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Zahra Nealy (left) and Victoria Chamberlin both stand to benefit from recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Roxanne Turpen and Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for NPR hide caption

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Student loan forgiveness is a lot closer for some borrowers, and they are pumped

Thousands of teachers, nurses and other public servants are learning they could have some of their federal student loan debts erased months — and even years — earlier than expected.

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Abductions have increased in Haiti, but religious aid groups are still going there

A gang is demanding millions of dollars in ransom for 17 kidnapped missionaries. Faith-based humanitarian groups say their work demands balancing risk with the need to serve the most vulnerable.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., led opposition among Republicans to a voting rights bill that centrist Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia hoped to corrall GOP votes for. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Democrats are pushing a voting rights bill that Republicans have vowed to block

The Freedom to Vote Act was led in part by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who was trying to get Republicans on board. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell vocally opposed it.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian firefighter extinguishes a burned bus at the site of a deadly explosion, in Damascus, Syria. Two roadside bombs exploded near a bus carrying troops during the morning rush hour in the Syrian capital early Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people, state TV reported. AP hide caption

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14 people died in a military bus blast, the deadliest attack in Damascus in years

The attack was especially rare since government troops in 2018 captured suburbs once held by insurgents in Syria's decade-long conflict.

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Netflix employees are staging a walkout today as a fired organizer speaks out

The Netflix employee resource group supporting trans and non-binary people is demanding better representation, both onscreen and in management.

Netflix employees are staging a walkout today as a fired organizer speaks out

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A Brazil Senate report will urge charges against President Bolsonaro over the pandemic

A draft report arising from a Senate committee's investigation, a copy of which was reviewed by The AP, recommended the president be indicted on 11 charges, from charlatanism to homicide and genocide.

Dr. Rachel Levine testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in February. Levine was appointed to lead the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, becoming the nation's first openly transgender four-star officer. Caroline Brehman/AP hide caption

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Dr. Rachel Levine is sworn in as the nation's first transgender four-star officer

Levine leads the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

A dog lies on the ash-covered earth surrounded by volcanic lava following an eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, in the area of Todoque on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain in this undated screen grab taken from a handout video. Handout via Reuters hide caption

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A drone company is working to airlift dogs stranded by the volcano in La Palma

The company, Aerocamaras, has received permits it needs to try a unique rescue, in which a drone will drop a net on each dog, so it can whisk it over lava and to safety.

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project is honored for championing overlooked American music

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards recognized the group known as BMOP for its extraordinary service to overlooked American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Boston Modern Orchestra Project is honored for championing overlooked American music

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Billy Porter makes peace with himself: 'I set myself free, honey. No more secrets'

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Fourteen years after his initial diagnosis, the Pose actor revealed publicly that he is HIV-positive. Porter says being open about his health status felt like a rebirth. His new memoir is Unprotected.

Billy Porter makes peace with himself: 'I set myself free, honey. No more secrets'

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A firefighter outside the Congress building in Guatemala City douses a vehicle set on fire by a group of veterans demanding compensation for their service in the country's civil war. Moises Castillo/AP hide caption

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Ex-soldiers protest in Guatemala to get a war-time bonus for service in the civil war

They are demanding about $16,000 for serving in the 1960-1996 war. Demonstrators burst onto the grounds of the country's congress building Tuesday and set several vehicles on fire.

The FDA is moving to approve OTC hearing aids, in a change that lawmakers and advocates have long called for. Here, a man displays his hearing aid before taking part in a meeting. Keith Bedford/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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The FDA wants you to be able to buy a hearing aid without a prescription

For decades, the FDA has regulated hearing aids as prescription medical devices — an arrangement that adds to the cost and effort people must invest to get them.

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The FBI searched properties in Washington and New York that are linked to a Russian oligarch

It was not immediately clear what investigators were looking for, but two people tell NPR the searches are part of a criminal investigation. The properties are tied to metals tycoon Oleg Deripaska, who is sanctioned by the U.S. government.

Armed forces secure the area where Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry placed a bouquet of flowers in front of a memorial to independence hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sunday. Haitian police are working with U.S. officials and are in contact with the kidnappers who abducted a group of American-based missionaries on Saturday. Odelyn Joseph/AP hide caption

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Haitian kidnappers want $1 million each for 17 hostages. Here's what we know about them

Sixteen members of Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries are U.S. citizens, including 5 children. The 400 Mawazo gang that took the group specializes in mass kidnappings and seeks a $17 million ransom.

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Prosecutors recommend probation for Breonna Taylor's ex-boyfriend

The police raid that killed Taylor was part of an investigation into Jamarcus Glover's drug dealing. Prosecutors, who once sought 10 years and an implication of Taylor, are now recommending probation.

Chris Magnus testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be the next U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Tuesday, Oct. 19, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Rod Lamkey/AP hide caption

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The nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection pledges to balance security and humanity

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus faced tough questions from a Senate committee. He is an unconventional choice to head the nation's largest law enforcement agency, which has been without a confirmed leader for more than two years.

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