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Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

The Marine Corps is running a test to see if women can serve in ground combat. "A lot of people think that we can't do it," says one Marine who's trying to make the cut. "I don't think the same."

Empty Chair Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks et. al.
New Day Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks et. al.

Washington, D.C., Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, but started out as a champion for the city's disenfranchised. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

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Light Bulb Does Halloween, Alaska
Moving Forward Last Island
One Life At A Time Thompson & Richard Thompson
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Trio Mediaeval is (from left) Berit Opheim, Anna Maria Friman and Linn Andrea Fulgseth. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For The Season, Trio Mediaeval Spans Centuries

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Alleluia: A newe work Trio Mediaeval
Corrente (After Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger) Rolf Lislevand

Journalist James Foley was killed by the so-called Islamic State in August of this year. His mother, Diane Foley, says the U.S. government never reached out to tell her that her son was dead. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP hide caption

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Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

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Io Dawn of Midi

A census by protesters estimates the main protest camp in Hong Kong is home to about 2,200 tents, but most are empty these days as crowds have dwindled. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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After 2 Months, Hong Kong Residents Want Protesters To Head Home

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Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

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Delta Freeze Jim Ohlschmidt

NPR producer Olly Dearden is a fan of most classic Thanksgiving dishes, but calls sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows a "culinary abomination." Stephen Little/Flickr hide caption

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Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed

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Britannic Salute Band of H.M. Royal Marines
3 Part Invention #10 Bela Fleck
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"To utilize the chorus as the internal parts of characters ... is still fairly startling," says Stephen Sondheim. "The unsophistication of the writing, unfortunately, does it in." Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company hide caption

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Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

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Allegro (Overture) John Mauceri & Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
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