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Firefighters use heavy equipment to tear apart a collapsed 300-year-old house while searching for the dead in the rubble of Rikuzentakata, Japan. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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On Japan's Coast, A Search For Relatives And Relief

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One of the soggy wallets that have been brought into the Kamaishi police department following the tsunami. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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The 372-bed Bill Clayton Detention Center is a medium-security prison that is currently sitting empty in Littlefield, Texas. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Private Prison Promises Leave Texas Towns In Trouble

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The U.S.-Mexico border is marked with steel vehicle barriers near Columbus, N.M. The quiet border town was rocked recently when its mayor, police chief, a city councilman and others were arrested on gun smuggling charges. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Families of youth incarcerated at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Mississippi listen to testimony at a hearing about alleged inmate abuse. Phoebe Ferguson for NPR hide caption

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Town Relies On Troubled Youth Prison For Profits

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Lupita Lopez poses for a portrait at the Santa Maria Bull Ring in La Gloria, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 23 2011. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Mexican police guard the U.S. vehicle that was attacked Tuesday by suspected drug traffickers in Santa Maria del Rio, Mexico. One U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another was wounded. El Pulso/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Crime-scene barrier tape is seen at the University of Texas at Austin after a gunman opened fire and then killed himself in September. Such incidents prompted lawmakers in the state to push legislation removing "premises of higher education" as gun-free zones. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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The production begins with 200 people in the stands, and then in come Mary and Joseph. Above, a shepherd stands with a llama. Courtesy of George Barnett hide caption

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Each year, composer Robert Kyr travels to the secluded Monastery of Christ in the Desert, in New Mexico, to write his music. Karen Kuehn hide caption

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Hear "Santa Fe Vespers" by Robert Kyr, performed by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale

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The Juarez Symphony produces more operas per year than any city in Mexico besides the capital. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Amid Unrest, Juarez Symphony Orchestra Plays On

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A Mexican soldier patrols the tunnel discovered on Thanksgiving Day at a warehouse in Tijuana. Francisco Vega/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug Tunnel Discovery Signals New Cartel In Town

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