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Joseph Kibunja guides blind runner Henry Wanyoike (in sunglasses).

This Kenyan Runner Can't See But He Has A Far-Reaching Vision

When Henry Wanyoike and Joseph Kibunja first started running, it was out of necessity. The childhood friends had no other way to travel the three miles from their Kenyan village to school. So they made the barefoot trek every day, in both directions, regardless of weather.

Thirty years later, Wanyoike and Kibunja are still running together, only now, they're headed to the finish lines of races around the world — and often getting there first.

Although Kenya is known for producing champion runners, the duo stands out: Wanyoike is blind and Kibunja serves as his guide.

Nick Stadlberger in Africa.

Volunteer Recap: A Bumpy (And Itchy) Ride Through Tanzania

Nick Stadlberger, a fourth-year medical student at Dartmouth College spent four weeks this spring in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, working in the infectious disease ward at Muhimbili Hospital as part of his school's global health program.

A fan screams as she watches Brazil lose to Germany, in a live telecast in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday. The host nation is reeling from its loss in the World Cup semifinal.

Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup

"The worst game I saw in my life" is how one Brazilian fan describes it. Another says it's simply a tragedy. Some angry fans burned Brazil's flag in the street.

A customer stands at the counter at Unitransfer, a money transfer company at the Little Haiti neighborhood in Miami, Fla.

Immigrants Sending Money Back Home Face Fewer Options

The giant remittances economy — which consists of folks, mainly immigrants, sending money across borders — has been expanding for years. In 2014, the World Bank expects that people will send $436 billion in remittances to developing countries (despite more deportations of migrant workers). And by 2016, the World Bank projects that global remittances will rise to $681 billion, with remittances to developing countries landing at $516 billion.

Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday. Since the Gaza offensive began Tuesday, Israel has attacked more than 400 sites in Gaza.

Israel Strikes Gaza, As Hamas Rockets Show Increased Range

In an exchange of Hamas rockets and Israeli air strikes, the Palestinian death toll in Gaza has risen to at least 28 this week. And in a notable step, rockets fired from Gaza are being aimed at Israel's main cities.

A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

You drop into the world. You are beautiful, full-bodied, ready for anything, but the world is bigger than you — to your surprise, you are small. You try to make your way, but the big world spits you out, so you fight your way back.

And because life is like that, you get hit again ...

And again.

And again.

Each time, you try to rebound ...

But each time, you've got a little less to offer.

A little less bounce.

A little less of yourself.

But still you don't quit ...

You keep bouncing back.

After the Brazil-Germany semifinal, Google's experimental newsroom focuses on search trends that don't rub salt in Brazil's wounds.

In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline

If you do a Google search on the World Cup game in which Germany slaughtered Brazil 7-1, the top results will say things like "destroy," "defeat," and "humiliate."

But Google itself is choosing to steer clear of negative terms. The company has created an experimental newsroom in San Francisco to monitor the World Cup, and turn popular search results into viral content. And they've got a clear editorial bias.

Flint Dollar practices organ at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville, Ga. He's working there part-time while he pursues a legal complaint against a private Catholic school that declined to renew his position after administrators learned he plans to marry his male partner.

Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School

For the last four years, Flint Dollar has been teaching music at Mount de Sales Academy, a Catholic school in Macon, Ga. He is, by all accounts, beloved by his students.

But Dollar won't be leading the band or teaching the chorus in the fall. His contract was not renewed after administrators found out he plans to marry a man.

Under federal anti-discrimination laws, employers are not prohibited from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation. Dollar is working to change that.

Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll hear that stress can be good.

In fact, it's essential.

The Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in downtown Lafayette, La. By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country, but sentencing reformers have loosened some of the state's mandatory minimum sentences and made parole slightly easier to get.

States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back

Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.

By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. In recent years, sentencing reformers in the capital, Baton Rouge, have loosened some mandatory minimum sentences and have made parole slightly easier for offenders to get.

But as reformers in Louisiana push for change, they're also running into stiffening resistance — especially from local prosecutors.