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3 Customs officers charged in 'rape table' incidents at Newark airport

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three Customs and Border Protection agents were arrested after allegedly assaulting two of their fellow colleagues in hazing-type incidents that involved what was referred to as a "rape table" at their office in Newark Liberty International Airport, according to a press release from the US …

DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash

WASHINGTON — Federal drug agents regularly mine Americans’ travel information to profile people who might be ferrying money for narcotics traffickers — though they almost never use what they learn to make arrests or build criminal cases.<p>Instead, that targeting has helped the Drug Enforcement …

U.S. Justice Department

Twitter Jumps To Defense Of Mexican Gymnast Who Was Body-Shamed

Let's focus on Alexa Moreno's performance.<p>Alexa Moreno is a gymnast who competed in the qualifying rounds for Mexico during the 2016 Rio Olympics, whose body is capable of seriously amazing things, yet Twitter trolls still managed to find reasons to shame her.<p>Moreno competed in the uneven bars, …

Gymnastics

Medicare Prescription Drug Spending Is Going Down In States With Medical Marijuana

Medical and recreational marijuana have been a boon in many ways for the states that provide them. For instance, a county in Colorado has been able to provide low-income residents with college scholarships funded by the tax revenue that their marijuana industry generates. Now, in another win for …

This is the first pot company to trade on a major North American stock exchange | VICE News

Canada's largest marijuana producer reached new heights on Tuesday as it officially began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the first time a cannabis company has ever traded on a major exchange in North America.<p>The move comes as the Canadian government begins figuring out how it will …

This State Just Made It Harder For Police To Spy On Your Cell Phone

Surveillance technology like StingRay can sweep up data from any cell phone in its range.<p>Illinois law enforcement authorities will need court approval to use cell phone trackers like StingRay that can sweep up data from innocent citizens, according to a new state law.<p>The ACLU of Illinois said the …

Surveillance

First medical marijuana dispensary to open in Florida

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Florida is slated to open.<p>Trulieve, the approved organization in northwest Florida, is set to open a dispensary in Tallahassee on Tuesday, one week after being given dispensing authorization by Florida's health department.<p>More on this...<p>The state's Office …

Former Los Angeles immigration agent gets prison for bribery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former U.S. homeland security agent is going to prison for accepting bribes from a Korean businessman suspected of sex-slave trafficking.<p>Joohoon David Lee of Las Vegas was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty last year.<p>Lee was a human …

United States

First of Its Kind Study Shows 55,400 People Hospitalized or Killed by US Cops in a Single Year

If anyone needed a reminder that America has a police brutality problem, the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile provided it. Actual …

Law Enforcement

4 Women Accused a Utah State Student of Rape but Authorities Did Nothing

"I feel like I have to go after the people who were supposed to get the justice for me."<p>Four women are still awaiting justice after their respective rape accusations against a former Utah State student went unaddressed by the school and local law enforcement. The <i>Salt Lake Tribune</i> reports that the …

Someone painted a Russian statue to look like a giant Poké Ball

Okay, world, this <i>Pokémon Go</i> obsession has gone far enough. The game is causing accidents, shootings, international incidents and, now, the …

Are you being watched? Artist uses webcam flaws to let you peer into other people's lives

We’re always being watched. And sometimes it’s by choice. Internet-connected security cameras hide in millions of homes and offices, but many are …

A 28-year-old entrepreneur figured out a brilliant way to get the homeless off the streets

Liz Powers started volunteering at at homeless shelters when she was an 18-year-old Harvard freshman, serving breakfast early in the morning before her classes started. Ten years later, she's running a business that helps people move <i>out</i> of homeless shelters for good.<p>Powers was working with art …

Homelessness

Happy birthday, Aldous Huxley!

