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Lemon Cardamom Cornmeal Muffins

Spices find their way into cold weather treats more often than summery ones. Gingerbread and spice cakes are rich with many spices, but they’re …

Blueberry Buttermilk Clafoutis

Clafoutis are always a nice way to showcase fresh fruit in a dessert that is elegant, but easy to make. The custardy french dessert can be made with …

Pakistan drone strike kills seven in North Waziristan

<b>A suspected US drone attack has killed seven people in northwest Pakistan, officials say.</b><p>Two missiles hit a compound in a village in the North Waziristan tribal area, close to the Afghan border.<p>It is the first drone strike since Nawaz Sharif took over as Pakistan's prime minister and demanded an …

Associated Press News

Was a subway terror plot really foiled by the PRISM surveillance program?

President Obama addressed the US government's controversial domestic surveillance programs on Friday, justifying them in part because of his assessment that "they helped us prevent terrorist attacks," but without mentioning any specific incidents to back up that claim. Now, <i>Reuters</i> and <i>The New York</i> …

Southern California Edison To Shut Down San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Southern California Edison has decided to shut down Units 2 and 3 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>SCE, the majority owner and operator of SONGS, notified San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a regulated public …

Associated Press News

How Brazil tackles scourge of child malnutrition

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/984000/984852_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524680213_13b0040b1f730d5184673374471b2ef4<p><b>How to tackle the deadly threat of child malnutrition is the focus of a meeting of world leaders, scientists and civil society in London on Saturday.</b> …

Stockholm's male train drivers wearing skirts to work

Male train drivers in Stockholm have circumvented a ban on wearing shorts in the summer by coming to work in skirts.<p>More than a dozen male employees working for the Roslagsbanan train services in the <b>Swedish</b> capital have been wearing skirts in order to keep cool.<p>One of the drivers, Martin Åkersten, …

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Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Imagine that one day you came home to find a shiny little bubble of one-way glass in an upper corner of every single room, and a notice left on your kitchen table: “<i>As required by the Safe Society Act, we have installed remotely controlled cameras throughout your home. (Also your office.) But don’t</i> …

Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?

A magazine publisher has written a provocative article raising that question. I try to offer some answers.<p>Colin Dunn/Flickr

Associated Press News

After Six Years of Bloodshed, Mexico's Drug War Shows Little Sign of Waning

The horrors of daily life with the cartels.<p>It was roughly 8 a.m., on Jan. 3, 2007. Mexican President Felipe Calderon had just landed at the airport in Uruapan, in the central state of Michoacan. He had come to check on the troops involved in counter-drug operations, to give them a morale boost; …

What If China Hacks the NSA's Massive Data Trove?

The danger of creating data sets that would permit a foreign government or non-state actor to wreak havoc on Americans.<p>Reuters<p>Bradley Manning proved that massive amounts of the government's most secret data was vulnerable to being dumped on the open Internet. A single individual achieved that …

After PRISM, 'Boundless Informant' tool comes to light

The stream of leaks revealing the U.S. National Security Agency's secrets carries on with the public outing of a powerful intelligence tracking tool.<p>In a fresh wave of documents obtained by The Guardian, the details of the NSA's data mining tool "Boundless Informant" are laid out for the world to …

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Associated Press News

What other countries can learn from Britain’s experience with China’s Huawei

Britain finds itself in an uncomfortable position: It doesn’t like the fact that Huawei, a large Chinese firm that manufactures telecoms equipment, is deeply embedded in what Britain calls its “critical national infrastructure,” which includes energy supply pipelines, transportation infrastructure, …

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China Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's brother-in-law jailed

<b>A court in China has sentenced the brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in jail on fraud charges.</b><p>The lawyer defending Liu Hui said the jail term was out of all proportion to the alleged offence.<p>He said it should have been treated as a civil dispute, not a …

Associated Press News