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.

Supporters of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno have launched a campaign to reclaim his legacy, including an initiative to have his statute returned to the university grounds. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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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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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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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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