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In Congo park, armed groups hunt elephants

The eight suspected poachers stood under a tree, apparently unaware they were being tracked by 10 rangers from Congo's Garamba National Park. But as the rangers approached, gunfire rang out from the tall grass nearby, where other heavily armed men were hidden. The dragnet swiftly turned into a …

Wildlife

Bernie Sanders is trying to correct record on debate exchange over Hillary Clinton's emails

When the issue of Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server came up last month in the first Democratic presidential debate, I — and you, too, I suspect — leaned in closer to the TV.<p>This was the issue that had single-handedly transformed Clinton from untouchable to under fire in her bid for the …

Government

Suicide a common killer of cops, but Fox Lake scandal no ordinary case

Of all the dangers police face on the job, experts say suicide can be a surprisingly common killer. Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, though, was far from typical when he staged his own death to look like a homicide.<p>Gliniewicz, 52, shot himself because he feared that his history of …

Corruption

Medical marijuana debuts in Illinois, but some patients turned away

Bill Wilson can't stand the smell of marijuana. He said he's anti-drug and anti-alcohol, yet there he was Monday, buying medical cannabis on the first day it was authorized by Illinois law.<p>After years of taking anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription painkillers that messed up his stomach, the …

Panel asks: What is the best way to give away your money?

Peter Singer, speaking Saturday in a Northwestern University auditorium, was a little like the dinner guest who stimulates the conversation even as he questions the host's cooking skills.<p>Pushing the fledgling effective altruism movement, Singer told the crowd of more than 400 at the sold-out …