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The Tricky Ethics of the Lucrative Disaster Rescue Business

Who gets out alive when disaster strikes? The people who can afford it.

Abe Streep | Wired | Aug 2015
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Can We Ever Design The Ideal City?

It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies — but no one can design the perfect human community.

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Circus Tent Collapse Kills 2 During Storm In New Hampshire

"We lost two lives — a father and a daughter — at an event that was supposed to be fun," Gov. Maggie Hassan says. At least a dozen people were injured.

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Imagine Going To Prison For A Crime You Didn't Commit. Now Imagine It's For Murdering Your Child

Meet the lawyers fighting to close the innocence gap.

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Living Without A Sense Of Smell

Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavors — it can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people.

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In Which We're Up All Night

An essay on insomnia.

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Monsoon Flooding Kills Dozens In Myanmar, Prompting Calls For Help

More than 200,000 people have been displaced by floods and landslides, with at least 46 deaths reported.

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My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers

Our discussion was considered so dangerous that we — two reporters and a social worker — were placed on the top floor of the prison maximum security wing, which guards told us had formerly held terrorists, serial murderers, gang leaders and child rapists. Meanwhile, police stripped my home of every file, every piece of paper I had, and 400 books.

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In the long list of my favorite Nine Inch Nails songs, this one probably takes the top position. It really captures everything brilliant about The Fragile, from the warm undulating synthesizers to the manic, thrashing guitars. The entire texture of this song is entirely unique, quintessentially Trent Reznor in every way. You're not sure what sounds are synthesizers and which are manipulated screams. The lyrical content is angsty id of the purest form. I don't think music gets much more cathartic than this.

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Delta Will Ban Big Game Trophies As Airline Freight

The airline said in a statement on Monday that, effective immediately, it "will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies."

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New York Attorney General Orders Immediate Halt To Realistic Toy Gun Sales

New York law requires toy guns made in realistic colors to have a bright, one-inch wide orange stripe "down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel," according to a press release.

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California Wildfire Blazes Through 60,000 Acres, Containment Estimated Next Week

Cal Fire says almost 3,000 firefighters — using four airtanker planes, 19 helicopters, and 285 fire engines — have been "working aggressively to build control lines."

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Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.

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GCHQ and Me

The costs of a life spent reporting on spies.

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President Obama Unveils New Power Plant Rules In 'Clean Power Plan'

Key elements of the Clean Power Plan include a requirement that would cut the power industry's carbon pollution by 32 percent below 2005 levels in the next 15 years.

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Learning to Speak Lingerie

A Chinese underwear merchant rises in Egypt.

Peter Hessler | New Yorker | Aug 2015
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Texas Attorney General Turns Himself In On Fraud Charges

Facing three felony charges that allege securities fraud, Ken Paxton was processed at a county jail and released on bail Monday morning.

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Second American Accused In Illegal Killing Of Lion In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean wildlife officials say the man killed the lion in April during a hunt that was illegal. This comes a week after the killing of a lion named Cecil sparked a worldwide outcry.

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Group Offers To Help Revive HitchBOT That Was Vandalized In Philadelphia

A kid-sized robot that's built around a PVC bucket and sports a friendly face, the hitchBOT couldn't make it out of Philadelphia in one piece.

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Hunting Rebecca Francis

The woman trophy hunter, notorious for her controversial “hero shot” beside a dead giraffe, profiled.

Kerry Howley | New York | Aug 2015
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