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Can't Afford School? Girls Learn To Negotiate The Harvard Way: #15Girls

Madalitso Mulando needed help. She didn't have the money to pay for her 10th-grade tuition. Then she learned the art of negotiation from the gurus at Harvard Business School.

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Autopsy: Oklahoma Used The Wrong Drug To Execute Charles Warner

This is the second botched execution in a row for the state. Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack last year after a phlebotomist misplaced an IV line.

Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal Thursday. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'It Was Installed For This Purpose,' VW's U.S. CEO Tells Congress About Defeat Device

Volkswagen has "withdrawn the application for certification of our model year 2016 vehicles," CEO Michael Horn says, adding that the company is still working with U.S. agencies.

Smoke rises after airstrikes hit Syria's rebel-held Idlib Province. Archaeologist Abdul Rahman al-Yehiya says residents in his area of Idlib were running their own schools, government and courts. But the airstrikes have set them back. Rebels backed by the U.S. say Russia has been carrying out daily airstrikes in territory they control. Courtesy of Abdul Rahman al-Yehiya hide caption

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For Syrians In Rebel Areas, Russian Airstrikes Add To Their Misery

Syrians in opposition territory say they've been facing the worst of the regime's attacks. Now they are being targeted by even more powerful bombings from Russian planes.

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Belarusian Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins Literature Nobel

The investigative journalist is known for her in-depth exposes of the Soviet Union, letting eyewitness accounts shed an unsettling light on tragedies.

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Treasury Secretary Keeps Up Pressure To Raise Debt Limit

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the debt ceiling, raising wages and the new potential faces of the $10 bill.

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FIFA Suspends President Sepp Blatter And Other Top Officials

The 90-day suspensions go into effect immediately and could be extended, FIFA says. Along with President Blatter, the group banned one of his rivals for six years.

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First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'Sermon On The Rocks'

On his eighth album, Ritter delves into what he calls "messianic oracular honky-tonk." Fortunately, it's an approach that brings out some of the singer's slipperiest, nimblest wordplay.

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New House Bill Could Cut Some Mandatory Life Sentences To 25 Years

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee say the proposal comes after months of negotiations. It's billed as a "companion" to major Senate sentencing legislation released last week.

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