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A Taliban militant (at right with an AK-47 rifle) observes farmers as they collect resin from poppies in an opium poppy field in Afghanistan's Helmand province in 2008. The Taliban not only take a cut from poppy farmers, they are becoming bigger players in running drug labs and smuggling. Poppies are used to make opium, the raw ingredient for heroin, considered to be a major funding source for the Taliban. AP hide caption

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Taliban's Cash Flow Grows From Heroin Trade, Crime

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Winter Wonderland Jim Cullum Jazz Band & Milt Hinton
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Sarah Wade, 36, and her husband, Ted Wade, 33, of Chapel Hill, N.C., often travel to Washington, D.C. for his medical care after he was injured while riding in a Humvee in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, on Feb. 14, 2004, and suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as an above-the-elbow amputation of his right arm. Sarah has also been actively lobbying to get the right kind of care for her husband. Coburn Dukehart/NPR hide caption

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Pentagon Plan Won't Cover Brain-Damage Therapy

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Flash mob dancers perform on Pilies street in the Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania, late on April 19. More than 700 flash dancers participated in the event. Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Planning A Flash Mob? Better Keep It Quiet

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A "flash mob" gathered in a Kansas City mall on Dec. 19 to surprise visitors with a rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus." KansasCity.com hide caption

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'Flash' Is The Key To A Joyful Mob's Success

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Tianwen Liu, chairman and CEO of iSoftStone Holdings Ltd., attends the company's initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange last week. IStoftStone entered the U.S. market after merging in early 2008 with a company started by two former Microsoft employees, Anders Brown and Lincoln Popp. Valerie Caviness/AP hide caption

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China Aims To Move Past 'World's Sweatshop' Rep

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