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Canada Letter: Summer Advice From Librarians, American Friends

Megan Stecyk, Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatchewan: “100 Days of Cree,” by Neal McLeod “McLeod describes Cree as ‘the sexiest’ of all languages, and his book explores the humor, modernity and adaptability of today’s Cree. It’s easy to drop in to any page and learn the Cree word for the Death Star from Star Wars or a Tim Horton’s double-double, as well as traditional and seasonal phrases.” “The Devourers,” by Indra Das “This is Das’s first full fiction piece outside of his work in science fiction anthologies. It’s a raw, intense…

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Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

But if Mas does get the Marlins franchise, his family history could possibly affect baseball’s continuing efforts to create a working relationship with Cuba, one that would allow players from the island to join the major leagues in an orderly fashion instead of having to endure various dangers in order to defect. It was Mas’s father, after all, who was regularly reviled by the Cuban media as the leader of “the counterrevolutionary Miami mafia” because of his longstanding efforts to cripple the government of Fidel Castro. Those efforts began after…

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Russian Lawyer Who Met Donald Trump Jr. Once Represented Spy Agency

The documents concern a complex property dispute that dates back to at least 2004, when the Russian state fought against the private owners of an office building in northwest Moscow. The building was privatized in 1991, when much of the state’s vast property holdings were transferred to private hands in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse. But after Mr. Putin ascended to power at the end of 1999, the Russian government began to question some outcomes of the often-chaotic privatization. In 2006 a court in Moscow ruled that the…

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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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Contaminated, drugged liquor may be responsible for woman’s mysterious death at Mexican resort, dad says

A young woman, whose mysterious death at a luxurious Mexican resort in January is being probed by her parents, may have consumed bootlegged liquor that was contaminated — or drugged — before she drowned in a shallow pool, the family’s attorney said. Abbey Conner, 20, was found next to her brother, Austin, face-down in a pool at the five-star Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen. The Wisconsin woman was vacationing at the resort with her mother and stepfather. Related Image Expand / Collapse Abbey Conner died at a…

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Can Trump Pardon Himself? Explaining Presidential Clemency Powers

How would pardons affect the Trump-Russia investigations? Anyone pardoned by Mr. Trump would receive immunity from being charged with a federal crime over his or her past conduct covered by the pardon. That could contract the scope of the special counsel investigation being led by Robert S. Mueller III into possible ties between associates of Mr. Trump and Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Still, if Mr. Trump did not also pardon any Russian officials for violating American law in carrying out an election-influence operation, then the investigation might continue…

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Witness: Man accused of murder said he “finished it”

Edwin Lara (left) and Kaylee Sawyer KOIN BEND, Ore. – Prosecutors in an Oregon murder case brought a witness to the stand who said the suspect told her he “silenced” his victim “forever” and “finished it.” Testimony from the witness who police said was kidnapped by the suspect was heard on Thursday at an evidentiary hearing for the July 2016 killing of Kaylee Sawyer. Witness Aundreah Elizabeth Maes was interviewed by police after Edwin Lara was arrested in California, The Bend Bulletin reported. Audio recordings from her interviews were submitted into…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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Linkin Park singer died by hanging, coroner confirms

LOS ANGELES — The L.A. County coroner confirmed Friday that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died by hanging. Coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter said the 41-year-old rocker hanged himself from a bedroom door in his home near Los Angeles. Bennington was found dead Thursday. Winter said a half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room but no drugs were evident. Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addiction at various times during his life. A suicide note was not found. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled. Bennington was one…

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CDC: Half of homicides of women related to domestic violence

Police say 39-year-old Utah mother Memorez Rackley and her son Jase, 6, left, were shot and killed in June 2017 by her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Patterson, right, days after Rackley reported harassment  KUTV WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that half of all homicides of women were related to domestic violence. The CDC examined data on more than 10,000 homicides of women over the age of 18 from 18 states between 2003-2014. The agency found that 11 percent of victims experienced some type of…

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