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Outsized risks face Peru's expendable cocaine couriers

Outsized risks face Peru's expendable cocaine couriers

HUANTA, Peru (AP) — He slides two T-shirts, shorts, canned tuna, toasted corn and boiled potatoes into the rucksack atop 11 pounds of semi-refined cocaine. In a side pocket, a .38-caliber Chinese pistol.
Mardonio Borda is a 19-year-old native Quechua with broken Spanish and a sixth-grade education. But he has at least $125, ... (full story)


Sea rise threatens Florida coast, but no statewide plan

Sea rise threatens Florida coast, but no statewide plan

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — America's oldest city is slowly drowning.
St. Augustine's centuries-old Spanish fortress and other national landmarks sit feet from the encroaching Atlantic, whose waters already flood the city's narrow, brick-paved streets about 10 times a year — a problem worsening as sea levels rise. The ... (full story)


Bill Clinton's lucrative speeches got fast approval at State

Bill Clinton's lucrative speeches got fast approval at State

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department officials gave speedy and sometimes only cursory consideration to potential conflicts of interest when approving former President Bill Clinton's lucrative speeches to global companies and foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, an Associated Press inv ... (full story)


Geoduck farming takes off as demand for clams grows in Asia

Geoduck farming takes off as demand for clams grows in Asia

HARSTINE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — John King plunges his arm up to his shoulder into the mudflats of Puget Sound, roots around and soon pulls from the muck the world's largest burrowing clam. The mollusk squirts water from its long obscene-looking neck. King dodges the spray, already using a water hose to loosen sand and harvest th ... (full story)


No NYPD uniform, but big role for plainclothes cops

No NYPD uniform, but big role for plainclothes cops

NEW YORK (AP) — They could be riding with unsuspecting New Yorkers on the subway. Or behind the wheel in a car in midtown Manhattan traffic. Or mingling with revelers at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square.
They are the New York Police Department's plainclothes officers — a legion of law enforcers with a ma ... (full story)