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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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Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails

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Pussy Riot: Prison Ordeal Will Help Us Fix Russia's System

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Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year

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Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego

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Eightball, MJG And Rap From Memphis 20 Years On

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