Wednesday, June 03, 2015         

New York Times

NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors have opened a new front in their investigation of Rikers Island, embarking on a far-reaching examination of the financial dealings of Norman Seabrook, the powerful president of New York City's correction officers union.

VISTA HERMOSA, Colombia - White Brahman cattle munched grass under a mango tree as Bernardo Velasco stretched out his right hand, pointing to a section of green pasture on his farm.

WASHINGTON » When George W. Bush first ran for president, he liked to say he had inherited half of his father's friends and all of his enemies. For Jeb Bush, now preparing his own bid for the White House, that may ring familiar.

The rising number of women in Congress can obscure another trend: The number of Republican women has remained roughly stagnant for more than a decade.

BUCKFAST, England » Sticky, sweet and flavored like spiced wine, with a hint of violet and a jolt of caffeine, the alcoholic drink produced here for the last century by Benedictine monks is the heart of a thriving enterprise.

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia » More than 250 years ago, in this sunbaked oasis of mud-brick houses and ramparts, the ancestors of the Saudi royal family and an outcast fundamentalist preacher formed an alliance that has shaped this land ever since.

CHICAGO » In his 1914 poem, an admiring Carl Sandburg called Chicago the "City of the Big Shoulders," a proud label for the working people who called it home.

In a city crowded with venerable towers and gleaming new skyscrapers, builders and developers are trying to squeeze more money out of their real estate by taking advantage of one of their last available spaces: their rooftops.

She was just 21 when she was arrested by Tunisia's state police, who hauled her into an Interior Ministry office and "beat me up so hard that I don't even remember how I found myself there." But that was not the worst part.

When the Rev. Warren Hall called a reporter for the gay sports website last week to discuss his firing as director of Seton Hall University's campus ministry, there was a certain logic to his move.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fundraiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.

BEIRUT >> Hours after they swept into the Syrian city of Palmyra last week, Islamic State militants carried out scores of summary executions, leaving the bodies of victims -- including dozens of government soldiers -- in the streets.

EPPING, N.H. >> Fit and quick-witted at age 73, Sen. Bernie Sanders was still going strong after speaking for an hour in 90-degree heat Wednesday when he fielded a question from a man who could have been an older brother.

NEW YORK » For more than a year, Sister Megan Rice, 85, a Roman Catholic nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, had caught occasional glimpses of the glittering World Trade Center from her living quarters: the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal prison on the Brooklyn waterfront.

WISSOUS, France » Malek Layouni was not thinking about her Muslim faith, or her head scarf, as she took her excited 9-year-old son to an amusement site near Paris. But, as it turned out, it was all that mattered.

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