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Obama Administration Proposes Opening Up Atlantic To Drilling

The Obama administration has for the first time opened up parts of the Atlantic coast to drilling while at the same time designating another nearly 10 million acres in energy-rich Alaska as off-limits to any future oil and gas leasing.

Jack Mandelbaum, a Holocaust survivor from the Polish city of Gdansk, annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II, poses in front of a photograph showing him as a youth.

A Holocaust Survivor, Spared From Auschwitz At The Last Second

Seventy years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi concentration camps.

Some 300 Holocaust survivors were at Auschwitz on Tuesday, along with several European presidents and other government officials, to honor at least 1.1 million people who were murdered, 1 million of whom were Jewish.

Among those killed there were Jack Mandelbaum's mother and brother. The Polish-born Mandelbaum survived, spared at the last minute by an officer of the dreaded SS who yanked the teen away from his family and sent him instead to a forced labor camp.

President Obama meets Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Obama Meets New Saudi King, Balancing Human Rights, U.S. Interests

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today to meet newly crowned King Salman and said in an interview that the U.S. needs to balance its concerns about Saudi human rights with "immediate concerns" such as counterterrorism and regional stability.

Number Of Exonerations Last Year Reached New High, Report Finds

A record 125 people were exonerated last year in the U.S. after being falsely convicted of crimes, according to a new report. The number surpasses the previous record of 91 set in 2013.

Much of the increase was due to one county in Texas. Thirty-three people in Harris County had their drug convictions thrown out after lab tests found they tested negative for the presence of illegal substances.

Cattle in holding pens at the Simplot feedlot located next to a slaughterhouse in Burbank, Washington on Dec. 26, 2013. Merck & Co Inc is testing lower dosages of its controversial cattle growth drug Zilmax drug in an effort to resume its sales to the $44 billion U.S. beef industry.

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

For more than a year, a once-popular drug that makes cattle put on weight faster has been stuck in a kind of veterinary purgatory.

As far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, the drug, Zilmax, is legal to use. But large meat packers, which dominate the industry, have ostracized it after the drug was accused of making animals suffer. The drug's manufacturer, Merck, has been working on a plan to rehabilitate it. But that effort has stalled.

The Patriots cheerleaders perform in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship game.

A Teacher's 'Pinch Me' Moment: Cheering The Super Bowl From The Sidelines

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Cartoonist? Carpenter? Dolphin trainer? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

Most teachers will watch the Super Bowl at home, cracking open a beer maybe, or yelling at their flat-screen TVs. Lauren Schneider will be right there on the sidelines, cheering on Tom Brady and her team just feet from the action.

'I Don't Trust U.S. Politics,' Fidel Castro Reportedly Writes

Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, has remained silent ever since the the U.S. and Cuba announced plans for a rapprochement back in December.

Late last night, the official newspaper of the island's Communist party released a letter reportedly written by Castro.

If you remember, Castro stepped down as president of Cuba in 2006. He handed over the presidency to his brother Raúl and ever since, rumors of his death have emerged every few weeks.

Holocaust survivors walk outside the gate of the of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Tuesday.

Holocaust Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Auschwitz's Liberation

Holocaust survivors gathered along with several world leaders today to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the Soviet Red Army of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed.

The Cape Bears Brunt Of Blizzard's Onslaught

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Mourning In Riyadh: Obama Visits New Saudi King To Offer Condolences

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