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Straight into Compton: house prices soar as murderous gangs reach truce

Crime is down and things are looking up in the Los Angeles home of gangsta rap, the Mayor of Compton says<p>It is quarter of a century since Straight Outta Compton, the seminal gangsta rap album, made a ten square-mile area of Los Angeles synonymous with gang violence and murder.<p>A lot has changed in …

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NSA Fesses Up To Improper Surveillance Of U.S. Citizens

While you were drinking eggnog on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency released hundreds of pages of heavily redacted documents detailing instances of improper surveillance on U.S. citizens in the last 12 years.<p>The batch of documents, stretching from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second …

Book News: Egypt Bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' For 'Historical Inaccuracies'

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>When a book makes the leap from print to the big screen, it's not uncommon for filmmakers to take a few liberties with the adaptation. When that book is the Bible, however, those liberties can attract a bit more …

UFC President Dana White Says Tyrone Spong Wants to Fight in the UFC

The last time fans saw Tyrone Spong in action, the result was a horrific injury. Now, UFC President Dana White is hinting that the next time we see Spong fight, it could be inside the Octagon.<p>While speaking at the post-fight press conference for UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao, White …

10 striking images of graffiti in Kandahar | Salon.com

• Previous<br>• Next<p>“One of the reasons some of these tags are so inspiring is because they’re so funny,” Toler says. “It’s definitely not easy to maintain your sense of humor in a war zone, but these guys obviously found a way.”<p>Previous<br>• Next<p>“Some of the most meticulous and beautiful works came from these …