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Ferguson Documents: How The Grand Jury Reached A Decision

The grand jury was presented with hours of testimony and thousands of pages of documents. Its job was to decide if there was enough probable cause to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson.

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After Sandy Hook, A Saxophonist Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

Jimmy Greene's new album is dedicated to his daughter, one of the 20 children killed in the elementary school shooting. "She showed love," he says, "to everybody she came in contact with."

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Goats and Soda

In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class For 150 In A Cowshed

In a remote village, poor children are on the front line of an education battle. The village's only educated person aims to teach them — and shame teachers who are paid but don't show up for work.

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The Record

Commerce Vs. Consumption: A Revolutionary Rethink Of Billboard's Album Chart

For decades, the Billboard 200 album chart has measured one thing: the sale of albums. Now that the streaming era is upon us, the chart's formula is changing.

An Iraqi child, whose family fled from Islamic State violence in the northern city of Mosul, stands outside a tent that serves as a school in the southern city of Najaf on Sunday. Some 2 million Iraqis have been driven from their homes by fighting this year. Alaa Al-Marjani /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Amid Violence, Iraq Fractures Again Along Religious Lines

Nearly a decade ago, Iraq's war drove millions from their homes and divided the country along sectarian lines. It's happening again in response to the latest brutality by the Islamic State.

Not-so-authentic Irish: a Celtic knot tattoo. Tattoo parlors in Ireland say almost all the customers requesting this are American. Christa Burns/Flickr hide caption

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Parallels - World News

The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo

The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.

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Shots - Health News

Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only a third of Americans infected with HIV have the virus under control. Most have been diagnosed, though that's less common among the young.

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Shots - Health News

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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Deceptive Cadence

Jessye Norman: 'We Can All Sing, And We Should All Try'

After decades of performing, the celebrated soprano's enthusiasm for music is irresistible. She chooses some of her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.

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