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Insurgency and Instability in Nigeria

The kidnapping of more than 200 girls in remote northeastern Nigeria has put an international spotlight on the escalating violence—and influence—of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group. The group's four-year insurgency has killed thousands and displaced close to a million Nigerians, making youth in neighboring Niger and Cameroon easy targets for recruitment. With world leaders descending on Nigeria's capital for the World Economic Forum on Africa, we get the latest on security, stability and the future for Africa's largest country.

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Excerpted from "'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel" by Lauren Francis-Sharma. © 2014, Henry Holt and Co. All Rights Reserved.

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For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
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Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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