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Former Virginia Tech Student Pleads Guilty To Decapitating Classmate

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By Kavitha Cardoza

A former Virginia Tech student accused of killing another student in a campus eatery has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Haiyang Zhu entered his plea Monday morning during a hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Zhu was charged with the murder of Xin Yang, who was attacked and decapitated as the pair had coffee together last January.

During Monday's hearing, Zhu did not say why he killed the woman. Commonwealth's attorney Brad Finch said the killing occurred after the woman rejected Zhu's romantic overtures.

Zhu is expected to be sentenced on April 1. He faces up to life in prison.

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Rita Dove: "Collected Poems: 1974 - 2004"

Rita Dove's poetry career has spanned more than forty years. During that time she won a Pulitzer Prize and became the first African-American poet laureate of the United States. Now she's released a new edition of collected works. Rita Dove on a life lived in verse.

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U.S. To Ship Peanuts To Feed Haitian Kids; Aid Groups Say 'This Is Wrong'

On paper, the USDA's plan to send surplus peanuts to feed 140,000 malnourished Haitian schoolchildren sounds heroic. But aid groups say it could devastate Haiti's peanut farmers.
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Back From The Breach: Moving The Federal Workforce Forward

A year after a massive cyber breach compromised the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, Kojo talks with OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert about her agency and key issues facing the federal workforce.

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Why Medical Error Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S.

New research shows medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 250,000 people a year. Why there are so many mistakes, and what can be done to improve patient safety.

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