"You shall know the truth," Aldous Huxley once said, "and the truth shall make you mad."<p>You'd be hard-pressed to find a quote more emblematic of the late English author, who was born 122 years ago today. Best known for his dystopian novel "Brave New World," Huxley predicted some of the most …

Literature

Harvard just won big after the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action

That decision "makes it less likely that [other] affirmative action policies will be struck down by the courts," including Harvard University's policy, UCLA law professor Adam Winkler told Business Insider on Friday.<p>"The fact of how Fisher came out really does impact the [Harvard] case …

College & University

A former FBI hostage negotiator explains the psychology of negotiating using the example of a $3.50 mug

Take the same person, change one or two variables, and $100 can be a glorious victory or a vicious insult.<p>Recognizing this phenomenon lets you bend reality from insult to victory.<p>Let me give you an example. I have this coffee mug, red and white with the Swiss flag. No chips, but used. What would …

Behavioral Sciences

The Surprising True History Behind Cinco de Mayo

Today, Cinco de Mayo’s actual meaning can be easily lost in an abundance of margaritas—which might causing celebrants to completely overlook the real …

81-year-old's exoneration underscores success of Brooklyn prosecutor

<b>(CNN) —</b> Paul Gatling leaned on his cane and looked Brooklyn's chief prosecutor right in the eye. The prosecutor, grasping Gatling's arm and speaking softly, offered him an apology.<p>"I want to apologize to you for what happened to you. I'm sorry," Ken Thompson, the district attorney for Kings County, …

'Unbroken Brain' Offers New Insights On Addiction

From the start of Maia Szalavitz's englightening, insightful and informative new book on addiction titled <i>Unbroken Brain,</i> I had the feeling that I was being reminded of truths that I'd once known but that I and others, as if through a kind of collective amnesia, had somehow forgotten.<p>Thinking about …

We can’t forget how racist institutions shaped homeownership in America

By David M. P. Freund<p>Nowadays it is increasingly rare to encounter studies of residential segregation and racial inequality in the United States that do not reckon with the history of discrimination. Still in many scholarly settings and popular venues, our debates concerning urban change and …

Home Ownership

Victims of Chile colony hope German documents bring justice

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Victims of a secretive German colony in Chile hope that Germany's decision to declassify documents will help shine light on human rights abuses committed there.<p>For three decades beginning in 1961, the enclave of Colonia Dignidad, or Dignity Colony, was the site of torture, …

New discovery sheds light on Egypt’s most successful female pharaoh — who was almost erased from history

Hatshepsut was no ordinary Egyptian ruler.<p>After her husband died, Hatshepsut didn’t just keep the “throne” warm for her stepson to come of age. She …

Ancient History

The World's Most Beautiful Historic Castles

They're literally fit for kings.<p>Built to protect and entertain royalty, ancient castles naturally possess a lasting beauty. But unlike the gated compounds of yesteryear, modern travelers can now step inside their historic gates.

Colorado’s First Black Woman Pot Entrepreneur on Edibles, Incarceration & the Industry’s Whiteness

<b>AMY GOODMAN:</b> This is <i>Democracy Now!</i>, democracynow.org, <i>The War and Peace Report</i>. We’re on our 100-city tour marking <i>Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary.</i> …

Cannabis

IMF, World Bank, U.N., OECD form new group to stop tax erosion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank said on Tuesday they are joining forces with other international organizations to cooperate on tax issues and develop new tools and standards to halt tax base erosion and evasion.<p>Visitors are silhouetted against the logo of …

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime review – disturbing history

In her new book, Harvard historian Elizabeth Hinton tracks the way liberal American politicians, not the conservative Republicans, brought us the mass incarceration black Americans suffer today<p>What if the mass incarceration and policing of African Americans in the United States was conceived not by …

Civil Rights

How to use Google search to find your lost Android phone

We've all lost our mobile phone at one point or another -- sometimes in our homes, sometimes in the car and sometimes out in the wild unknown. Now instead of searching everywhere to track it down, you can rely on Google for help.<p>This little-known Google feature lets you find your Android phone or …

Earth - How did evil evolve, and why did it persist?

Evil, it can seem, is all around us. Hitler. The Rwandan genocide. Ted Bundy. Every time you read the news or watch television, bad behaviour that causes harm is on display.<p>Is being evil advantageous in some scenarios?<p>These days, the word ‘evil’ has religious connotations. It’s tied up with …

Sarah Palin Doesn't Think Bill Nye Is A Real Scientist

"Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am."<p>Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin argued Thursday that Bill Nye is not actually a scientist.<p>"Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am," Palin said at an event in Washington, D.C., according to The Hill. "He's a …

17 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

Sometimes, though, you want to make an effort to befriend a new acquaintance or become a better friend to existing pals.<p>To help you out on that front, we scoured the psychological research to find science-backed strategies to get people to like you.<p>Read on to find out how to develop better …

University of Exeter