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Mike Cummings and Jorja Leap are working with men in Los Angeles — many of whom are former gang members — to help them find something that was missing from their lives as they grew up: fatherhood.
Students taking an English test had a meltdown when they saw the word coping. They petitioned the examiners to drop the question, claiming it unfairly includes a word rarely encountered in English.
David Greene talks to Lindsay Berra of MLB.com about a 16-year-old French baseball player, who became the first female prospect to make herself eligible to be signed by a Major League Baseball team.
Talks with Iran are entering a final push before a temporary deal expires. Negotiators are seeking extensive inspections and limits on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for eased economic sanctions.
It is expected to announce changes to the policy on paying ransom for hostages kidnapped by militant groups. It will no longer bar a hostage's family from dealing with and paying ransom to captors.
Renee Montagne talks to Lawrence Wright of The New Yorker about his article on the impact of U.S. hostage policy on 5 families whose children where held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State.