Makenzie Vasquez (from left), Pamala Hunt, Latonya Suggs, Ann Bowers, Nathan Hornes, Ashlee Schmidt, Natasha Hornes, Tasha Courtright, Michael Adorno and Sarah Dieffenbacher are refusing to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian Colleges. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans

Students who say their for-profit college degrees are worthless took their "debt strike" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday.

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It's All Politics

Obama's Gamble On Iran Adds Instability In Mideast

Limited though it may be, analysts say the negotiations have shaken traditional allies and left both friends and enemies uncertain about what to do next in the region.

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U.S.

Supporters Work To Reclaim Legacy Of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

A campaign is underway to repair former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's legacy after a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky tarnished his image.

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Parallels - World News

Modern Love in China: Shaking Your Smartphone To Find Your Soul Mate

Chinese romance is a mix of old and new, of social networking apps and advice from fortune tellers. NPR's Frank Langfitt drives a groom to his wedding and attends the countryside nuptials.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Nigerian President Concedes Election To Opposition Candidate

A sitting president has never lost a presidential bid in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. Partial results showed Goodluck Jonathan trailing Muhammadu Buhari by close to 3 million votes.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Dozens Of Countries Join China-Backed Bank Opposed By Washington

Some of Washington's closest allies have signed on to a new Asian development bank. The U.S. opposes the bank in part because it presents a challenge to American influence in the Asia region.

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Shots - Health News

Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.

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All Songs Considered

New Mix: Ryan Adams, Jamie xx, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, More

All Songs Considered hosts Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen play this week's essential new songs, including Jamie xx and Joy Williams of the band The Civil Wars, and a classic by Ryan Adams.

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Goats and Soda

Imagine A Fleet Of Flying Robots; Now Imagine They Have Medicine

In Africa, where there aren't always roads from Point A to Point B, drones could take critical supplies to remote spots. But the airborne vehicles make people uneasy for lots of reasons.

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