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Connecticut soda maker pays tribute to government shutdown

A Connecticut soft drink maker known for its whimsical soda names is trying to make the bitter federal government shutdown a little sweeter. Read More

A small Alaska town reels as the Coast Guard weathers on without pay

While the shutdown has affected hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the United States, halting paychecks and furloughing those who have been deemed nonessential personnel, it has brought a particular chill to Kodiak, a small town of 6,300 on an isolated island in the Gulf of Alaska. Read More

Her visit to a men-only temple went smoothly. Then the riots started.

Every year, millions of people wait for hours to climb the 18 gold-plated steps leading to the Sabarimala Temple, one of Hinduism’s holiest shrines. For centuries, however, pilgrims say, they have observed a de facto bar against women between the ages of 10 and 50, thinking that to allow menstruating women inside would disturb the temple’s celibate deity, Lord Ayyappa. Read More
 

Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack

A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court today as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses. Read More

Zimbabwe in ‘total internet shutdown’ amid deadly crackdown

Zimbabwe imposed a “total internet shutdown” for most of today in what critics called an attempt to hide growing reports of a violent crackdown on protests against a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital, and rights groups said at least 12 people have been killed this week. Read More

Cyprus: U.S. to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

The U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus because Washington acknowledges the Mediterranean island nation’s contribution to bolstering regional stability and security, the Cypriot foreign minister said today. Read More
 
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Anthony Rapp hopes he did his part to ‘change the culture’

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Actor Anthony Rapp said he came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey because he feared assaults could “keep happening” if he said nothing. Read More

3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water

Michigan’s attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate “without fear or favor” the scandal over Flint’s lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public. Read More

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit

One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan. Read More
 

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies at 83

Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection, has died. She was 83. Read More

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