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New evacuations ordered as fires continue to rip California

Posted on 11 December 2017

LOS ANGELES — A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through old-growth brush in canyons and along hillsides toward coastal towns. Crews with help from a fleet water-dropping planes and helicopters saved homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze deeper into re ...

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Teacher brutally murdered while moonlighting as house cleaner

Posted on 11 December 2017

A woman cleaning a Hawaii vacation home Wednesday with her 8-year-old daughter was brutally murdered and the girl bound and duct-taped, Hawaii police said as they announced two arrests in the case. Officials said Saturday that Kailey Dandurand, 20, and a green-haired Stephen Brown, 23, were charged with murder, kidnapping and burglary in the death of Telma Boinville on Oahu’s famous Nor ...

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Why the MS-13 Gang Is so Violent

Posted on 29 November 2017

WASHINGTON—The vicious nature of MS-13 gang killings came to the fore again last week with the release of court documents detailing a grisly murder in Maryland. Ten MS-13 members stabbed a victim more than 100 times, decapitated and dismembered him, and ripped his heart out before throwing him into a grave in Wheaton Regional Park, documents say. Gang members had lured the victim to ...

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North Korea Missile Launch Comes Ahead of Major US Air Force Drills

Posted on 29 November 2017

North Korea fired its first missile in 74 days early on Wednesday, Nov. 29 local time, about a week before a massive U.S. and South Korea joint Air Force exercise begins on the Korean peninsula. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the unidentified ballistic missile flew eastward from South Pyongan Province, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

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Italy, Bracing for Electoral Season of Fake News, Demands Facebook’s Hel

Posted on 25 November 2017

ROME — With critical national elections only months away, anxiety is building that Italy will be the next target of a destabilizing campaign of fake news and propaganda, prompting the leader of the country’s governing party to call on Facebook and other social media companies to police their platforms.“We ask the social networks, and especially Facebook, to help us have a clean ...

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New York Punk, Out of Retirement

Posted on 25 November 2017

Friday night on the Lower East Side, and Janis Shaw was being carded. It was autumn, so darkness was arriving sooner and sooner each night. This rock show started early, 7 p.m., and the sun had already set.In the shadows, Janis can look like a teenager, the same teenager who frequented clubs like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City back in their 1970s heyday. She’s petite, dressed in a blac ...

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Black Friday is really worth the hype

Posted on 24 November 2017

The post-Thanksgiving shopping scrum is increasingly getting slammed by critics who say it’s not worth the hassle of crowds, lost sleep and sharp elbows lunging for early-bird specials and midnight doorbusters. But if you’re comparing the prices with any other day of the holiday season, experts say Black Friday is the clear winner — even when it comes to shopping online. Most consumers ...

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91st Edition of a Parade, and Always New

Posted on 24 November 2017

As is the modern way, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was buttressed by blockades of sand-filled sanitation trucks, patrolled by sniffer dogs and guarded by police. The security was “stronger than ever,” said James P. O’Neill, the police commissioner.But as it has been for 90 prior parades, it was also thronged by children, packed with marching bands and dotted overhead with ...

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Flawed Justice for the Butcher of Bosnia

Posted on 23 November 2017

I met Ratko Mladic only once. He was the general commanding the war machine destroying Bosnia and overseeing the medieval siege of Sarajevo, the capital, where I was living and reporting. I spent my days going to the morgue to count the dead and to sit in hospitals with children who had been blinded by shrapnel.On a freezing cold day in 1993, as Sarajevo was getting pummeled with she ...

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Joe Barton, Senior Republican, Caught in Storm Over Explicit Photo

Posted on 23 November 2017

WASHINGTON — The heightened scrutiny of sexual impropriety on Capitol Hill has swept up a senior House Republican who apologized Wednesday for a sexually explicit photograph that wound up on the internet and raised the possibility that he had been the victim of a crime.Representative Joe Barton of Texas, who was once the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is now ...