MJG (left) and Eightball (right) in the parking lot of Pressure World Carwash in Memphis in 2004. Shannon Fagan /Getty Images hide caption

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Eightball, MJG And Memphis Rap 20 Years On

From the birthplace of Stax and Sun Records, and the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the pair of rapper-producers snatched soul music and put it to work for a new generation.

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Mexican Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig From Tijuana To San Diego

The Mexican man says he was one of 17 kidnapped by a cartel and forced to build drug-smuggling tunnels. Now he might be in prison for the rest of his life.

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Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails

Because of an influx of trains hauling crude oil and other freight across the Northern Plains, Amtrak is facing problems with unreliability, long delays, lost revenue and stranded passengers. An advocacy group wants the government to intervene.

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Maria "Masha" Alyokhina (left) and Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot speak onstage at an Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn, N.Y., Wednesday night. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese blacksmiths in Nuanquan (Warm Spring) Town perform a folk custom called "making trees and flowers." They throw ladles of molten iron onto a wall, creating showers of sparks. The centuries-old custom originated with blacksmiths too poor to afford fireworks. In recent years, urban tourists have flocked to this once obscure town over the Chinese New Year holiday to enjoy local folk customs. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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