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Dutch gangster famed for kidnap of Heineken boss on trial for murder

Willem Holleeder a ‘cold, vulgar’ killer, despite celebrity image he has cultivated, says prosecutor<p>A Dutch gangland boss who gained notoriety after the kidnapping of a Heineken beer tycoon in the 1980s has been described by prosecutors as a “cold, vulgar” killer as he stands trial for five counts …

Crime

Superb Owl Sunday II

A special Sunday event, a photographic essay celebrating a few of these magnificent raptors. Not Eagles (nor Patriots), these superb owls hail from Europe, Asia, North and South America, captured in photos over the past few years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the …

Snowy Owl

Loaded Grenade Launcher Found in Goodwill Donations Pile

(BRADENTON, Fla.) — Talk about one heckuva an explosive donation.<p>Authorities say a grenade launcher, loaded with a live grenade, was left with other …

What’s affected — and what’s not — by the government shutdown

The federal government shutdown is under way in earnest.<p>After Congress tried and failed to reach a deal over the weekend, huge swathes of the federal government have suspended operations and furloughed employees until a government funding bill is passed.<p>Not everything is affected. Post offices are …

Internal Revenue Service

Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall

Murder and violent crime found to have decreased most in states bordering Mexico as drug cartels lose business to regulation<p>The introduction of medical marijuana laws has led to a sharp reduction in violent crime in US states that border Mexico, according to new research.<p>According to the study, Is …

Cannabis

For 1 Attorney, A Lonely Legal Fight To Make Trump Comply With Rules

President Trump marks his first year in the White House on Jan. 20. Since he took the oath, he's been dogged by questions about his hundreds of businesses and the conflicts of interest they pose.<p>In attempts to confront Trump and force him to address these conflicts, congressional Democrats, state …

Deutsche Bank

Sender of Hawaii’s False Alarm Is Reassigned, but Not Named

The Hawaii emergency management employee who set off a statewide panic on Saturday morning by sending out a false alarm about an incoming ballistic missile has been temporarily reassigned, but there are no plans to fire him or identify him publicly, a state official said.<p>The employee, who has …

North Korea

The Senate’s push to overrule the FCC on net neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say

Fifty senators have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday.<p>The tally leaves supporters just one Republican vote shy of the 51 required to pass a Senate resolution of …

Net Neutrality

Memo Pad “Excavates” Architectural Sites with Each Sheet You Remove

Perfectly pairing a penchant for cool stationery with a love for classic Japanese architecture, the <i>Omoshiro Block</i> by Triad is an office supply with a twist. Aptly (and loosely) translated to “fun block,” each one-of-a-kind memo pad reveals a beautiful architectural model as it's used, turning …

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