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Return to Newtown, 4 years later

sandy-hook-school-new-2.jpg is one way Newtown families remember the 20 children and 6 educators murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. More than a million teachers and students have been trained on preventing gun violence by Sandy Hook Promise. And it’s had even more reach online. The new Sandy Hook Elementary …

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Does torture get good intel? Ex-Gitmo detainee says, "No"


Mohamedou Slahi was set free by the United States and sent to his home country of Mauritania last October after 14 years as prisoner 760 in Guantanamo Bay.  Improbably, while fighting for his own release, he taught himself English, wrote a bestselling book about his life in American custody, and …

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How Chinese artist became enemy of the state


Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous political dissident; a provocateur and a troublemaker whose clashes with the Chinese government have gotten him harassed by police, thrown in jail and driven out of the country. He’s also one of the most successful contemporary artists in the world; a designer, sculptor, photographer …

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Restoring eyesight with a simple, inexpensive surgery


Eye surgeons Sanduk Ruit and Geoffrey Tabin have restored eyesight to more than 150,000 patients in 24 countries. Four million more have been helped by doctors they’ve trained. The doctors perfected small-incision cataract surgery, which takes just minutes and costs about $20. They founded the Himalayan Cataract Project, one of eight …

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James Comey in 2014: "You cannot trust people in power"


The FBI director is given a 10-year term so they can lead in a way that’s “not influenced by the political winds,” James Comey told 60 Minutes in 2014. Comey also said the founding fathers “divided power among three branches, to set interest against interest” because people in power cannot …

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Trump's immigration crackdown causes some to rethink their vote


Roberto Beristain, who has no criminal record, was deported after illegally coming to the U.S. nearly 20 years ago. His wife and children are U.S. citizens. The number of people caught trying to cross the Southern border has dropped 60 percent in the first three months of President Trump’s administration. …

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Ex-hedge fund manager founds school in Somaliland


The mission of Abaarso School of Science and Technology is to produce the future leaders of Somaliland. Almost 90 percent of Abaarso’s first graduating class got accepted to international colleges, including in the U.S. If President Trump’s travel ban goes into effect, the next group of Abaarso students headed for American universities …

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Judge Alex Kozinski’s advice for President Trump


Judge Kozinski warns that when any litigant, including Trump, insults a judge it only highlights the weakness of their position. In weighing the travel ban, Judge Kozinski says fellow judges should not hold elected officials like President Trump hostage to what they said while campaigning. Capital punishment should be by …

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Democratic Party's model is "failing," Sanders says


WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party’s model is “failing,” and if voter turnout doesn’t grow “there is no future forward for the Democratic Party,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont. “Well, I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the Democratic Party today is that the model of the …

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In Alaska, budget cuts threaten the fight against climate change


The 47th Earth Day on Saturday was marked by hundreds of rallies around the world to support the sciences and defend climate research that the White House is threatening to no longer fund.  Alaska may be ground zero for these cuts, despite environmental changes that have scientists deeply concerned. Jeremy Mathis, …

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