A man hammers a wall with elections posters at an open market in Kano, Nigeria, on Friday. The country is preparing for presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan faces former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and 13 other candidates in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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As Nigeria Votes, The Specter Of Boko Haram Hangs Over The Election

Nigerians pick their president on Saturday. For election officials, the challenges include providing ballots for the many voters displaced by attacks by the Islamist extremist group.

Melinda Townsend-Breslin holds a photo showing her and her late mother standing in the parking lot of a favorite thrift store in 2013. William DeShazer for NPR hide caption

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Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends WNYC

A woman's family is stuck with medical charges for care she received after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Negotiating relief from the bills has become a part-time job for her daughter.

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People gather at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 2013 to show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Russia. TT News Agency/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

He, She Or Hen? Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun

The latest edition of the dictionary of the Swedish language contains a new pronoun among its 13,000 new words — hen, to go along with he (han) and she (hon).

A health inspection grade is posted outside a Manhattan eatery. Yelp users in New York and several other cities can now find out how a restaurant scored on its health inspection well before they walk through the door. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in New York and several other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

A Houthi Shiite fighter stands guard Thursday as people search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport in Yemen. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Saudi Arabia Pounds Rebel Targets In Yemen On 2nd Day Of Air Campaign

Airstrikes and anti-aircraft fire rocked the capital, Sanaa, while Houthi rebels continued their push into southern Yemen. Meanwhile, Arab foreign ministers gathered in Egypt.

Jeff Wilson accidentally struck Tammie Baird with his car 30 years ago when they were in high school. They've reunited to remember the incident. StoryCorps hide caption

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Twist Of Fate: An Accident Brings 'Beautiful Symmetry' To 2 Lives

Back in high school, Jeff Wilson accidentally hit Tammie Baird with his car. Now, 30 years later, they're amazed at how that traumatic experience led to dramatic changes for both of them.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, seen inside a Soyuz simulator in Russia on March 4, is scheduled to start a journey aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on Friday with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. They plan to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA/Bill Ingalls hide caption

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NASA To Study A Twin In Space And His Brother On Earth

During astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space, his physiology will be compared with that of his twin brother, Mark, to study the effect of prolonged space flight on the human body.

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