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Private equity firms have been snapping up properties in many areas hit hard by the recession. Some analysts worry that those bulk purchases will leave middle-class buyers out in the cold.

It used to be parents worried that their kids were hanging out with the wrong crowd. Now they need to worry about hanging out with the wrong crowd on Instagram. But do online influences matter?

A local official says he was detained and tortured by the Communist Party after being accused of taking bribes. The Associated Press reports these investigations occur without judicial oversight.

Since the 1970s, hallucinogens have been classified as Schedule I drugs, indicating they have no medical use. But researchers say there are benefits and that work must continue.

There's never been a better time for black Republicans seeking office, yet even as some black candidates are hitting their stride, the party's support among blacks is still at rock bottom.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has struggled financially, but after much work, it's set itself on solid footing and become a bright spot in a struggling city.

An oil slick was spotted off of Vietnam's coast, but relatives of those on board the Malaysia Airlines flight still don't know what happened. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with reporter Anthony Kuhn.

The military is a huge bureaucracy with many redundancies. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with University of Kentucky's Robert Farley, who argues that we need air power, but not a separate Air Force.

The U.S. can squeeze Russia economically for sending troops into Crimea, but Obama needs Europe's support for sanctions to work. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Mara Liasson.

As the standoff continues in Crimea, Russia warns the U.S. against "hasty" sanctions. Ukraine officials accuse pro-Russian forces of armed aggression.

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