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Extremist Group Claims Credit For Mass Kidnapping In Nigeria

Nigerian Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram claimed credit for abducting more than 200 schoolgirls. The girls remain missing, and parents are pressing the government to find and bring them home. The president's wife has ordered the arrest of the parent who is leading the protests demanding government action.

Drone Journalism Lab researcher Ben Kreimer is limited to testing drones indoors.

Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

What was once experimental is now becoming more common — journalists and photographers are increasingly putting small commercial drones in the air to shoot photo and video. But when they do, they're on shaky legal ground. Federal regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes — including reporting — as they work to write longer term guidelines on who and where small drones can fly.

Telluride, Colo., where the mountains, powder and insurance rates are all high.

Colorado Redraws Insurance Map To Cut Sky-High Ski-Town Rates

Relief is in sight – and it won't involve a lawsuit – for the four counties in Colorado that have the the highest Obamacare health insurance premiums in the country.

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (shown here at her home in Tehran on Sept. 18, 2013, following her release from prison) was one of the last lawyers taking on human rights cases in Iran before her arrest in 2010.

Iranian Activist Says Her Release Is A Gesture, Not A New Era

When Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, was released in September 2013 — along with 11 other high-profile political prisoners — many Iranians saw the move as opening a new era following the election of centrist President Hassan Rouhani.

He had promised to release political prisoners rounded up after the contested 2009 elections, when thousands of protesters, known as the Green Movement, were tried and jailed.

Sarah Luke, 73, of Kennesaw, Ga., who has diabetes, works out as part of a new exercise program at her local YMCA. While she is on Medicare, the Affordable Care Act has led insurance companies to make similar exercise programs available to younger persons with diabetes.

The Energy Behind Repealing Obamacare May Be Ebbing

Sure, you can still hear congressional Republicans talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act.

But there's clearly something different about the current climate, and the GOP approach to Obamacare. The thrill of repeal may not be gone for Republicans, but much of the urgency of repeal is.

For starters, the House GOP doesn't have more repeal votes lined up for these weeks after the spring recess.

A water-collecting drone hovers at a testing site in Lincoln, Neb., in 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration is working on rules for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

FAA Head: Safety, Privacy Concerns Abound In Regulating Drones

A number of federal agencies are grappling with rules around drones as the popularity of the unmanned aircraft is rising. The National Park Service recently banned their use in Yosemite, and the Federal Aviation Administration is under orders from Congress to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into U.S. airspace by September 2015.

Nigerian women in Lagos on Monday demand that the government do more to rescue the teenage girls who were kidnapped three weeks ago by a radical Islamist group in the northeastern part of the country. The government says it does not know where the girls are being held or what condition they are in.

Where Are The Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls?

Children are abducted with depressing regularity in African conflicts, but the seizure of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria is a particularly strange and baffling case.

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram has now released a video saying it seized the girls from their boarding school on April 14 in the small, remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, the region where the group has waged a violent insurgency over the past five years.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson walks out of the Mississippi County Courthouse along with his wife, LaQonna Anderson, their daughter Nevaeh, 3, and his attorney Patrick Megaro on Monday in Charleston, Mo.

Mo. Man Whose Prison Term Was Delayed By Clerical Error Is Free Again

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson is a free man once again.

Back in 2000, the Missouri resident was sentenced to 13 years in prison for holding up a man with a gun. Anderson was 23 at the time and was told to await orders on when to show up to prison.

Thirteen years went by and he never received notice. According to the AP, in the meantime, Anderson started a construction business, got married, had children and volunteered at his church near St. Louis.

Lime lovers, take heart: The shortage won't last forever.

The Lime Shortage: Still Messing With Your Margarita

If you're hunting for limes to squeeze into margaritas or to stir into guacamole for your Cinco de Mayo celebration Monday, be prepared for sticker shock, empty shelves, or both.

An artist's rendering of the Crac des Chevaliers in Syria. UNESCO says the fortress "was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271."

A Survivor Of The Crusades Comes Up Against The Syrian Civil War

One of the many casualties of Syria's civil war is the country's architectural heritage. We've told you about damage to the historic 11th century Umayyad mosque and the ancient city of Palmyra.

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