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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...

The ‘Krispy Kreme Familia’ and the black market doughnuts of Juarez

The ‘Krispy Kreme Familia’ and the black market doughnuts of Juarez

January 17, 2017


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JUAREZ, Mexico — The addicts pull up just after nightfall near a sedan parked along a busy street in this border city best known for murder. One by one, they fork over fistfuls of cash to Sonia Garcia, who reaches into the trunk of her car and hands over the trafficked goods. “The original — gl...

Mysterious stranding kills 81 false killer whales off Southwest Florida

Mysterious stranding kills 81 false killer whales off Southwest Florida

January 17, 2017


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MIAMI — More than 80 false killer whales have been found dead after stranding themselves along the remote coast of Southwest Florida in Everglades National Park, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. So far, the death toll is 81, with just one of the rare whales foun...

Taking down Ferguson painting is ‘unconstitutional,’ Missouri congressman says

January 17, 2017


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WASHINGTON — Rep. William Lacy Clay said that taking down the Capitol high school art competition painting of police-community relations in Ferguson, Mo., is unconstitutional. After a week of hanging and unhanging, the painting was removed on Tuesday. In a statement Tuesday, Clay blasted the Archite...

Suspect killed after wounding 9 Ohio college students in car and knife attack

November 28, 2016


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At least nine people were injured Monday when a man drove into a crowd of students at Ohio State University and then emerged from his vehicle to attack bystanders with a butcher knife, officials said. The unidentified attacker was shot and killed by a university police officer who was on the scene withi...

In a Nigerian mechanic’s yard, life lessons and hope for a new generation

In a Nigerian mechanic’s yard, life lessons and hope for a new generation

November 22, 2016


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ANO, Nigeria — In a mechanic’s yard in northern Nigeria, a skinny boy named Amir Yusuf flits about like a nervous bird. As four guys work on the front wheel of a black Mercedes, he’s in the thick of it, looking on. When two others hunch over an engine, he’s in there too. His boss, Musa Ibra...

Powerful earthquake in New Zealand triggers tsunami

Powerful earthquake in New Zealand triggers tsunami

November 15, 2016


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A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island, generating a tsunami, forcing evacuations from many low-lying areas on the eastern shore. Early reports said two people were killed. More than 100 aftershocks hit the country since the earthquake struck around midnight Sunday. The US Geological...

China-owned AMC seals deal to buy Carmike Cinemas, becomes largest theater chain in US

November 15, 2016


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Carmike Cinemas shareholders on Tuesday approved a plan to sell the company to AMC Entertainment for $1.2 billion, including debt, making the Chinese-owned theater chain the largest in the country. Leawood, Kan.-based AMC will pay $33.06 a share for Carmike of Columbus, Ga., meaning the combined company...

Lecturing points, cranked up to 11: The English teacher-led L.A. hard-core band Dangers forces you to pay attention

November 11, 2016


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Inside a warehouse in industrial Vernon, Calif., Alfred Brown IV got repeatedly punched in the face. Spittle dripped from his mouth, and his jaw crunched under the hail of fists. Someone in Doc Martens boots kicked his head to the ground and stepped on his skull, grinding Brown’s face into the floor....

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