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Ex-CIA Lawyer Says No One Was Misled On Torture, Abuses Were Reported

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

John Rizzo, who spent six years as acting general counsel for the CIA, says that while he believes intelligence gains justified the agency's interrogations, he understands those who feel otherwise.

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Bertha, The Giant Borer That Broke, May Be Sinking Seattle's Downtown

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

The machine, the biggest of its type, was digging a tunnel under the city when it went kaput. To get to and fix Bertha, workers are digging a 12-story pit, which some say is damaging nearby buildings.

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Representatives Laud A Departing Dean, 59-Year Veteran John Dingell

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

Leading Democrats and even some Republicans had kind words Tuesday for the Michigander, who was first elected to the House when Eisenhower was president. His wife was elected to his seat in November.

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State Department Feared Torture Report Would Spark Fury. Where Is It?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

The U.S. beefed up security at embassies ahead of the CIA interrogation report's release in anticipation of a violent reaction. But around the globe, the response was relatively muted.

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Report Reveals Deeply Misguided Interrogation Tactics, Feinstein Says

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

The Senate's "torture report" finds that the CIA conducted brutal interrogations of detainees in the years after 9/11, misled elected leaders, and got little useful information from the harsh tactics.

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WWII By The Books: The Pocket-Size Editions That Kept Soldiers Reading

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

In the 1940s, U.S. publishers printed paperbacks — everything from romances to Westerns — that were designed for battle. Molly Guptill Manning explores their history in When Books Went to War.

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Deford: What's Wrong With Pro Athletes Taking A Stand?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

NFL and NBA players are famous and influential, says commentator Frank Deford. So if they want to show support for protests against police brutality, he asks, why shouldn't they?

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Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. They could avoid the problem easily.

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Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

Recent years were a good time to invest for beginning farmers, who run a quarter of U.S. farms. But with some crop prices crashing, paying back debts may require hard conversations and delayed dreams.

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Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says that U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.

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'Pelo Malo' Is A Rare Look Into Latin American Race Relations

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:28am

A new Venezuelan film explores racism and homophobia through the experiences of 9-year-old Junior, who drive his mother up a wall in a quest to straighten his thick, curly "pelo malo," or "bad hair."

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'Ebola Must Go' — And So Must Prejudice Against Survivors

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:28pm

Liberia has started a campaign to get communities more involved in stopping Ebola. But even in the town handpicked to launch the campaign, a family of survivors has been ostracized.

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Senate Panel's Report On CIA Calls Harsh Tactics Ineffective

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:27am

Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee released a report saying the CIA misled higher-ups and didn't accurately describe its post-Sept. 11 interrogation tactics. The CIA disputes the findings.

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Lucky Accident With A State Trooper Helps A Mom Get To Her Sick Son

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 5:44am

After an officer pulled her over, an elderly woman on a road trip to see her ailing son accidentally backed into the cop's car. So police gave her a lift — to her son, four counties away.

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Jets Coach Promises No Tanking In Game Against Equally Awful Titans

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:25am

When a season is lost, some teams will take it easy their last few games — or the last 82, if it's the Philadelphia 76ers — in hopes of securing a better draft pick. But not this NFL cellar-dweller.

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Stalked By A Fiend Worse Than Any Elm Street Nightmare

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:06am

In "Still Alice," Julianne Moore has each thing that defines her — to herself, to her family — devoured by early-onset Alzheimer's disease. It's a splendid performance, says critic Kenneth Turan.

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Sloppy Fracking Practices Result In Large Methane Leaks, Study Finds

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Faulty gear and attempts to clear liquid from wells can release enough gas into the atmosphere to power hundreds of homes, new research reveals. Critics say the study may underestimate the problem.

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New Republic Staffers Saw A Clash Between Its Mission And New Methods

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Owner Chris Hughes says his shakeup of the magazine aims to create a sustainable means for its commentary and long-form political profiles, but departing journalists see his plan as destructive.

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Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

An MIT economist was recorded saying that without the "stupidity of the American voter," the Affordable Care Act wouldn't have passed. Those comments, and others he made, have put it at serious risk.

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At University Of Virginia, Efforts Born Of Discredited Story Go On

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

"People within the fraternity life feel wronged," says a University of Virginia fraternity member about a discredited news article. But as educator on sexual assault, he knows the problem is real.

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