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Army planning ‘major offensive,’ South Sudanese president says

Africa's newest country, South Sudan, is plunging toward the brink of civil war as brutal killings escalate and the government vows to launch a counterattack against rebels who have seized two key regions.<p>Summary executions and revenge killings are continuing, more than 100,000 people have been …

Raúl Castro: U.S. And Cuba Can Have 'Civilized Relationship'

Cuban President Raúl Castro says the U.S. and Cuba could have a "civilized relationship."<p>BBC Mundo reports that in a rare speech, Castro said that over the past year U.S. and Cuban officials have met to talk about immigration and restarting mail service between the two countries.<p>That proves, Castro …

Colorado resorts brace for marijuana tourism

Colorado's ski resorts and mountain towns are bracing for an influx of tourists seeking a now-legal Rocky Mountain high.<p>Last year, the state legalized the possession and use of small amounts of recreational marijuana, and on Jan. 1 special stores will be allowed to sell pot to anyone 21 and over. …

Uruguay Begins Its First High Season With Legalized Marijuana

Christmas in Uruguay marks the start of the high season. That could sound like a giddy little pun on the fact that marijuana is now legal here, but …

Uruguay becomes first country to legalise marijuana trade | Reuters

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay became the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalisation.<p>People participate in the so-called "Last demonstration with illegal …

Christian conservatives have perfected playing the victim card

Scaring people can convince them to hand over their money<p>Religious freedom and separation of church and state have always been hated concepts to the religious right. Indeed, it’s fair to say that the religious right exists to fight any legal or cultural support for people who don’t want their …

The Day the Rob Ford Story Stopped Being Funny

Of the four men in the most famous image of Ford hanging out in the drug house, one is dead, two are out on bail and the other remains the Mayor of Toronto<p><i>PLUS: The Definitive Rob Ford Timeline</i><p>It's been fun, I'm not going to lie. During the past three weeks in Toronto, you've never had to wonder …

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Marijuana Advocates Are Really Bumming the Booze Lobby Out

The alcohol industry says pot campaigners' effort to downplay the dangers of smoking is leaving them with a nasty hangover.<p>Marijuana is giving alcohol a bad name.<p>So contend booze lobbyists, who are getting sick of an ad campaign that makes the claim that pot is safer than their beloved …

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A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back

For 29 years, Alcatraz — the notorious prison off the coast of San Francisco — housed some of the nation's worst criminals: Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Birdman Robert Stroud.<p>Today, 50 years after it closed, it's a museum. And earlier this year, the National Park Service gave Bill Baker, a former …

Columbus Day: Biggest Misconceptions and Exploring the Era of First Contact

Wildlife<p>Famed painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth created a series of murals in 1927 for National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., including this one showing the ships of Christopher Columbus’s voyage of discovery. (Photo courtesy NGS)<p>Christopher Columbus’s landfall in the Western …

Top 10 Ghost Towns

With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities.<p><i>Here’s a look at our top ten from around the world:</i><p><b>1. St. Elmo, Colorado</b><p>Once a booming mining town and trading post along railroad …

What Gaudí's Sagrada Familia Will Look Like in 2026

The <i>Sagrada Famlia</i>, a world-famous Catholic church in Barcelona designed by the late renowned architect Antoni Gaud, is set to finally complete construction in the year 2026 after over a century of work. Having first embarked on the ambitious architectural project in 1882, Gaud took his time …

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The True Story Of The Great Marijuana Crash Of 2011

Buying marijuana in Denver is a downright pleasant experience.<p>Customers wait in a well-appointed waiting room. There's a variety of reading material — feel free to choose between the gardening magazine and the Cannabible on the coffee table — and plenty of information about the product.<p>When their …

Save the economy, tax the rich

In his new documentary “Inequality for All,” Robert Reich explains how to fix America’s income inequality<p>It's one of the central issues of our time. It spawned both the Tea Party and the Occupy movements. It has the potential to deeply sabotage our economy. And, argues former U.S. secretary of …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

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Intuit Contest Could Inadvertently Lead To Super Bowl's First Marijuana Commercial

When Intuit, the software giant behind Quicken and Quickbooks, launched a small business contest for a free ad in the 2014 Super Bowl, the company may have gotten more than it bargained for.<p>The rules of the contest are simple: get the most online votes for your small business and you become a …

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Inside the conservative brain: What explains their wiring?

Neuroscience can help us understand the strangest of birds: The modern conservative. They really do think different<p>The question of human nature reliably polarized political philosophers across many centuries and several oceans. One group of these thinkers viewed people as innately cooperative or …

In pictures: Street art of Sao Paulo

More and more housing estates, tube stations and even cemeteries are being covered with colourful spray paint.

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