Supporters of Muhammadu Buhari celebrate ahead of their candidate's victory, in Kano, Nigeria, on Tuesday. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Nigeria's New President: 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.

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.

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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NPR Ed

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 on Tuesday.

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