Luis A Gonzalez

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The CIA's Last Detainee Hates LeBron James, and Other Letters From Guantanamo Bay

Muhammad Rahim's letters from Guantanamo reveal more than just his take on LeBron James; they also show he's more than what the government says he is.<p>Three years ago, the last detainee interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency, Muhammad Rahim, wrote a letter to his lawyer delivering a clear …

As food truck craze fades, Roaming Hunger helps boost vendors' profits

When gourmet food trucks were at the peak of their popularity, traveling to distant locations and waiting hours in line for a taste was part of the thrill.<p>But with thousands of the mobile kitchens on the road today, the frenzy has faded, forcing many vendors to look for a new edge.<p>Now a website …

born students in Mexico risk becoming 'lost generation'

Emmanuel Vargas was 13 and just starting eighth grade in Davenport, Iowa, when his father was detained in a workplace immigration raid and deported back to Mexico.<p>His parents decided they should stick together, and the whole family, including Emmanuel and his 15-year-old sister, both born in Iowa, …

How a DEA Agent Befriended and Betrayed an Afghan Opium Lord

Edward Follis talks about becoming close with Hajji Juma Khan, a billionaire Taliban financier, in order to set him up and eventually take him to prison.<p>Before balloons of smack reach the pockets of users in Liverpool or Berlin or Oslo, 80 percent of the world's heroin passes through the hands of a …

The invisible downside of cheating in life

People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised …

Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists

Deep in the universe's past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the mass of 12 billion suns. The incredibly bright object is ancient -- shining when the universe was only 875 million years old -- and way bigger than it should be for an …

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

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America’s Freelance ISIS Killers

DAQUQ, Iraq — The so-called Islamic State has recruited copious cannon fodder from around the world, along with quite a few ferocious fighters. But …

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Noise pollution is making us oblivious to the sound of nature, says researcher

Gift of hearing birdsong and trickling water is being lost to a process of ‘learned deafness’, says US scientist, as people screen out background noise<p>The tranquil chorus of the natural world is in danger of being lost to today’s generation as people screen out the noises that surround them, a …

AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans favor a higher minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.<p>All three were proposed by President Barack Obama during his recent State of the Union address as ways to …

Do We Really Want To Live Forever?

On any given day, the <i>New York Times</i>’ homepage is flooded with headlines about how coffee is good for us and red wine is the elixir of life. We …

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Quadrantid meteor shower peaks today: Watch the show online

The first meteor shower of 2014 peaks this week, and you can watch the show online, right here.<p>Beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST and continuing through the night, the website Slooh.com will be streaming live video of the night sky from its telescopes in the Canary Islands and Arizona.<p>The meteor shower, …

4 Killed As Cambodian Police Fire At Striking Garment Workers

Cambodian police killed at least four people Friday near the capital, Phnom Penh, when they opened fire on protesting garment workers who want the country's minimum wage doubled.<p>The Associated Press reports:<p>"Chuon Narin, deputy chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said the four were killed and …

Tonight's Meteor Shower: Live, From Space, It's The Quadrantids

It's early January, and that means it's time for the Quadrantid meteor shower to peak. Despite winter weather that might cloud the skies in some areas, forecasters say this year's event is worth getting up for, citing lunar conditions that will darken the night sky.<p>If you haven't heard of the …

Uganda passes law meaning life in prison for some homosexual acts

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda’s parliament passed a law on Friday that makes some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison, a move that raised alarm among gays who are already afraid to express their sexuality openly.<p>Participants from Uganda, where homosexuality is outlawed, participate in the …

In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

<i>Part of a series on</i> income inequality <i>in the San Francisco Bay Area</i><p>If you want to understand the tension between tech workers in San Francisco, who often make six figures, and many of the city's other residents, try standing on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Valencia around 7:30 on a …

House Democrats Push To Defund Failed Abstinence-Only Education Programs

A group of nine House Democrats have introduced a measure that would end federal funding to states that run abstinence-only education programs in …

Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power

California is regarded as the leading state when it comes to addressing climate change. But in 2012, according to analysts at Rhodium Group, California's carbon emissions actually increased more than 10 percent, bucking the national trend of decreases. That's in large part because California shut …

Obama's Year Of Disappointing The Liberal Base

It's been a long, disappointing year for many of President Obama's most ardent supporters.<p>From drones and Syria to immigration and the Keystone XL pipeline, the list of issues on which the president has induced frustration and disillusionment is not a short one.<p>And fallout from that restive base is …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Dissolves Parliament, Calls for Elections

Thailand’s anti-government protesters appeared to win a big victory early Monday as beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced she will …

Obama Confronts Liberals' Biggest Skeptics: White People

If you’ve been listening to President Obama’s speeches with any regularity over the last two years, you’ll be familiar with this afternoon’s address …

At San Jose State, students grapple with hate crime allegations

Aaron Miller was surprised and saddened by reports that a black freshman had faced weeks of racial harassment by some of his white roommates in a San Jose State University dorm.<p>The alleged abuse was poles apart from Miller's own experience as a black student on the diverse campus.<p>"It was awful to …

Sexual frustration decreases lifespan -- at least in flies

This will change your whole concept of dead sexy: The chemical attractant wafting from a female fruit fly shortened the lifespan of male flies when the femme fatale didn't deliver on the signal's promise, according to a new study.<p>Male fruit flies who pick up on the female pheromone will decrease …

Noam Chomsky: America is a terrified country

<b>(AP/Hatem Moussa)</b><p>The philosopher on the violence we wage abroad, the income inequality we face at home and where we go from here<p>Catherine Komp<p>November 23, 2013 3:45pm (UTC)<p><i>This is an excerpt from the just released 2nd edition of Noam Chomsky’s "Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity,"</i> …

4th San Jose State student suspended in hate-crime case

<b>(11-22) 19:20 PST SAN FRANCISCO</b> -- A fourth San Jose State University student has been suspended for his alleged role in the bullying of an African American roommate who had a bicycle lock clamped around his neck, whose living quarters were decorated with Nazi and Confederate symbols, and who was …

In Pakistan, Thousands Protest Against U.S. Drone Strikes

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Pakistan to protest U.S. drone strikes inside their country.<p>Reporting from Islamabad, NPR's Philip Reeves reports protesters blocked an important road used to carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan. Philip filed this report for our Newscast …