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Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind

La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Mexican-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point.

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China Central Television anchor Rui Chenggang is the latest high-profile person to be arrested in China's massive anti-corruption drive. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign

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A Growing Movement To Spread Faith, Love — And Clean Laundry

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Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind

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Sasuama Bebo Valdes Y Su Orquestra Sabor De Cuba

Immigrants run to jump on a train in Ixtepec, Mexico, during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been crossing the border. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

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Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

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Nora Sandigo sits with Ronald Soza and his sister Cecia in 2009, while the children were on a hunger strike to protest the deportation of their mother. Sandigo is the legal guardian of the Soza children (now 15 and 18) — and 815 other American children of undocumented immigrants. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents

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"What Batman provides, what all superheroes provide is this notion that good will triumph over evil," says author Glen Weldon. "That evil will have its day, but there will be somebody up there who will keep trying, who will keep looking out for us. ... He's catharsis in a cape." Above, Adam West, as Batman, makes a road safety film with child actors in Kensington, London in the late 1960s. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge

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