Earlier this month, people demonstrate in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, calling on the government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region in April. Now there are reports that militants of the extremist Boko Haram movement have kidnapped more girls. Olamikan Gbemiga/AP hide caption

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Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

Within hours of a government announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls secured, another 25 were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.

Iraqi policemen patrol Abu Ghraib, 25 miles west of Baghdad, in June 2014. Islamic State militants have captured many cities and town in western Iraq this year. The government still controls Abu Ghraib, but the militants are nearby and local tribes are also restive. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Iraq's Abu Ghraib Is Back In The News, Now As A Front-Line Town

A town west of Baghdad and home to a notorious prison, Abu Ghraib is where Iraq troops are bracing for a possible attacks by Islamic State militants. Many local residents feel caught in the middle.

Under the watch of the National Park Service, $3 million worth of illegal construction projects went on for nearly a decade at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa. Clay Masters/NPR hide caption

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Park Service Construction Damaged Native American Burial Sites WOI

National Park Service officials approved $3 million in illegal construction projects over a decade that damaged one of the nation's most sacred Indian burial sites in northeast Iowa.

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Darius Clark Monroe, 33, and David Ned, 63, met while Monroe was working on a documentary about a robbery he committed in his teens. The film, Evolution of a Criminal, will air on PBS in January 2015. StoryCorps hide caption

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Honor Student Turned Bank Robber Returns For Forgiveness

A man who robbed a bank when he was a high school honor student sits down with a customer who was in the bank that day.

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Music News

Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

The mockingbird is known for latching on to sounds and repeating them. But in the case of a certain four-note phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate, the bird may be the original artist.

Rep. John Barrow speaks at First African Baptist Church in Dublin, Ga. Barrow needs African-Americans to turn out on Election Day, but they're not enough to put him over the top. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Courting Republicans, Georgia Democrat Tries To Keep His Seat GPB

As the last white Democrat in the Deep South, Congressman John Barrow is a perennial target. So far, he's managed to stay in office by portraying himself as an independent voice.

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Demonstrators march through the street on Oct. 13, in St Louis, Mo. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted following the Aug. 9, killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in suburban Ferguson. Another teenager, Vonderrit Myers Jr., was killed by a St. Louis police officer on Oct. 8. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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With Ferguson Protests, 20-Somethings Become First-Time Activists

Near Ferguson, Mo., young people are taking the lead in protesting police brutality. Many say they had never considered activism before, but saw Michael Brown's shooting death as a call to action.

The phone company Vonage reported a 10 percent drop in voice mail retrievals over the past year. Many of those ignoring voice mails are millennials. iStockphoto hide caption

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'Please Do Not Leave A Message.' Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

"When it comes to voice mail, they're just over it," says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it's still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.

Marvin Eaton owns a farm in Belew's Creek, N.C., where he grows 200 acres of tobacco. He bought the farm from his grandfather and plans to pass it down to his son. Emily McCord/WFDD hide caption

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Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net WFDD

The last tobacco subsidy payments go to tobacco farmers at the end of this month. The government program was intended to help growers transition out of a Depression-era tobacco price-fixing system.

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America's Test Kitchen recommends cooking meat, like this pan-seared steak, at a moderate temperature to seal in the juices. Carl Tremblay/Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen hide caption

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The Salt

'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

The Fairfax County 911 Center in Virginia takes calls during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was relatively easy to locate callers when most people used landlines. But most 911 calls now come from cellphones, which can pinpoint a callers' location only within 100 to 300 meters. Greg E. Mathieson Sr./Mai/Landov hide caption

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Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Might Think

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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Wild Beasts: A 'Beautiful Truth' In A Beautiful Bar

We asked the romantic London band to perform a song from its album Present Tense in The Campbell Apartment, an antique bar tucked into the corner of New York's bustling Grand Central Station.

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