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NPR News Investigations

Coal Mines Keep Operating Despite Injuries, Violations And Millions In Fines

An NPR investigation found thousands of American mine owners fail to pay penalties for safety violations, even as they continue to manage dangerous — and sometimes deadly — operations.

A Comet Appears The Shins
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Sunny's Song Benevento-Russo Duo

An Afghan farmer collects raw opium as he works in a poppy field in Khogyani District of Nangarhar province in April 2013. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghanistan's Opium Harvest Sets New Record

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What do you get when three Israelis, two Iranians and a German walk into a room? A Berlin-based world music ensemble known as Sistanagila, named after an Iranian province — Sistan and Baluchestan — and the popular Jewish folk song "Hava Nagila." Courtesy of Sistanagila hide caption

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The Rare Place Where Israelis And Iranians Play Together

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Remember The Name Onra
All the Days Esme Patterson

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Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep) Jacques Loussier Trio
Nu Nu Avishai Cohen
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State Reps. Barry Moore, Joe Hubbard, Rod Scott and Merika Coleman study a map of the proposed redistricting plan in May 2012 following a meeting of the Legislative Committee on Reapportionment at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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At The Supreme Court, Tracing A Fine Line Between Politics And Race

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Murmullo Ben Flocks
Opheo Looks Back Andrew Bird

Mazen Hariz, a bartender and business student in east Beirut, says it took him seven months to grow his beard. Tim Fitzsimons for NPR hide caption

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Who's That Lebanese Man With A Beard: Hipster Or Jihadi?

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Postcards from Italy Beirut
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Scene Flowers Redline Graffiti
Spring to Come John Butler Trio

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to his office to meet with new GOP senators-elect at the Capitol on Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

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Sonic Wind [Instrumental Mix] Calexico
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Few police departments have required officers to wear body cameras, but that's changing after the events in Ferguson, Mo., this summer. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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After Ferguson, Police Body Cameras Catching On

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When U Love Somebody Fruit Bats
Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé) Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler (conductor)
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Phil Stanton (from left), Chris Wink and Matt Goldman are the founders of the theatrical performance troupe Blue Man Group. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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Sacred, Sad And Salacious: With Many Meanings, What Is True Blue?

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Rain Is a Good Thing Luke Bryan
Hager Fiker Mulatu Astatke
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