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The recovery of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the neck and now breathes on a ventilator hinges on what happens this weekend.
This Florida panhandle town is the home of a mystery that has been lost to time. A small cemetery buried deep into the grounds of a now-defunct boys reform school dates back to the early 1900s. Rusting white steel crosses mark the graves of 31 unidentified former students. Former students said the deaths were at the hands of abusive administrators, but a 2009 state investigation determined there was no evidence of criminal activity connected with any of the deaths or of abusive treatment. But the investigation did not clear up the mystery over the fate of 50 other students who died at the school and whose bodies have not been accounted for. In the wake of that investigation, more former students -- who are now senior citizens -- have come forward with stories of abuse at the school, including alleged beatings, killings and the disappearance of students, during the 1940s, '50s and '60s.
Lalita and Dev fell in love, but they knew being together would never be easy. Lalita and Dev are from different castes, he from a lower one than she. Lalita knew that her parents would be furious and that they were working on finding someone for her to marry. But she told them anyway, still holding onto hope that they might understand. They didn't. Then, one afternoon, they caught a popular television talk show featuring an unlikely band of former lawyers and activists who've made it their mission to help doomed lovers. India's Love Commandos, formed in 2010, give couples food, shelter and protection if they run away from their disapproving families. The group has more than 11,000 volunteers across the country who provide legal assistance, man 24-hour help lines and, in some cases, even marry desperate couples.
Monitoring the crisis in Syria.
This week, Emory University made amends for anti-Jewish bias that plagued its dental school more than 50 years ago. Between the years of 1948 and 1961, Jewish dental students described experiencing a "reign of terror" under the dean in charge. Former students, men now in their 80s, who'd flunked out, been forced to repeat coursework or endured bullying if they stayed, came back to campus for the apology they never expected to hear. But what did this mean to them?
For Joe Stoltz, life has come down to counting every dollar. That's what happens when you can't find work and you live in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. No presidential race has ever been as personal. Everything is at stake: his marriage, his family, his future
Smartphones have ushered in a golden age for photography, but disappointingly, the conversation in the blogosphere is focused on the device and the use of faux nostalgic filters. Instead, we should focus on how photographers can choose from an unprecedented range of possibilities to be creative and share their work with the world at the touch of glass, journalist Richard Koci Hernandez says.
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The young man locked eyes with Jerry Sandusky in a packed courtroom Tuesday and stared him down. He'd waited a long time for this moment. "You were the person in my life who was supposed to be a role model," he seethed angrily at the man convicted of sexually violating him and nine other boys. "I can't begin to express how this has screwed up my life. Because of you, I trust no one and I will not allow my own child out of my sight for fear of what might happen to him." He is known as Victim No. 4. He is 29 years old now. When he was 11 or 12, he was the coach's favorite. Sandusky told the boy many times that he loved him.
Pennsylvania-Sandusky-Letters (with art)
When all was said and done, Jerry and Dottie Sandusky did not ask the judge for mercy. They did not try to extol Jerry's virtues, list good deeds or express regret. Instead, they depicted the boys he sexually assaulted as ungrateful and called them liars. They blamed the young men -- including their own adopted son, Matt, who now claims he, too, was molested -- for their downfall.
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Last month's surprising drop in U.S. unemployment rates from 8.2% to 7.8% gave many hopes that the economy is improving, and the lower rates even beat the expectations of some economists. But a breakdown of the latest jobs report shows that more than half of the jobs added this month are part-time. This leaves people like 23-year-old Michelle Asci wondering: Is the new American job part-time?
Are American sports fans turning into the citizens of ancient Rome, turning up to sports events to see mayhem akin to gladiators fighting for their very lives?
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The 84 million bright yellow wristbands distributed by Lance Armstrong's cancer charity have become a well-known symbol of strength and perseverance against adversity. "LIVESTRONG," they urge. In the wake of Wednesday's release of hundreds of pages of evidence supporting persistent allegations of doping against the legendary cyclist, there's another take on the wristband. Critics have struck out the "V" to make it read what they accuse Armstrong of doing for more than a decade: "LIE STRONG."
A cave's interior has been carved into cube-shaped rooms. Improvised lighting, barely strong enough to illuminate the cavern, shows children sitting, legs crossed, on the bare floor. They are calling out boisterously, raising their hands eagerly, clamoring to answer questions. These are some of the students in Syria who, because of civil war, have deserted their schools and taken classes literally underground.
Ishmael-Beah-Child-Soldier (with art)
As a teenager in war-ravaged Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah was brainwashed, drugged and forced to kill.
In Agadir, the arid heartland of Morocco's indigenous Berber population, a quiet oil boom is gaining momentum, one drop at a time.
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A 36-year-old Dane called Morten Storm says he was the man who led the CIA to Anwar al Awlaki, the al Qaeda cleric killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year. And he says he did it with a computer thumb-drive that secretly contained a tracking device.