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Sinosphere Blog: China to Employ Customs Workers With a Nose for Hard Cash

a shared story    3 weeks 4 hours 46 minutes ago
As China’s anticorruption campaign enters its third year, the country is developing its first cash-detecting dog program for its borders, with the help of New Zealand. 



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Sympathy for family of dead teenager

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Northern Ireland's first minister is among those who have offered sympathy to the family of Fermanagh teenager Oisin McGrath. 



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These Valentine’s Day cards will show you care and cost you nothing

a shared story    3 weeks 4 hours 46 minutes ago
Love is in the air! Or maybe that’s smog. Either way, don’t celebrate this Valentine’s Day by shelling out your hard-earned dollar bills to some corporate behemoth for meaningless cards and mass-market tulips. Instead, give these Gristy valentines to the love of your life —...(more) 



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World Briefing: China: Motorist Tries to Drive Into American Consulate

a shared story    3 weeks 6 hours 46 minutes ago
A man crashed into a barrier while trying to drive into the United States Consulate in Shanghai late Thursday, the police said. One Chinese guard was slightly injured, the police added. 




Pa. woman whacks mom 20 times in head with skillet, hammer

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A Pennsylvania woman who bludgeoned her mom with a frying pan and hammer because she "just wanted peace and quiet" pleaded guilty Thursday.  



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World Briefing: Myanmar: 47 Government Troops Killed by Rebels

a shared story    3 weeks 6 hours 46 minutes ago
Clashes between Myanmar troops and ethnic Kokang rebels near the Chinese border have left 47 government soldiers dead and 73 wounded, state news media said Friday. 




David Carr's death draws immediate, intense Web reaction

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The sudden death of media columnist David Carr inspired immediate and intense reaction from colleagues on Twitter.  



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Nationwide GMO labeling bills have another Groundhog Day

a shared story    3 weeks 6 hours 46 minutes ago
Democrats in the Senate and House Thursday introduced bills to make GMO labeling mandatory across the U.S. These bills are slightly tweaked versions of legislation that died in the last Congress. This is a Hail Mary at best, and a token gesture at worst. As...(more) 




Los Angeles cop, fooled by fake gun, shoots 15-year-old boy

a shared story    3 weeks 7 hours 46 minutes ago
A Los Angeles police officer wounded a 15-year-old boy when he mistook a person's fake gun for the real thing and opened fire, police say.  



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This supermarket sells your food waste back to you in raccoon form

a shared story    3 weeks 7 hours 46 minutes ago
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is investigating a local Asian market that’s selling raccoons — dead ones! Not alive! Although I’m not sure which the average reader would find more alarming. But as it turns out, it’s perfectly legal to sell raccoon meat...(more) 



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Red Cross Faces Attacks at Ebola Victims’ Funerals

a shared story    3 weeks 8 hours 46 minutes ago
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reported Thursday that its burial teams in Guinea have been attacked verbally or physically 10 times a month on average since March. 



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China Sentences 27 Linked to Official Who Reported Graft

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Those sentenced were either family members or supporters of Long Baorong, who died in 2012 after being jailed following attempts to expose corruption. 



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