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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate education committee on March 28. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

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Betsy DeVos Overruled Education Dept. Findings On Defrauded Student Borrowers

The education secretary says many students who were defrauded by for-profit colleges don't deserve full relief from their loans. Department memos show career staff arguing the opposite.

Betsy DeVos Overruled Education Dept. Findings On Defrauded Student Borrowers

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Emergency responders stand Wednesday morning behind police tape outside a kosher supermarket, where a shooting left three people dead one day earlier in Jersey City, N.J. Mayor Steven Fulop said the shooters specifically targeted the market. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Jersey City Mayor: Shooting Was 'A Targeted Attack On The Jewish Kosher Deli'

Pending further investigation, Mayor Steven Fulop refrained from assigning a specifically anti-Semitic motive in the shooting Tuesday that left six people dead, including one police officer.

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine's person of the year for showing "what it might look like when a new generation leads." She's seen here at the COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Greta Thunberg is 'Time' Magazine's Person Of The Year For 2019

She burst onto the world stage after organizing school strikes and protests to call attention to the climate crisis. The Swedish activist, 16, is the youngest person to earn the title.

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Shares 4 Works Of Fiction For The End Of 2019

Our go-to librarian says there are plenty of readers who find that "fiction gives you the truth of history and nonfiction gives you the facts." With that in mind, she shares four new titles.

Librarian Nancy Pearl Shares 4 Fantastic Books For The End Of 2019

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Lual Mayen, CEO of Junub Games, says that before he taught himself how to code at a refugee camp, "I never thought video games were made by people. I thought they just fall from heaven." Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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A Kid In A Refugee Camp Thought Video Games Fell From Heaven. Now He Makes Them

Lual Mayen grew up in a camp in Uganda. Now he's the award-winning CEO of a game development company in Washington, D.C., that has just released "Salaam" — a game about refugees and peace.

America's supply of sugar is shrinking because of a poor sugar beet harvest in the northern Midwest. As a result, the U.S. will import more sugar this year than it has in almost 40 years. Amarin Jitnathum/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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America Will Import More Sugar This Year Than It Has In 4 Decades

America's supply of sugar is shrinking because of a poor sugar beet harvest in the northern Midwest. As a result, the U.S. will import more sugar this year than it has in almost 40 years.

Paul Lubell used to vape medical marijuana to manage his chronic back and neck pain, instead of using opioid medications. Now, after getting hospitalized for lung sickness, he doesn't vape. Mary Fecteau/ideastream hide caption

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He Started Vaping THC To Cope With Chronic Pain. Then He Got Sick

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A Navy veteran from Cleveland tried vaping marijuana to deal with his chronic pain. He landed in the hospital, becoming one of over 2,200 Americans who have suffered serious lung injury from vaping.

Protestors chant and sing against President Emmanuel Macron during a rally in Paris as thousands take to the streets to protest against pension reform on Tuesday. Kiran Ridley/Getty Images hide caption

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French Prime Minister Unveils Pension Plan As Strike Continues To Paralyze Paris

The plan calls for a shift from 42 distinct pension plans into one universal scheme. The new system will be based on the principle of giving each pensioner the same rights for each euro they pay in.

Homes destroyed by Cyclone Idai litter the riverbanks of Buzi district, Mozambique. Weather forecasters there say they do not have all the resources they need to cope with more extreme weather affecting the country as a result of climate change. Nichole Sobecki/VII for NPR hide caption

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Meteorologists Can't Keep Up With Climate Change In Mozambique

As world leaders gather for a climate summit in Madrid, some of the countries most vulnerable to climate change say they need improved forecasting tools.

Meteorologists Can't Keep Up With Climate Change In Mozambique

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., received top marks from the progressive grassroots organization Indivisible's rankings of the Democratic presidential candidates released on Wednesday. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Grassroots Progressive Group Gives Warren Top Marks Among 2020 Democrats

Indivisible ranked candidates on progressive priorities, including "democracy reforms" they want implemented if a Democrat wins in 2020. Bernie Sanders was a close second, with Joe Biden in last.

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