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Deceptive Cadence

A Holocaust Tale Unfolds On Two Levels

The Houston Grand Opera is presenting the American premiere of The Passenger, an opera written nearly 50 years ago about an Auschwitz survivor who meets a former Nazi officer on a cruise ship. The opera premiered to acclaim in Europe in 2010 — but its Polish-born composer never heard it performed.

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The Great Plains Oil Rush

Booming Oil Fields May Be Giving Sex Trafficking A Boost

The oil rush in and around North Dakota has brought an influx of mostly male workers flush with cash. Law enforcement agencies and activists say that's creating ample opportunity for organized crime — and that more must be done to prevent women from being forced into prostitution.

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Tainted Heroin Warnings Blanket Pa. As Overdose Deaths Swell

Pennsylvania public health officials say at least 22 people have died from using heroin laced with a drug called fentanyl.

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Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome
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