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Monday, December 11, 2017

Imagine if Russia -- instead of doing what it has been accused of doing last year -- had funded and facilitated an attack on US soil that killed thousands of Americans. Then imagine that US policymakers, rather than punish the Kremlin by cutting diplomatic ties, imposing sanctions, seeking legal recourse, or all of the above, covered up its involvement in the attack and continued to treat it as a loyal ally. Imagine if the president who presided over that attack had decades of intimate personal and financial ties to members of the Russian elite and subsequently spirited dozens of Russian nationals out of the country before law enforcement could interrogate them. read more


Suppose you were a clerk at a convenience store and the police arrested you there 62 times on one charge: trespassing. You read that right. Arrested multiple times for trespassing while at your place of employment. What's going on? Well, that's what Miami Gardens, Fla., store owner Alex Saleh is trying to figure out. One of the employees at his store, 207 Quickstop, Earl Sampson, has been stopped and questioned 258 times, searched more than 100 times and arrested and tossed in jail countless times, the Miami Herald reports. read more


Sunday, December 10, 2017

FAIRBANKS -- A 37-year-old Fairbanks man who was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl under his care told the judge he was a "feminist and pacifist" who had "earnest conversations" with the girl "about gender equality and how she should be able to expect the same respect as any man." read more


Thursday, December 07, 2017

In my mid-20s, I spent three months living in Broome, a coastal township in Western Australia famous for its moonrises, pink beaches, and pearl farms. Each morning during what is known locally as "the buildup" (the hot, muggy weeks heralding the wet season), I would stuff a towel in a bag and trudge out to where the red pindan soil -- distinctive to the Kimberley region -- marbles powdery dunes, longing to dunk my body in the postcard sea. Often, I could go no farther than the water's edge. Signs pitched by lifeguards along the beach showed a stick figure lashed by a mass of tentacles: Irukandji jellyfish. read more


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. read more


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