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Saturday Profile: The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes

Ms. Yang partnered with remnants of the Chinese Nationalist troops who had been defeated by Mao’s Communists but continued to fight from havens in Burma. Intelligence dispatches at the National Archives in Yangon described her as a menace to the peace. The Nationalist troops had won support from the C.I.A., because of their shared interest in stemming the spread of Communism during the early stages of the Cold War. The covert plan, called Operation Paper, included an agreement by which American weapons were airlifted to Southeast Asia using planes owned…

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Extreme Commuting

“So we put a pencil on a map and drew 150 miles out,” he said. Looking west, they checked out Bethlehem, Pa., a city of 75,000 wedged between Allentown and Easton, which was founded by Moravians in the mid-18th century, and pitched their tent. Jennifer Lehman may not have the longest commute in this determined fraternity — roughly two hours — but she is a clear winner when it comes to scenery and sociability. A recruiter in the professional services field, she lives in Newburgh, N.Y., about 60 miles north…

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Athlete overcomes paralysis to race, coach again

When Beth Sanden crashed her bike after speeding over a wet, broken patch of asphalt 15 years ago, the elite endurance athlete was left paralyzed. She figured her competition days were over, along with her career as a personal trainer and triathlon coach. Actually, they were just beginning. Paralyzed from the rib cage down and told she’d never walk again, she was swimming a year later. Soon after, she was walking with a walker, then a cane. Then she was back to competing in triathlons, albeit not the way she…

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Salvador Dali’s mustache still intact, exhumation reveals

Talk about surreal. The body of eccentric Spanish painter Salvador Dali was exhumed for a paternity test Thursday night — and the late artist’s trademark mustache was found to be still intact. Related Image Expand / Collapse Salvador Dali’s mustache was found intact when forensic experts exhumed his body.  (AP) Forensic experts said Dali’s whiskers remained in the “classic shape of ten past ten,” referring to the positions of hands on a clock. Spanish experts said they removed the deceased painter’s hair, nails and two long bones to find genetic…

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Protests over law that would let Polish leader handpick top justices

Protesters raise candles during a protest on July 20, 2017 in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw, Poland, as they urge the Polish senate to reject a bill changing the judiciary system. Getty WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s Senate opened debate Friday on a contentious draft law that would dismiss current Supreme Court judges and let the president appoint new ones. Earlier, a special Senate commission swiftly reviewed and approved the bill, which critics say opens the door to political influence over the nation’s top court. Tens of thousands of…

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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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Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’

Research backs up what Ms. Joefield noticed. Removal is traumatic for children, even if home life is stressful. Continue reading the main story Joseph Doyle, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, used statistical methods to analyze the effect of foster care placement in so-called marginal cases — those in which a strict investigator might put a child in foster care, but a more lenient investigator might not. Over time, the children sent to foster care had higher delinquency rates, higher teen birthrates, lower…

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Salvador Dalí’s body exhumed, mustache still in “classic shape”

FIGUERES, Spain — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dalí’s embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test — a move that opens the possibility for a woman who says she is the surrealist artist’s daughter to claim part of the Dalí estate. Officials said Friday that the artist’s mummified remains were so well conserved that even his famous mustache had survived the passing of time and remained in “its classic shape of ten past ten,” referring to the positions…

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AP Explains: What’s behind N. Korean silence to talks offer

SEOUL, South Korea –  Is North Korea agonizing? Just not interested? Something else? At the start of the week, South Korea offered to hold rare face-to-face talks with North Korea at their shared border village in the Demilitarized Zone. One set of talks was proposed for Friday to discuss easing military confrontations and another on Aug. 1 to discuss restarting reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The day for the first talks came without a response from the North. A look at what North Korea’s silence may…

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O.J. Simpson’s Former Agent Will Sell the White Bronco Now if Price is Right

O.J. Simpson Paroled Owner of The Bronco Could Be Big Winner EXCLUSIVE O.J. Simpson‘s white Ford Bronco — from the most famous car chase in American history — stands to make its current owner a ton of dough if a buyer steps up to the plate. O.J.’s former sports agent, Mike Gilbert, owns the Bronco, and sources close to him tell us he’s never really been interested in selling, but only because the offers weren’t good enough. We’re told he’s always considered it an investment, and this might be the perfect…

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