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November 20, 2015

Suspected Ring Leader in Paris Attacks Killed By Police

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By Nigel Boys A citywide manhunt for 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Islamic extremist thought to be the mastermind behind the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France where at least 129 people were killed, ended on Wednesday when he was killed by police. The Guardian reported that Abaaoud, who is thought to have been in Syria since 2014 but returned to Europe at least once, was one of two people killed…

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard released from prison

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Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. naval intelligence analyst convicted of spying on the United States for Israel, was released Friday after serving nearly 30 years in federal prison, according to a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a statement reported by The Associated Press, the Israeli prime minister said that “the people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard. After three long and difficult decades, Jonathan has been…

Three killed in Mali hotel hostage-taking

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At least two gunmen attacked a hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako Friday, killing three people and taking an estimated 170 hostage after gunfire rang out, the company in charge of the building and French media said. Security forces had raided the building and freed at least 80 of the hostages, Mali’s interior security minister told Agence France-Presse. At least three hostages had been killed in the initial raid, which started shortly…

How Ted Cruz is locking up the evangelical vote

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DES MOINES — The hearts of many evangelical voters, polls suggest, are with Ben Carson. But increasingly, their leaders’ heads are with Ted Cruz. While the Texas senator trails the retired pediatric neurosurgeon by double digits in national surveys, prominent evangelical leaders and political operatives who work with the Christian conservative movement say it’s the well-funded Cruz who has made the bigger organizational effort with politically active church goers. He’s…

NY Walmart fires man who redeemed $5.10 of cans from parking lot

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Thomas Smith worked at an upstate New York Walmart, gathering shopping carts from the parking lot. He would often find discarded bottles and cans in the lot and one day decided to collect and redeem them. It was that decision that ultimately got him fired. Since Smith’s story was published in the Times Union, support has poured in for him, with some writing letters to Walmart or suggesting a protest of…

Princeton students call for removal of Woodrow Wilson’s name from campus

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Students at Princeton University protested Wednesday and demanded that the university’s president remove former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson’s name from buildings and programs at the university, pointing to his history of racism. “Having to walk by buildings that (have Wilson’s name), having to walk by his mural, having to live in residential colleges that didn’t want our presence on campus, that’s marginalizing,” Asanni York, a black junior who is majoring…