Some businesses in Ferguson have boarded up their windows in anticipation of the grand jury announcement whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

A grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., may be near. Residents and businesses are preparing for what comes next.

Galindo's "zapatello" uses gears and cranks to hit a shoe and glove on a drum made of a tire and rawhide. Richard Misrach/Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles hide caption

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Lost — Then Found — Along The Border, Objects Become Art

A photographer's journey along the U.S.-Mexico border turned up dramatic images of lost possessions. Those found items were later made into instruments that sound just like that desolate landscape.

Goats and Soda

Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

As Ebola surges in the east African country, the capital city sends surveillance teams into the neighborhoods to record who might be sick with the virus — or already dead.

Civilians who had just recently arrived in Yola prepare to flee again, this time in a large open-top truck headed to the city of Jos. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR hide caption

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Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

Many of the displaced ended up in camps in the city of Yola. Now they're racing further away as concerns grow that Yola also faces attack, and that the government isn't doing enough to stop it.

At the eighth annual Desert Bus for Hope online telethon, participants celebrate passing the fundraising mark of the seventh event. Meanwhile, in the bottom right, a driver named Paul suffers through actually playing Desert Bus for hours on end. Andrew Ferguson/Desert Bus for Hope hide caption

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Terrible Video Game, Great Fundraiser: Meet Desert Bus For Hope

Desert Bus, a parody game invented by magicians Penn and Teller, consists of driving a bus on a featureless road for hours. A comedy troupe in Canada has turned that monotony into money for charity.

"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers. Dawn Jones/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Music Articles

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

Two composers became instrument builders to score the film, set in the pioneer days of the American West. "We both knew what the movie sounded like. We just had to find it," Tommy Lee Jones says.

A relative of Abdel Rahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month, stands at his family home after it was razed by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood on Wednesday. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

After a deadly attack by a Palestinian militant last month, Israel blew up his family's apartment. Israel says the aim is deterrence while the Palestinians call it collective punishment.

A truckload of chardonnay is ready to deliver to the winery for crushing in this 2006 photo from Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, Calif. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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Lovers Of California Wine, Keep An Eye On Anderson Valley Ozy.com

Anderson Valley doesn't typically make the short list when travelers are planning a California wine vacation. But commentator Christine Ciarmello says it's like visiting Napa — back in the '70s.

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The Houbara bustard migrates in large numbers every winter from Central Asia to Pakistan. Wealthy Arabs go to Pakistan to hunt the bird, but as its numbers decline, some Pakistanis say the practice should stop. Shankar S./Flickr hide caption

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Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

It's winter in Pakistan, where they try not to let the bustards get them down. The Houbara bustard, that is: a large, likeable bird that's a favorite hunting target for rich foreigners. Some say the hunting has to stop.

Entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during a Nov. 6 interview about the an upcoming Smithsonian exhibit featuring the extensive African-American art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby. Later in the interview, and in a subsequent NPR interview, Cosby refused to comment on the recently renewed attention given to rape allegations against him. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Media

In NPR And AP Cosby Interviews, A 'No Comment' That Said Everything

After rape allegations against him gained renewed scrutiny in October, Bill Cosby stayed quiet. NPR had one of the first chances to get that silence on record, and led AP to reconsider its coverage.

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