder/AP hide caption

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Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda?

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Happy Birthday Mr. President Marilyn Monroe
Stardust Louis Armstrong

The old bathroom building behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in rural Vacherie, La. The structure was demolished in October. Pam Folse/Our Lady of Peace hide caption

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The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past

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I Like Birds Eels
Wild Palms Tape

From left, Meryl Streep, Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis star in August: Osage County. Claire Folger/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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'Osage' Hits Close To Home For Writer Tracy Letts

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August Osage County (Complete) Gustavo Santaolalla
Arrival Gustavo Santaolalla
As Time Goes By [From Casablanca] Ingrid Bergman & Arthur "Dooley" Wilson
Moon Waltz Brian Reitzell, Dave Palmer, Roger Neill

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he didn't want to wait until Obama's term was up before releasing his memoir because the issues were too urgent. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gates Memoir Tests Civilian-Military Rules Of Engagement

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Architects at Paolasquare International are giving away this historic house in Arlington, Va. for free. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch

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My Burr Minotaur Shock

Jimmy Heath and friends at a session at New York's WOR Studios in 1953. Left to right: Miles Davis, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath. Temple University Press / Jimmy Heath collection hide caption

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Sax Great Jimmy Heath 'Walked With Giants,' And He's Still Here

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Left to right: Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai, Steve Gokool, Theodora Hanslowe, Leela Subramaniam, Kannan Vasudevan, Manu Narayan. Prototype Opera Festival hide caption

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Prototype Opera Festival

Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

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Sassy Samba [Live] [Live] Heath Brothers, The Heath Brothers et. al.
Quota Jimmy Heath