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Trump Broke Cuba Embargo (Russ)
A Trump company illegally did business in Cuba, according to company executives and others.
Seattle Police Illegally Purchased Social Media Tracking Tool (Klaus)
The Seattle Police Department bought software from a CIA-funded company that allows the social media accounts of ordinary citizens to be tracked.
TV Reporter Who Ran Cannabis Club Faces 24 Years in Prison (Russ)
Here’s a story full of twists.
Poll: Obama Would Not Be Doing Much Better Than Clinton Against Trump (Trevin)
The question was about an Obama third term, which makes the result slightly less troublesome than if he hadn’t yet been elected and broken almost every single campaign promise.
Triumph of Nature in a Russian Forest (Milicent)
This is not a new story, but it may be new to you, and it is well worth seeing. After World War II, rifles, helmets and other Army gear, fell upon young trees. But the trees kept on growing, engulfing these objects, and now act as a living war museum.