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American Journalist James Foley, pictured in 2011. Foley's beheading at the hands of the Islamic State militant group has forced a debate over how the U.S. balances its policy of not paying ransoms. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Obama Administration To Shift Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

While the Obama administration maintains it will not negotiate with terrorists, it will allow families to negotiate on their own for release of loved ones.

A new Day for Love Neil Young, Promise of the Real
Thunder Chicken

This 55-foot-tall statue of the Jolly Green Giant — the instantly recognizable icon for General Mills' Green Giant line of frozen vegetables — is in Blue Earth, Minn., about 100 miles away from the company's headquarters in Minneapolis. Robin Zebrowski/Flickr hide caption

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As Tastes Shift, Food Giant General Mills Gets A Makeover

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And Keep Smiling Rachel's
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American Journalist James Foley, pictured in 2011. Foley's beheading at the hands of the Islamic State militant group has forced a debate over how the U.S. balances its policy of not paying ransoms. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Obama Administration To Shift Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

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An Iraqi Shiite militia fighter holds a position in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad, on May 26. With the Iraqi military performing poorly, militias have played an increasingly important role in the fight against the Islamic State. Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Soldiers, Generals Shift The Blame For Battlefield Defeats

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All Day Breakfast Jel
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Unsurprisingly, "Route 66" is one of listeners' favorite road-trip songs. Randy Heinitz/Flickr hide caption

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Get Your Kicks With The All Things Considered Road-Trip Playlist

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Route 66 Nat King Cole
I Don't Like It, I Love It Flo Rida

A glitch in the State Department's visa system has affected people around the world. Many, including athletes, workers and students, have been unable to enter the United States. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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State Department Computer Glitch Creates A Visa Nightmare

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Always Something DJ Mitsu the Beats
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Lannie Castagne teaches first grade at Brimley Elementary School. She does monthly reading assessments to make sure her students are on track. Jennifer Guerra/Michigan Public Radio hide caption

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A Recipe For Success With Two Student Groups That Often Struggle

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Plätscher Paul Kalkbrenner
Something Blue AlexNacila

Najuel Gaylord plays foosball at the Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center in West Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood. Local recreation centers, which have a long tradition in Baltimore, provide a much-needed refuge for children in some of the city's poorest areas. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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In Baltimore, Rec Centers Provide So Much More Than Just Fun

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Guitar Madness Gramatik

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (left) speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at their meeting in Tokyo. The two countries are marking the 50th anniversary of establishing relations. While leaders in both countries stressed the importance of the ties, a bitter history continues to strain the relationship. Issei Kato/AP hide caption

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Best Frenemies: Japan, Korea Mark 50th Anniversary Despite Rivalry

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Starlights Tracy Chattaway
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