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The Stories Behind The Symbols On Vets' Headstones

Government gravestones for veterans usually have an "emblem of belief." This can be a cross, a Jewish star or a Muslim star and crescent. It can also be a Wiccan pentacle or the hammer of Thor.
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Photos Capture The Joy On Playgrounds Around The World

From the U.K. to Kenya to the West Bank, photographer James Mollison exposes not only inequalities among rich and poor countries, but also the intimate moments that unfold during recess.
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Remembering Marines Who Died On A Mission Of Mercy In Nepal

Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers died in a helicopter crash while delivering earthquake relief supplies. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the kind of people who risk their lives for strangers.
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Take It Outside: Teaching Sex Ed On The Streets Of New York

Sex education often occurs in one of two places: at home or at school. Francisco Ramirez is bringing the subject out into the open.
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Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.
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Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.
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TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' Amid Reports Of Star's Sexual Misconduct As Minor

Reports say Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar has apologized, and his family says they have been open about "one of the most difficult times of our lives."
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Pre-Race Day, Indy 500 Struggles With Flying Cars

Leading up to the premier race has been a series of unpredictable airborne crashes — and no one can explain why. Officials have mandated a lower driving speed, while engineers work to find a solution.
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In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." And this Saturday, Trenton, N.J., will host not one but two competing festivals devoted to this Garden State meat delicacy.
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Openly Gay Leader: Boy Scouts Won't Exist If Discrimination Continues

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Brian Peffly about how Robert Gates called the ban on openly gay adult leaders unsustainable. Peffly's scouting membership was revoked because he is openly gay.

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