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A Border Patrol agent reveals what it's really like to guard migrant children

With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.”... Read more»

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Border & immigration

Border fence being sold as scrap metal

Holes are still being made in the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but not for the reason you might think. ... Read more»

Analysis

Malaysian model drinks beer, asks to be caned

It's a sordid tale with the goods to placate the gods of news. A model. Booze. Religion. Caning (yes, being beaten repeatedly by a rattan stick). An impassioned appeal by human rights advocates. A willing sacrifice. Here's the skinny:... Read more»

Food safety

Would you know if you ate poisonous puffer fish?

When a Chicago couple grew dangerously ill two years ago after eating a home-cooked fish dinner, Canadian scientists figured out what had sickened them by using a new genetic test. The Chicago couple — who recovered — had dined on poisonous puffer fish that had been mistakenly labeled as a safe monkfish.... Read more»

Afghanistan

Main contenders in Afghan polls claim victory

While preliminary results will not be announced for several days, President Hamid Karzai's camp has already declared that he expects a first-round win in Afghanistan's presidential election. His main rival, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, has also claimed victory – but, just in case, his spokesman has already complained of widespread fraud.... Read more»

Italy

Berlusconi's midsummer Italian sex comedy

Italians have long grown accustomed to the din in a country divided politically. Harder to shrug off is a recession that has them feeling more worried and depressed. 33 percent say they're having sex less often. That apparently isn't the case with Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. For the past year, his alleged sexual exploits have been the stuff of widespread media coverage, café chatter and, most recently, tape-recorded pillow talk.... Read more»

Pan Am 103

Release of Lockerbie bomber draws American ire

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted of the bombing of flight Pan Am 103, was released from a Scottish prison Thursday on "compassionate grounds."... Read more»

McChrystal: Marines' gains in southern Afghanistan a model

Incremental security gains that U.S. Marines are making in Afghanistan's Helmand province are proving to be a model for successful counterinsurgency, said Gen. Stanley McChrystal.... Read more»

Health care reform

White House backs away from health plan public option

Obama administration officials are signaling their willingness to compromise on a public plan option in any health reform proposal.... Read more»

Broadband companies to Feds: Keep your stimulus money

The stimulus package offers $7.2 billion in grants to spread high-speed Internet access, but three big players — AT&T, Verizon and Comcast — have decided not to apply for the funds, according to industry sources. ... Read more»

Shocking news

Michael Jackson death update

Get all the latest on the Michael Jackson case... Read more»

Funding the Taliban

Who is financing America's enemies? You don't want to know

In Afghanistan, one of the richest sources of Taliban funding is the foreign assistance coming into the country. Virtually every major project includes a healthy cut for the insurgents. Call it protection money, call it extortion, or, as the Taliban themselves prefer to term it, “spoils of war,” the fact remains that international donors, primarily the United States, are to a large extent financing their own enemy.... Read more»

Federal stimulus funds

How much stimulus funding is going to Pima County?

Want to know what’s going on with the stimulus in your area? ProPublica has compiled nearly all the contracts, grants and loans that the government has reported awarding so far in the stimulus program. Type in your county or click on your state to find projects in your area.... Read more»

Those stimulus job numbers from Congress? Not so solid

House Democrats this week credited stimulus road and transit projects with creating or sustaining nearly 50,000 jobs. But a close look shows the estimate suffers from what’s become a common malaise in the stimulus world: fuzzy math.... Read more»

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