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Defectors, Google Earth map decades of horror in North Korea

A Seoul-based non-governmental organization has used Google Earth technology to enable North Korean defectors to “build a digital map of crimes against humanity in North Korea.” The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) released a new report  Wednesday, the result of two years of research and interviews with 375 North Korean defectors, that identifies what it says are grave sites, murder locations and government offices that “may be used for future investigation and prosecution of crimes against humanity.” Hangings, public executions, cremation sites, and remote burial sites are ostensibly identified, said…

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Turkey’s Erdogan Refuses to Back Down in Feud With Germany

On Friday, a Turkish judge ordered the rearrest of four of those ten, who had been released awaiting trial. Critics say the Turkish judiciary is no longer independent from Mr. Erdogan’s government, after a vast crackdown on opponents that purged around 150,000 public employees, including more than 4,000 judges and prosecutors. Earlier this week, the German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, called Mr. Steudtner’s arrest “absurd” and said it showed “that German citizens are no longer safe from arbitrary arrests” in Turkey. In remarks published in Bild on Friday, the foreign…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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Interior Department prevents glacier expert from accompanying Mark Zuckerberg on tour

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on a panel discussion with President Obama during the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University on June 24, 2016 in Stanford, Calif. Getty HELENA, Mont. — President Donald Trump’s Interior Department prevented Glacier National Park’s superintendent from accompanying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on a recent park tour to save money, not to mute criticism over climate change, a spokeswoman for the agency said Thursday. Park superintendent Jeff Mow and U.S. Geological Survey ecologist Daniel Fagre had planned to accompany Zuckerberg last weekend, but Interior…

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California Today: California Today: Angelenos and Others on O.J. Simpson’s Parole

Photo O.J. Simpson, right, with his attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, at his parole hearing in Nevada on Thursday. Credit Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal, via Associated Press Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Today’s introduction was reported by Jennifer Medina and Louis Keene in Los Angeles. News that O.J. Simpson was granted parole rippled across Los Angeles on Thursday. In homes, offices, barber shops and bars, everyone seemed to have an opinion in the city that for decades has been transfixed by the former football hero’s…

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Why “Despacito” has become the song of the summer

Young Niana Guerrero drops everything to dance wherever she is to the world’s No. 1 song, “Despacito.” Her video has been viewed more than 69 million times.  This week, it became the most streamed song in history. Universal Music says the official version and a remix have been streamed 4.6 billion times since the original release six months ago.  CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports the song went to No. 1 in the U.S. this spring. It became just the third predominantly, or entirely, Spanish language song to reach the…

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O.J. Simpson granted parole in unanimous decision

July 21, 2017, 7:03 AM| Former football star O.J. Simpson showed jubilation and relief Thursday after convincing a Nevada parole board that he deserves to be released. Simpson has served almost nine years of a 33-year sentence for a botched armed robbery in Las Vegas. His defenders say the sentence was payback for his acquittal on murder charges more than two decades ago. John Blackstone reports. Source: CBS News – Entertainment

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Trump lawyer denies Russia probe pardons being discussed

President Trump  on July 18, 2017  Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images One of President Trump’s attorneys is denying a Washington Post report that Mr. Trump’s legal team has been “discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons” with respect to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Jay Sekulow tells CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, “Pardons are not being discussed and are not on the table.” Jay Sekulow tells CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, “Pardons are not being…

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On Washington: Eerie Parallels Between John McCain and Edward Kennedy

Mr. McCain sought to reinforce that view on Twitter on Thursday, weighing in after Democrats and Republicans shared thoughts and well wishes that he might have thought sounded too much like they were saying goodbye. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so standby!” he wrote. But he is gone for the moment for treatment of the brain cancer, diagnosed as a glioblastoma, and his absence will create a void in both the spirit of the Senate and…

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