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Anger Grows As Flood Waters Recede In Kashmir Valley

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Will Obama's Plan Be Enough To Quell Islamic State?

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Islamic State Video Shows Execution Of British Aid Worker

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Esther Okaya has a health problem that is a growing concern in Sub-Saharan Africa: high blood pressure.

Esther Okaya Is Introduced To The Blood Pressure Cuff

Some blame witchcraft. Others think it's a bad batch of moonshine.

Esther Okaya, who lives in Korogocho, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, says even teetotalers are falling victim. One minute quarreling with a neighbor. The next minute, dead.

And it's happened to her.

Okaya's husband left her. He took the money for her children's school fees. A few mornings later, her nine-year-old son shuffled home after being turned away by the teacher.

And then she felt it. It was as if her heart seized up. She could not breathe.

Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

If you have ever seen, or spent time with (or, god forbid, had to live with) a colicky baby, this will make perfect sense to you. It may not make actual sense, but when the baby is crying you don't think very straight.

<em>This</em> is a Twinkie.

Overthinking It: Using Food As A Racial Metaphor

In February, a state-run media outlet in China mocked Gary Locke, who was signing off as U.S. ambassador to that country. "Gary Locke is a U.S.-born, third-generation Chinese-American, and his being a banana — 'yellow skin and white heart' — became an advantage for Obama's foreign policy,' " the editorial read.

Michael Steele, the black former head of the Republican Party, likes to tell a (probably apocryphal) story about how Democratic sympathizer threw Oreos at him while he gave a campaign speech.

Several contestants in this year's Miss America pageant have chosen domestic violence as their platform topic.

Pageant Contestant Felt Helpless Against Domestic Violence

This year's Miss America competition has involved lots of satin and some excellent ventriloquism by Miss Ohio. But it has also involved a public health issue that's been in the headlines over the past week: domestic violence.

And it's not just because it's in the news. Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, was in an abusive relationship during college.

"I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13, India

It's All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?

"My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can't go because we can't afford new shoes," says a girl from Indonesia.

"I want to live freely," says another girl, in Egypt. "I don't want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear."

In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: "Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals," she says. "There are so many I can't even name them all."

ISIS Video Purports To Show Beheading Of British Aid Worker

Update at 8:50 p.m. EDT

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State has released a video that purportedly shows the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

The authenticity of the video, which appeared online Saturday, has not been independently confirmed by NPR.

The school district has released two renderings of what the MRAP might look like after its tan military color is painted over. In one version, it's police blue; another depicts it as more of an ambulance, white with a red cross.

San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir

News that San Diego Unified School District has acquired an MRAP, or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, is adding a new facet to discussions about the practice of giving surplus military equipment to civilian agencies.

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