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The story of how discarded orange peels turbocharged a Costa Rican forest

Sixteen years after a controversial biodegradation plan allowed 1,000 truckloads of orange peels to be unloaded onto a barren, deforested area of …

The secret life of an extra: don’t talk, don’t eat and don’t go home till 2am | Anonymous

Working as a supporting artiste is not as glamorous as it sounds. At the mercy of the weather, you might not make the final cut – or much money<p>I was on the set of a television drama that aired recently, and during a break in the filming I gravitated towards the table of refreshments. It was a cold …

Iraqi businessman erects tallest Christmas tree in Baghdad

A Muslim businessman has erected the tallest Christmas tree in Baghdad as a show of solidarity with Christians during the holiday season.<p>Yassir Saad told The Associated Press on Thursday that the initiative aims at "joining our Christian brothers in their holiday celebrations and helping Iraqis …

WATCHING TUESDAY: It all comes down to math

WASHINGTON (AP) — Your parents were right: Math really does matter.<p>After all of the tumult and tedium of a long, ugly presidential campaign, Election …

Calvin Harris: I’m ‘Blessed’ To Have Worked With Taylor Swift — See Shocking Tweet

At last! Calvin Harris has extended an olive branch to his former flame, Taylor Swift. The Scottish DJ shockingly took to Twitter and complimented …

Calvin Harris

Leadsom told to apologise for claim children ‘make her a better PM’

Supporters call on Tory leadership candidate to ‘clear the air’ with Theresa May after newspaper remarks<p>Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom is under pressure from some of her own supporters to “clear the air” with Theresa May after suggesting that she would make a better prime minister than …

Pentagon, Russia hold video conference after bombing of CIA-backed Syrian rebels

The Pentagon held a video-teleconference with Russian defense officials Saturday, two days after Russia bombed Pentagon and CIA-backed rebels not once, but twice near Syria's border with Iraq and Jordan.<p>The bombings killed an unspecified number of fighters.<p>The Pentagon said the U.S.-backed rebels …

Horror House on the Prairie

Over the years, their hands began to curl. Their fingers formed into hooks from decades spent using them to rip the innards from turkeys in a remote …

Clinton campaign declines invitation to California debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Monday declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with …

Government

Republican White House hopefuls Rubio, Bush battle it out in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are locked in a bare-knuckled fight for third place in a South Carolina primary vote on Saturday, afraid that anything less could blunt their White House hopes.<p>Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator …

Government

Sweden drops some sexual-abuse cases against Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors announced Thursday that they were dropping their investigation into some of the sexual-abuse allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up for three years in the Ecuadorean Embassy here in the British capital.<p>But a more serious accusation of rape …

The free market is destroying my school

<b>(Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov)</b><p>As a janitor, my job is in jeopardy. Sadly, so is the education of thousands of students who depend on us<p>Rufus F.<p>May 3, 2015 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Ordinary Times.<p>At work they’ve started sabotaging the machinery that keeps the buildings functioning. …

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Jeffrey Epstein: inside the decade of scandal entangling Prince Andrew

The desperate woman who telephoned Detective Michele Pagan of the Palm Beach police declined to give her name and would not leave a call-back number. But she had some information that she had to tell someone.<p>Her stepdaughter, a 14-year-old pupil at Royal Palm Beach high school, had told a friend …

Montana Shooter Found Guilty Despite State's 'Castle Doctrine'

More than 30 states have laws that allow people to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear for their life or property. But this week, a Montana jury said that type of law has its limits, finding a homeowner who shot a teenager in his garage guilty of deliberate homicide.<p>In the early hours …

Simon Harris found guilty of abusing Kenyan street children

A British former public-school teacher was on Tuesday found guilty of sexually abusing young Kenyan street children after luring them to his lavish home with offerings of food, money and the promise of education.<p>Simon Harris, who ran an educational charity in the east African country, would pick up …