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Iran Charges U.S. Journalist Jason Rezaian With Espionage

Razaian charged with espionage in IranIran is charging Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian with four crimes, including espionage, the newspaper said on Monday in a report offering the first details about the exact charges against him.

Rezaian, the Post's bureau chief in Tehran, was detained last year in Iran. Among the charges, he is accused of "collaborating with hostile governments" and "propaganda against the establishment," according to a statement from Rezaian's attorney, Leilah Ahsan, the Post reported.

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Alex Baer: Fate Makes a Health & Welfare House Call

Alex Baer editorialFate -- or The Universe, or The Hairy Thunderer, or Kosmic Muffin, or The Flying Spaghetti Monster, or The Formless Mystery, or Your-What-Have-You -- waited ten whole days before it dropped by to give me a little something extra to stew in my cracked, shoulder-high, neck-mounted crockpot with the rattling glass-top lid.

Frankly, I had come to lose track of Its notions of style, Its sensibilities on timing, Its fondness for the unexpected slip of a stiletto between the ribs, Its pleased sneer for the gleeful anticipation of the set-up, followed by the crack of the ambush, the deft yank on the rug, the flailing, slow-motion fall, the broken things scattering on the floor...

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Baltimore on edge after arrestee's fatal spine injury

baltimore arrestee dies of spinal injuryBaltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how a man suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened.

A week after Freddie Gray was pulled off the street and into a police van, authorities don't have any videos or other evidence explaining what happened to cause the "medical emergency" an arresting officer said Gray suffered while being taken to the local police station, Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said.

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Michigan Police Officer Caught In Violent Arrest Video Charged With Felonies

michigan officer chargedA former Michigan police officer shown on dashcam video beating a man during a traffic stop has been charged with two felonies.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Monday that William Melendez, who was fired from the Inkster Police Department last week, has been charged with misconduct in office and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder for his treatment of Floyd Dent. The first felony charge carries a five-year maximum sentence, and the second has a 10-year maximum.

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Last month hottest March in modern history

hottest month  The U.S. government reports that last month's global climate made it the hottest March in modern history.

Average temperatures across the world's surface (land and sea) were 1.53 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 20th century average of 54.9 F, according to a report, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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NY Gov. Cuomo meets with top officials in Havana

Cuomo in havanaCuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for the U.S. companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding American trade embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Cuomo and executives from Jetblue, Chobani Greek Yogurt, Pfizer and other New York-based companies met with Cuba's top officials for U.S. relations on the first day of a trip that makes Cuomo the first U.S. governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation.

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SC paper wins Pulitzer for reporting on domestic violence

PulitzerThe Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for an examination of the deadly toll of domestic violence, while The New York Times collected three awards and the Los Angeles Times two.

The Seattle Times staff took the breaking news award for its coverage of a mudslide that killed 43 people and its exploration of whether the disaster could have been prevented.

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Hanging deaths in US South recall painful history

Hanging deaths in southWhen a black teenager was found hanging from a swing set by a belt that was not his own one morning late last summer, the first thought by his friends, family, and community was that it wasn’t a suicide. Lennon Lacy, they believe, was lynched.

Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into the death, which the coroner in Bladen County, North Carolina, initially ruled a suicide based on evidence his family says is circumstantial: that he was distraught over the recent death of his uncle.

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The Canadian Ministry of "Truth": "Reality Is Whatever We Say It Is"

Canada Ministry of TruthOne of the frightening aspects of ideology is how easy its governing principles can be obscured behind tautologies and reality-denying affirmations that are then effortlessly absorbed en masse simply through continuous repetition.

Ideology articulated in tautological form is what Orwell captured in his novel 1984 when he reduced Ingsoc (English Socialism) to three infamous slogans intended to shape and discipline the minds of Oceania's citizens: War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength. These statements appear to say two different things, but they actually say the same thing twice. They cannot be factually or logically refuted because they are self-reinforcing statements that point back to themselves. However, they do play an essential role in what Noam Chomsky has called the "manufacture of consent."

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