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Sales surged for guns, such as these seen at a show in Kenner, La., in late 2012, after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Julie Dermansky/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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The death rate for African-Americans dropped 25 percent over 17 years, but most of that was among people ages 65 and older. Dutchy/Getty Images hide caption

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Death Rate Among Black Americans Declines, Especially For Elderly People

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A special hearth (left) for "green" cremations uses less wood and takes less time than traditional cremations. The new cremation method cuts down on air pollution. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In India, Eco-Friendly Cremation Is Easy — But It's A Tough Sell

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