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.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Lisa Wu Hartwell gets a hair treatment at a "Curl Party" hosted by Carol's Daughter and theYBF.com in 2010. Paras Griffin/Landov hide caption

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Code Switch

A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Carol's Daughter sells natural hair care products for black women. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain its customers' loyalty.

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

Iraqi troops are bracing for possible attacks by Islamic State militants in the town west of Baghdad — and home to a notorious prison. Many residents say they feel caught in the middle.

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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Business

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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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.

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.

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 Congress from the Deep South, Rep. John Barrow is a perennial target.

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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.

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