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Iran executes 'Sultan of Coins' convicted of hoardingIran has executed a man deemed the "Sultan of Coins" and his accomplice for hoarding gold coins and other hard currency, signaling zero tolerance as it tries to shore up its currency in the face of an economic crisis
The Associated Press13 minutes ago
A portion of a once-classified CIA report that disclosed the existence of a drug research program dubbed "Project Medication" is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug that might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was “possibly worth a try.” But in the end, the CIA decided not to ask government lawyers to approve its use. The American Civil Liberties Union fought in court to have the report released.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
CIA considered using 'truth serum' on post-9/11 detaineesCIA considered giving a 'truth serum' to post-9/11 detainees, creating another ethical dilemma for medical personnel
The Associated Press18 minutes ago
Investigation launched into abuse claims by "Garlic Girls"The darlings of South Korea's Winter Olympics are back in the headlines eight months after their stirring run to a curling silver medal. South Korea's sports ministry is investigating allegations by the so-called Garlic Girls of abuse.
The Associated Press19 minutes ago
A security official stands guard outside a perimeter fence for a secured area ahead of the APEC Economic Leaders' Week Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New GuineaAfter decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it
The Associated Press19 minutes ago
Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car planIsraeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem's Old City sparks criticism
The Associated Press20 minutes ago
A Sri Lankan man walks past a banner carrying portraits of newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, his brother Gotabhaya and president Maithripla Sirisena, second left, outside the supreme courts complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Sri Lanka is in the midst of a political crisis set off by the president's decisions to remove the South Asian island nation's prime minister, dissolve Parliament and call snap elections. The banner reads" We welcome the leader who brought life to people" in Sinhalese. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Chaotic Sri Lankan Parliament rejects president's chosen PMSri Lanka's Parliament has passed a no-confidence vote against the government headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former strongman hastily sworn in as prime minister last month
The Associated Press29 minutes ago
A former dock facility is shown with old transfer bridges, with "Long Island" painted in large letters at Gantry State Park in the Long Island City section of Queens, N.Y., Tuesday Nov. 13, 2018, in New York. Amazon announced Tuesday it has selected the Queens neighborhood as one of two sites for its headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Amazon's NYC home in 'opportunity zone' for Trump tax breakAmazon's new home in New York City is in an 'opportunity zone' offering developers a big tax break. But is it deserved?
The Associated Press35 minutes ago
FILE - In this July 12, 2018, file photo, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio attends a joint hearing on, "oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election" on Capitol Hill in Washington. Frustration and finger-pointing spilled over at a private meeting of House Republicans late Tuesday, Nov. 13, as lawmakers sorted through an election that cost the majority and began considering new leaders. The speaker’s gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy, an ally of President Donald Trump, is poised to be minority leader. But he faces a challenge from Jordan of the conservative Freedom Caucus. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Trump ally Kevin McCarthy hopes to lead shrunken House GOPSpeaker's gavel out of reach, Rep. Kevin McCarthy poised to take over a shrunken House GOP caucus
The Associated Press37 minutes ago
A detail of a message is shown at The Neighborhood Church in Chico, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Numerous postings fill the message board as evacuees, family and friends search for people missing from the northern California wildfire. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
Wildfire death toll rises as search for missing continuesFive days after the deadliest wildfire in California history, more than 1,000 people were at more than a half-dozen shelters set up for evacuees
The Associated Press38 minutes ago
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks with students about her upcoming book "Becoming" during a roundtable discussion at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, on Monday, Nov 12, 2018, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with OprahFormer first lady Michelle Obama officially starts her national and international tour to promote her new book, 'Becoming,' by sitting for a conversation with Oprah Winfrey at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls
The Associated Press44 minutes ago
Fred Gmitter, a geneticist at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center, holds citrus seedlings that are used for gene editing research at the University of Florida in Lake Alfred, Fla., on Sept. 27, 2018. Gene-editing tools, with names like CRISPR and TALEN, promise to alter foods precisely, and cheaply _ without necessarily adding foreign DNA. Instead, they act like molecular scissors to alter the letters of an organism's own genetic alphabet. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)
Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?First foods made from gene-edited plants getting close to the grocery aisles, a different technology than today's GMOs but will shoppers buy?
The Associated Press45 minutes ago
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Roberto Moreno Ramos. Ramos is scheduled for lethal injection for the 1992 killings of his 42-year-old wife, Leticia, their 7-year-old daughter, Abigail, and their 3-year-old son, Jonathan, at their home in Progreso, located along the Mexico border about 20 miles (32.19 kilometers) southeast of McAllen. Prosecutors say Ramos killed his loved ones and then buried them underneath his home's freshly tiled bathroom floor. Authorities say he bludgeoned his family members so he could marry the woman he was having an extramarital affair with at the time. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
Mexican man who killed wife, 2 children set to die in TexasAttorneys for a Mexican citizen set to be executed in Texas for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children say his life should be spared because he's a 'bipolar, brain-injured' person who was severely abused as a child
The Associated Press51 minutes ago
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