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For Now, Court Stays Mum On Gay Marriage Cases

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Ebola Continues It's Baleful Advance In Liberia

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Brazil Election Caps A Dramatic Campaign Season

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How To Measure A Crowd, Without The Political Numbers

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Homobiles: Transportation With A Social Mission

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The Surprising Start To The Never-Ending Pasta Pass

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Republicans May Lose Grip On Florida Panhandle House Seat

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Claire Danes, right, plays CIA station chief Carrie Mathison with Alex Lanipekun on Showtime's <em>Homeland</em>.

Showtime's 'Homeland' Now Depends On Carrie Mathison As Flawed Hero

(Be warned: There are spoilers ahead, particularly if you haven't watched all of Homeland's third season yet.)

Showtime's widely-lauded terrorism drama Homeland returns Sunday facing a curious question for a show starting its fourth season.

What, exactly, is this series about now?

That was the biggest issue left by the death last year of Damian Lewis' supremely dysfunctional soldier-turned-terrorist-turned-doomed hero Nicholas Brody. And it's not clear if producers have found an answer yet.

A striking image of autumn trees lining a drive in Vermont.

Photo Break: America Puts On Its Fall Colors

October brings the peak of the autumn foliage season in many U.S. states, drawing both tourists and camera lenses. Thanks to the NPR community, we've collected a few photos that are worth taking a break from the news to stare at.

The photos were taken in a variety of states — except, of course, those where the season hasn't begun to turn. If you're heading out to see the autumn views, the USDA has a map showing where the leaves are turning; in many states, local agencies can provide more tailored information.

Pro-Democracy Unrest Continues In Hong Kong

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