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Police Lt. Ray Mesek registers a rifle at a gun buyback event on Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Tragedy, Conn. Gun Seizure Law May Have Prevented Others

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Janet Wilson describes the charred hillsides above her old home as "a vast area of toothpicks." She found the scene too sad to return to. Megan Verlee for NPR hide caption

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New Lives Emerge From Colo. Wildfire Ashes, Still Scarred

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That's a meme: President Obama and gymnast McKayla Maroney struck her "McKayla is not impressed" pose when members of the Olympics team visited the White House in November. Pete Souza/The White House/Getty Images hide caption

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'Gangnam Style' And Other Best Memes Of 2012 Say Something About Us

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Kids build robots with Popsicle sticks at an Oakland meeting of Hacker Scouts, a group that encourages young people to create do-it-yourself crafts and electronics. Jon Kalish for NPR hide caption

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With Growth Of 'Hacker Scouting,' More Kids Learn To Tinker

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Choir! Choir! Choir! performs at the Toronto venue Lee's Palace, led by Daveed Goldman (left, with guitar) and Nobu Adilman. Joseph Fuda hide caption

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In Toronto, An Ad-Hoc Choir Becomes A Community

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Wind turbines stand alongside an electrical tower at the National Wind Technology Center, run by the U.S. Department of Energy, outside Boulder, Colo. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Forget Fracking: 2012 Was A Powerful Year For Renewables

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Retired police officer Tony Lepore performs his dance routine while directing traffic in 2004 in downtown Providence, R.I. Darren McCollester/Getty Images hide caption

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Is That A Dancer Or A Traffic Cop? Wait, He's Both

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Ernie K-Doe and his fans at the Warehouse in New Orleans in 1974. Michael P. Smith/The Historic New Orleans Collection hide caption

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The Rise, Fall And Redemption Of New Orleans' 'R&B Emperor'

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