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The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI

More than 40 years ago, on the evening of March 8, 1971, a group of burglars carried out an audacious plan. They pried open the door of an FBI office in Pennsylvania and stole files about the bureau's surveillance of anti-war groups and civil rights organizations.<p>Hundreds of agents tried to …

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The weekend in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2013/jun/16/photography<p>720<p>A roundup of the best images from across the globe, including the elections in …

Rare Colour Photos Of Women Working During WW2

In the countless history books, many of the major of achievements are based on the accomplishments of men. But in the darkest depths of World War 2, …

The 2013 Songs of the Summer

<b>This is the second year</b> I've compiled a Songs of the Summer package, but let's be clear: I'm not any closer to believing the entire "Song of the Summer" concept is anything more than a bullshit media construct. Like I said last year, Major League Baseball is seasonal. Music shouldn't be. Yes, there …

Five unforgettable rail journeys

From a luxury odyssey through the Australian outback to traversing the peaks of the Ecuadorian Andes, here are some of the best ways to get on board.<p>There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. From rail odysseys through the outback to day trips in Britain, here are five ways to get …

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Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

The Great Barrier Reef we stand to lose – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jun/19/great-barrier-reef-in-pictures<p>720<p>As the UN pressures Australia to better protect the reef, …

Best selling albums of the LP era

The long play record turns 65 this week. Take a look back at the best selling albums of the LP era.

Reggie Watts performing at benefit w/ Todd Barry more this week, another w/ Daniel Kitson more in July

<i>Daniel Kitson</i><p><b>826NYC</b> is a nonprofit tutoring center dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, develop their writing skills in the realm of creative …

Mass Anti-Government Protests Swell In Brazil

What started as small protests about higher bus fares has swelled into nationwide, massive anti-government demonstrations in Brazil.<p>Last night, reports O Globo, more than 100,000 protesters filled the streets of Rio de Janeiro, while an additional 65,000 hit the streets of São Paulo. Nothing tells …

With Inspiration From Turkey, Brazil Discovers Mass Protests

They are young, they are angry and they have drawn inspiration from protest movements a world away in places like Turkey and the Middle East.<p>Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets across the country Monday night, and more demonstrations are slated for the coming week. Brazil doesn't …

In Brazil, Protests Continue As Some Cities Cut Bus Fares

For a second night in a row, tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest everything from the cost of living to government corruption.<p>The AP reports that during Tuesday's demonstrations:<p>"More than 50,000 people massed in front of the city's main cathedral. While mostly peaceful, …

Women And Children Caught In Middle Of Potato War

We didn't plan it, but somehow, it has turned into Potato Week here at The Salt. The latest twist in the tater tales takes us to Capitol Hill.<p>Americans love to pile on the potatoes – we consumed a whopping 112 pounds per capita last year. But lately, the potato industry has been playing the part of …

FBI Director Says Agency Is Using Drones Over The U.S.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using drones on United States soil for surveillance purposes, the agency's director, Robert Mueller, told a Senate committee today.<p>"Our footprint is very small, and we have very few and of limited use, and we're exploring not only the use but also the …

'Suffering On A Huge Scale': World Refugee Numbers Swell

The United Nations Refugee Commission says more than 45.2 million people were in "situations of displacement" around the world as of last year — the most since 1994.<p>A report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says there were 15.4 million refugees in other …

Vaccine Against HPV Has Cut Infections In Teenage Girls

A vaccine against human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection and the cause of almost all cervical cancer — is dramatically reducing the prevalence of HPV in teenage girls.<p>The first vaccine against HPV, Merck's Gardasil, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in …

Infections From Contaminated Injections Can Lurk Undetected

People who think they didn't get sick from a nationwide meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections used to treat back pain may want to think again.<p>Doctors at hospitals in Michigan did MRI scans of people who had been given tainted injections but didn't report symptoms of …

James Gandolfini Dies; 'Sopranos' Actor Was 51

Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has died, HBO and other sources confirm. The former star of the HBO series <i>The Sopranos</i> was reportedly on holiday in Italy when he died. The cause of death is not yet known with certainty, but HBO says the actor may have suffered a heart attack. Other reports have …

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The Middle Class by the Numbers

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Mars discovery: Rock reveals science of planet’s watery past

A rock analyzed by the rover Opportunity has signs of clay-mineral composition, hinting at abundant fresh water – perhaps a habitable environment – …

Brazilians stage largest protests in 20 years, bearing a multitude of complaints

Hundreds of thousands are demonstrating in more than 20 cities across Brazil in a show of frustration over poor public services, preparations for …