Harvard Professor Charged With Hiding Ties and Receiving Payment From Chinese Government

(BOSTON) — A Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure people with knowledge …

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‘We Can Do Better.’ Mississippi Governor Orders Closure of State Prison’s Ward After String of Deaths

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has announced he will close a unit within a troubled state prison that has dealt with a series of violent and deadly incidents in the past month. In his first “State of the State” address Monday, Reeves called for the closure of Unit 29 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman where multiple inmates have died, …

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Mom of 2 Missing Idaho Kids Found in Hawaii With New Husband

(BOISE, Idaho) — Police say the mother of two missing kids has been found in Hawaii along with her new husband, but there’s still no sign of the children in the cross-country investigation that includes several mysterious deaths. Police in Kauai pulled over Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell near a beachside resort on Saturday, later searching them and their car …

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Wienermobile Grilled by Police After Being Pulled Over for Traffic Infraction

(WAUKESHA, Wis.) — Oscar Mayer’s iconic Wienermobile got a grilling from a Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy because the driver of the giant hot dog failed to give enough room to another car on the road with emergency lights. The deputy pulled over the Wienermobile and gave the driver a verbal warning for not following the law, the Waukesha Sheriff’s Office said …

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South African Billionaire Apologizes After Telling President Trump Africa ‘Loves’ Him

South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe apologized for telling U.S. President Donald Trump that Africa loves him, but warned the growing perception that the continent is anti-America may hamper investment. Motsepe’s remarks to Trump at a business dinner during the World Economic Forum in Davos last week sparked a debate among his countrymen who questioned his right to speak on behalf …

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‘Look at the Size of That Thing.’ Colorado Sheriff Department’s Confusing Boulder Description is Ruling Social Media

Language is, in many respects, subjective, and adjectives in particular are always up for interpretation. A “short” haircut can mean something very different to a salongoer and their hairdresser; “simple” instructions for flatpack furniture clearly read differently to many retailers than they do folks tasked with assembling their bookcases or nesting tables. Descriptions of scale can be a challenge, specifically …

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Michigan Priest Handed Jail Sentence On ‘False Imprisonment’ Charge After Bubble-Wrapping Teen Boy

(DETROIT) — A Michigan priest accused of wrapping a teenager in bubble wrap was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail for attempted false imprisonment. The Rev. Brian Stanley appeared in Allegan County court, two months after pleading guilty in a deal with the attorney general’s office. He was initially charged with false imprisonment. Stanley was accused of wrapping a …

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