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David Sonnier Jr., from Jeanerette, La., plays the Devil in Angola Prison's production of The Life of Jesus Christ. He was convicted of aggravated rape and is serving a life sentence. Deborah Luster/for NPR hide caption

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A Mexican federal policeman guards the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway outside the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on May 13. The murders were one of the latest episodes in Mexico's brutal and unrelenting drug war. Christian Palma/AP hide caption

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Mexicans Want New Approach To Bloody Drug War

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Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3. The once dominant PRI, out of power for the past 12 years, looks likely to make a comeback. Alex Cossio/AP hide caption

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Mexican Police Investigate Latest Atrocity

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A woman lights a candle during a tribute to slain Mexican journalists at the Monument of Independence in Mexico City on May 5. The vigil took place to protest violence against the press after the brutal murders of four journalists in Veracruz state. Sashenka Gutierrez/EPA/Landov hide caption

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In 2010, former inmate Ross Walton describes mistreatment he says inmates received from guards. Faced with a court order to reform the Walnut Grove juvenile prison, the company managing the prison is leaving Mississippi. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Miss. Prison Operator Out; Facility Called A 'Cesspool'

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A makeshift memorial pays tribute to Bobby Clark, one of the victims of a shooting spree that left three people dead and terrorized Tulsa's African-American community. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Tulsa Mourns Man Who 'Never Met A Stranger'

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Tulsa Shooting Suspect Had Troubled Past

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Gideon Shoes co-founder Matt Noffs with youth from The Street University, the nonprofit youth center that launched the fair trade company. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Lone Star Nation: Today, the Texas capitol flies both the American and Texas flags, but after independence the Lone Star flag would fly on its own. Steve Dunwell/Getty Images hide caption

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Rene Resendez, a 24-year-old uninsured graduate student, used to be a client at the Planned Parenthood in Odessa, Texas, which closed earlier this month because of state budget cuts. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Texas, Feds Face Off Over Planned Parenthood

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Renowned Fixture Of Austin Streets Dies

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Cocaine seizures are up sharply in Australia, and Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel is believed to be involved in large-scale smuggling. Authorities seized about 660 pounds of cocaine and more than $3.2 million from a yacht in Bundaberg, Queensland, in November 2011. Four Spanish nationals were arrested. Australian Federal Police/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Mexican Drug Cartel Targets Australia

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Shannon Powell performs with the Palm Court Jazz Band at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Clayton Call/Redferns hide caption

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Shannon Powell: New Orleans Rhythm, Straight From The Source

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U.S. Marines Set Up Asia Pacific Base In Australia

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