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The First Modern School Shooter Speaks

She did it, she said, because she didn't like Mondays. 35 years later, Brenda Ann Spencer, who killed two and wounded eight, faced her victims in a parole hearing.

The Obamas Have Normalized Black Success

The right loves to note that Obama hasn’t made black people wealthier. Maybe not materially. But in ways they can’t see, much has improved.

The Kochs and Libertarianism 3.0

The visionary brothers’ new paradigm will frustrate the left and alter the right by fusing social tolerance with fiscal responsibility.

My College Roommate Is an Oligarch

I knew Anthony G. Petrello as an 18-year-old math whiz. Now he’s the highest-paid chief executive in the country. Where did I go wrong?

Study: King Richard III maligned as hunchback

LONDON (AP) — He may have had a twisted spine, but England's King Richard III was no hunchback, according to a new analysis of the medieval king's skeleton.

How Obama's power plant emission rules will work

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules limiting carbon emissions from the thousands of power plants across the nation. The pollution controls form the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's campaign to combat climate change and a key element of his legacy.

GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana.

Britain's Iraq inquiry to see parts of Blair-Bush letters

Britain's government agreed to give extracts of letters from Tony Blair to George W. Bush to an inquiry into the Iraq war, overcoming the main hurdle to publication of the long-awaited report. The probe will receive "gists and quotes" of communications from former prime minister Blair to ex-president Bush in the run-up to the conflict in 2003, inquiry chief John Chilcot said in an official letter. But Bush's replies will not be included in the report, which is examining Britain's involvement in the war, Chilcot said.

Gunfire in CAR capital Bangui, protesters in streets

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Automatic weapons fire was heard Friday in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui and near the city's airport as hundreds of protesters marched in the streets, an AFP correspondent said.

US releases email, tries to debunk Snowden claims

The US government released an email written by Edward Snowden, in a bid to debunk his claim that he raised concerns about mass spying programs before fleeing and engineering huge media leaks. Snowden, now exiled in Russia, said in an interview aired by NBC Wednesday that he had gone through official channels to question the legality of National Security Agency surveillance. The former intelligence contractor mentioned a specific email he had written to the NSA General Counsel's Office detailing his concerns. In response, the agency released what President Barack Obama's administration said was the only such communication found in the archives from Snowden on the issue, and said it did not prove his claims.

SpaceX’s Giant Leap

Elon Musk’s newly unveiled crew capsule upends Space Age tradition, with the ability to choose where it will touch down among other innovations.