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Alabama mayor accused of using racial slur claims her Facebook was hacked

Midland City, Alabama is a small town boasting less than 2,500 residents. It’s about to get a new mayor, JoAnn Bennett Grimsley, set to be the first …

Northern Michigan, A Best Kept Secret

I just returned from the North Woods–the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior. My visit focused on Hiawatha National Forest and …

Scientists find Earth-like planet circling sun’s nearest neighbor

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Scientists have discovered a planet that appears to be similar to Earth circling the star closest to the sun, potentially a major step in the quest to find out if life exists elsewhere in the universe, research published on Wednesday showed.<p>The relative proximity of the planet, known as …

U.S. intelligence sees Islamic State as weakened after series of defeats

The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies now view Islamic State as a shrinking and increasingly demoralized military force, a sharp shift from the seemingly invincible extremist army that declared an Islamist caliphate two years ago.<p>The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and …

Middle East

Putin calling strategic shots in Syria

While the world reels at the sight of a five-year old pulled from a bombed building in Aleppo, Fiona Clark looks at why Russia won't give up on …

Mylan CEO says she’s not the villain in EpiPen drama

America has a new pharmaceutical villain. Her name is Heather Bresch.<p>As the CEO of Mylan, the owner of severe allergy treatment EpiPen, Bresch is at the center of the latest public outrage over high drug prices, excoriated for overseeing a fourfold price increase on EpiPen while taking a huge pay …

Open the files, abused ex-gymnast tells USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS — She still can’t utter the word “abuse,” but Kelly Cutright decided this week was time to speak out about the anguish she suffered at the hands of her gymnastics coach.<p>The South Carolina woman’s former coach, William McCabe, began abusing her in 1999, according to court records. That …

Michael Moore Proven Right, And Matt Lauer Wrong, About Ryan Lochte Incident

<i>(updated Aug. 28, 6:43PM with references to President Obama deleted)</i><p>Thank goodness for USA Today, which actually did some serious reporting on what went down in Rio with Ryan Lochte and his U.S. Olympic swimming teammates.<p>The New York Post was typical of the drumbeat, saying: “Ryan Lochte made up …