Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari speaks to journalists in the capital Abuja on Wednesday. Buhari was a military ruler in the 1980s. With his victory in last weekend's election over President Goodluck Jonathan, he has become the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president at the ballot box. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Nigeria's President-Elect Goes From Military Ruler To 'Newborn Democrat'

For the first time, an opposition challenger has defeated a sitting president at the ballot box. A peaceful transfer of power from one elected leader to another would be another first for Nigeria.

Dry, cracked earth is visible on a cantaloupe farm near Firebaugh, Calif., last August. Record-low snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mean most Central California farmers will face another year without water from the federal Central Valley Project. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures.

After a long day at the Somali American Community Center he founded in Clarkston, Ga., and then at an after-school program, Omar Shekhey drives a taxi to earn extra money. Often he gives his earnings to refugees to help them with expenses. Kevin Liles for NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way

Omar Shekhey left engineering to start a nonprofit that helps refugees navigate their new lives near Atlanta. He also drives a cab to earn extra money — which he often gives to families to help them settle in.

Heartless Bastards' fifth album, Restless Ones, comes out June 16. Courtney Chavanell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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All Songs Considered

Song Premiere: Heartless Bastards, 'Gates Of Dawn'

In the first taste of the band's forthcoming Restless Ones, Heartless Bastards' big, bluesy sound feels slick and streamlined, with choruses that get grander and grander as the song chugs along.

The Education Department, headed by Secretary Arne Duncan, says its watching colleges and universities that have failed its "financial responsibility test." Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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NPR Ed

The Opposite Of The Dean's List

The Department of Education says it's keeping a close eye on 556 colleges and universities that do a poor job of complying with federal regulations and handling federal financial aid.

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