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Clinton papers: Concerns over Commerce, Rwanda

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new batch of records from former President Bill Clinton's administration shows the ex-president musing about Republican plans to abolish a federal agency led by a black official, White House concerns about mass killings in Rwanda and political strategizing against former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.


The Man Who Made Ecstasy

An American chemist known as the ‘Godfather of Psychedelics,’ Alexander Shulgin originally promoted the drug now known as Ecstasy as an aid to talk therapy.


The Week’s Best Longreads

From the mind of an elephant killer to the future of American soccer, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.


Fasting Might Regenerate Immune System

Could you live without food for a few days, if it was good for your health? Researchers at USC found that fasting for 4 or 5 days causes the body to generate new immune cells.


Italy’s Lost Generation

Nine years ago, making 1,000 euro a month was a nightmare for overqualified 30-somethings. Now, with youth unemployment at 46 percent, it’s a dream for many, and the future looks dim.


Clinton describes daylight with Obama on Egypt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distancing herself from some of the Obama administration's handling of the Arab Spring, Hillary Rodham Clinton says in her upcoming book that she pushed for Hosni Mubarak to initiate an orderly transition of power in Egypt but was overruled by President Barack Obama's call for the strongman to stand down immediately.


AmeriCorps to provide legal aid to immigrant kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young lawyers and paralegals are being sought for the community service program AmeriCorps to provide legal assistance in immigration proceedings to children who come to the U.S. illegally.

Labour's Hain to step down as MP

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain is to step down as an MP at next year's general election, he has said. Hain, Labour MP for Neath in south Wales since 1991, said he had decided to "draw stumps" on his career following discussions with Labour leader Ed Miliband. "However, after considerable thought and in discussion with Ed Miliband, leader of the party and for many years my close colleague, I have decided to draw stumps on my House of Commons career.


Clashes in northern Iraq kill 59 as police battle militants

Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) - Clashes between Iraqi security forces and militants killed 59 people in Mosul on Saturday, as heavy fighting in the northern city entered its second day, officials said. The dead comprised 21 police and 38 militants, a police lieutenant colonel and a mortuary employee said. Fighting broke out in Mosul on Friday morning and continued into the night, while twin suicide bombings targeted a minority group east of the city and soldiers shot dead suicide bombers to its south. At least 36 people were killed in Friday's violence in Mosul and elsewhere in Nineveh province.


Pakistan's MQM party leader bailed

The exiled leader of Pakistan's MQM party has been bailed by police in London after being arrested on suspicion of money laundering, a police source said Saturday. Altaf Hussain was arrested at his suburban home in the British capital on Tuesday, prompting thousands of people to protest on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city and his party's power base. "The 60-year-old man arrested on Tuesday 3 June on suspicion of money laundering has been released on police bail to a date in July pending further enquiries," a police statement said.


Americans split on prisoner swap of Taliban for U.S. soldier

By David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are deeply divided over whether the Obama administration did the right thing by swapping five Taliban leaders to win the freedom of Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, according to Reuters/Ipsos survey released on Friday. Americans strongly agree the United States should make every effort to free prisoners of war like Bergdahl, an Army Sergeant who was captured in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. The Reuters/Ipsos poll of 958 Americans interviewed online found that 44 percent disagreed with the statement that trading Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl was "the right thing to do," with 26 percent of them strongly disagreeing. Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan last Saturday after the Obama administration agreed to send five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo prison to Qatar, where they must remain for a year.


Ireland’s ‘Mother and Baby Home’ Horror

News of 796 dead children buried in a septic tank got the world’s attention. Now attention shifts to the treatment of women and children at similar facilities across the country.


Draft issue a worry of Bill Clinton's Vietnam trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Bill Clinton prepared for the first trip by a U.S. president to Vietnam since the war, White House advisers worried about placating veterans' groups and deflecting questions about how Clinton steered clear of the Vietnam War as a young man, newly released records show.

Dr. Ben Carson Tries to Heal Himself

The conservative cause celeb has backtracked over remarks he made, claiming Obamacare was worse than 9/11. Now he wants to “move forward with intelligent and open discussions on how to solve America’s problems.”


Clinton says she would release medical records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says if she seeks the White House again she will release her medical records in the same manner of past presidential candidates.


Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A federal judge deemed Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread. The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by federal judges who have struck down gay marriage bans in a number of states, although the Wisconsin ruling sparked confusion over whether such marriages could now legally go ahead. In two counties, officials said clerks were beginning to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday night, and in response Wisconsin's attorney general said he had filed emergency motions in the federal courts to stay the ruling. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said that a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which Wisconsin adopted in 2006, violates gay couples' fundamental right to marry and their equal protection rights under the U.S. Constitution.

VA acting chief: retaliation will not be tolerated

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Investigators said they are examining allegations that supervisors in the veterans' health system retaliated against 37 employees who complained about practices such as falsified records used to cover up months-long delays in scheduling appointments. The acting VA chief said such reprisals would not be tolerated.

Veterans observe D-Day at World War II Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The granddaughter of General Dwight D. Eisenhower thanked those who carried out the D-Day invasion, telling them during a 70th anniversary commemoration Friday at the nation's World War II Memorial that "the world would have been a very different place" had their campaign failed.


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