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Chinese police seize publisher from train in front of diplomats

A Hong Kong-based book publisher with Swedish citizenship who was secretly spirited to China and held in custody for two years, igniting international controversy, has disappeared again in dramatic fashion — snatched from a train bound for Beijing under the eyes of two Swedish diplomats. Read More

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules congressional district map unconstitutional

Pennsylvania’s congressional district map is a partisan gerrymander that “clearly, plainly and palpably” violates the state’s constitution, the state’s Supreme Court said, joining a string of court decisions that have struck down political maps that unduly favor one political party. Read More
 

Man trades tortoise for turtle, gets 6 months in jail

Since he was a child, Shawn Waters has loved every kind of animal, his mother said, but his favorites are turtles and tortoises. But Waters got in trouble the last time he came in contact with a large tortoise. That episode led to the six-month jail term. Read More
 

Why it’s so hard to calculate what you’ll pay for college

It’s high season for the people with some of the toughest jobs in higher education — the people who run what’s come to be known as enrollment management. When they’re not talking to the families writing the tuition checks, they speak in business terms, of overall discount rates and net tuition revenue. Read More

After apologies, restaurants struggle to change

The first act of the drama was loud and public: Reporters exposed pervasive sexual harassment at a handful of high-profile restaurant groups around the country. Accused chefs and restaurateurs issued apologies and vowed to step away from daily operations. The second act is playing out much more quietly, as customers consider whether they should eat at places that once brought joy, and everyone seems to be wondering which chef will be next. Read More

Kelly: Trump was not ‘fully informed’ in campaign vows on wall

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff privately told a group of Democratic lawmakers that Trump had not been “fully informed” when promising voters a wall along the Mexican border last year, and said that he had persuaded the president it was not necessary. Read More

More details emerge about Trump’s relationship with porn star

Two reports this week offered more details about what they described as a sexual relationship between Donald Trump and Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic-film actress who was reportedly paid $130,000 in hush money shortly before the 2016 election. Read More

FBI alleges assistant to Goldman Sachs exec stole, sold rare wines

For years, David M. Solomon, a co-president at Goldman Sachs, tasked his personal assistant with helping manage a world-class collection of wine. But Nicolas De-Meyer was doing much more than simply stocking his boss’ wine cellar in the Hamptons, federal authorities said. He stole some of the most coveted French vintages — worth more than $1.2 million — and sold them, according to an indictment unsealed this week. Read More

Outside experts say Trump’s physical revealed serious heart concerns

Cardiologists not associated with the White House said President Donald Trump’s physical exam revealed serious heart concerns, including very high levels of so-called bad cholesterol, which raises the risk that Trump could suffer a heart attack while in office. Read More

White House fuels immigration debate with terror stats

The Trump administration released statistics showing that the vast majority of people convicted of terrorism charges in the United States over the last 15 years were born in foreign countries. The report came amid a politically-charged push by the Trump administration to enact new restrictions on immigration, in part by arguing that the current system puts the nation at risk. Read More

‘Caesar’ cocktail catches on among Canadians

The Caesar, a spicy and piquant mixture typically composed of vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, various spices and garnishes — and, most critically, Clamato or some equivalent — is the favorite drink of many Canadians. Read More

Taliban fighters use high-tech gear to kill Afghan forces

Taliban insurgents using sophisticated night vision and laser targeting equipment overran Afghan army positions near the northern city of Kunduz, killing at least eight people and wounding five more, Afghan officials said. Read More

Newly discovered van Gogh drawing a ‘missing link’

The Van Gogh Museum announced the discovery of a previously unknown drawing by Vincent van Gogh, which the museum said was completed about a month after the Dutch post-impressionist artist arrived in Paris in 1886. Read More

Mathilde Krim, mobilizing force in AIDS crusade, dies at 91

Mathilde Krim, who crusaded against the scourge of AIDS with appeals to conscience that raised funds and international awareness of a disease that has killed more than 39 million people worldwide, died at her home in New York. She was 91. Read More

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