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She started flipping burgers, now she’s the boss at Six Flags Magic Mountain

She started flipping burgers, now she’s the boss at Six Flags Magic Mountain

May 9, 2017
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LOS ANGELES — Bonnie Weber is president of Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Los Angeles-area theme park that calls itself the “Thrill Capital of the World.” With 19 roller coasters, Magic Mountain has more coasters than any single park in the country. Weber oversees 3,000 employees in a 250-acre facility...

Call them ugly, but Xolos rule as Mexico’s top dog

Call them ugly, but Xolos rule as Mexico’s top dog

April 10, 2017
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MEXICO CITY — The beasts are brown and hairless except for a wiry mohawk. Their bodies, warm and slightly waxy, call to mind a hot water bottle with four legs. They routinely win dog shows — in the ugliest category. Far from man’s best friend, they’re notoriously aloof and cunning. Yet when...

Another Mexican journalist has been killed … the third one this month

March 28, 2017
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MEXICO CITY — Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach spent her final days documenting murders. She reported on the six people killed in a single night in her home state of Chihuahua, and on the assassination of a well-known environmental activist there. She wrote about the discovery of clandestine gra...

New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree

New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree

March 23, 2017
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The dinosaur family tree may need to be radically rewritten — and even uprooted and replanted elsewhere, a new analysis of about 75 different species shows. The findings, published in the journal Nature, hint that dinosaurs may have originated in the northern hemisphere rather than the southern, and ...

It’s hard to be Made in America

It’s hard to be Made in America

March 16, 2017
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ELMA, N.Y. — When you stroll the aisles of the Made in America Store, you might notice a conspicuous absence. There is not a single item for sale that requires a battery or a plug. That is because no electronics meet the strict guidelines of an emporium that stocks only products 100 percent made i...

Olympians Phelps and Nelson push for more action against doping

Olympians Phelps and Nelson push for more action against doping

February 28, 2017
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WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Adam Nelson gave heartfelt pleas for Congress to help with the effort to eliminate doping in sports. The athletes were witnesses on Tuesday at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled “Ways to Improve and S...

Florida wildlife officials encouraged by high manatee count

Florida wildlife officials encouraged by high manatee count

February 21, 2017
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida wildlife officials are encouraged by the results of a recent survey that counted 6,620 manatees in the state. It is the third straight year that the count showed more than 6,000 manatees in Florida. The count was aided by clear water conditions, warm temperatures and sunny weather,...

Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in 4 countries face starvation

February 21, 2017
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JOHANNESBURG — The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war. The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries. The United...

Industrial pollution has contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean

February 16, 2017
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  Industrial pollution has reached even the most remote corners of Earth: the deepest part of the sea. Scientists have discovered “extraordinary levels” of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Mariana and Kermadec trenches, two of the deepest ocean chasms on the planet. “Trenches ...

Homelessness in a ghost town

Homelessness in a ghost town

February 16, 2017
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  LOS ANGELES — When Bill Clinton was president, the operator of Los Angeles International Airport began buying up and razing Manchester Square, a cozy 1950s housing tract located under the flight path. The buyouts took care of the residents’ noise complaints but left behind an eerily subu...

How Team Trump sees unemployment and why it matters

January 26, 2017
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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has long cast a skeptical eye on the official unemployment rate — and this week, Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin and White House press secretary Sean Spicer have clarified what the president might mean when he says the jobless figure isn’t real. While they’ve...

Meet the Palestinian hip-hop artist at the center of Israel’s culture wars

Meet the Palestinian hip-hop artist at the center of Israel’s culture wars

January 17, 2017
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LOD, Israel — Tamer Nafar fell in love with hip-hop growing up amid the faded public housing blocks and garbage-strewn public parks of Ramat Eshkol, a hardscrabble interethnic neighborhood in the central Israeli city of Lod where life was punctuated by daily spurts of gunfire. At a soccer field near th...

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