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Rod Blagojevich Trying To Sell Presidential Commutation To Cellmate For $2.8 Million

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Vladislav Surkov: Putin dismisses secretive adviser News

Image caption Surkov, left, was a close adviser to the president. Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed one of his closest advisers, Vladislav Surkov. The secretive strategist was known as the grey cardinal in Russia due to his perceived influence on the president behind the scenes. He was widely seen as an aide who helped Mr Putin cement his hold on power. Mr Surkov oversaw policy towards Ukraine, but was recently relieved of some of ... Full story

The doctors and lawyers giving advice on TikTok

Media player Video. The BBC meets a fertility doctor, a psychiatrist and an immigration lawyer in the US who are all using the app to help combat misinformation in their fields. Video by Shrai Popat Go to next video: What is TikTok? MOST WATCHED. Why you can trust BBC News Full story

Why did Trump just pardon a former owner of the 49ers? In part because he wants to win Ohio.

When my family moved to Howland, Ohio, when I was a freshman in high school, I quickly learned that while the region in northeastern Ohio was formally Cleveland Browns territory, there was a big, loud San Francisco 49ers subculture. The reason for this was twofold. In part, it was a function of how good the Niners were at the time. In larger part, though, it was a function of the team’s owner: Edward DeBartolo Jr. Howland is a bit east of the ... Full story

Danish clerk gets six years' prison for stealing $17 million meant for the poor

FILE PHOTO: Britta Nielsen, a Danish woman accused of embezzling 117 million crowns ($17 million) of Danish government funds, looks on during her appearance at Randburg Magistrates Court, South Africa, November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo. COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish court sentenced a former public employee on Tuesday to 6-1/2 years in prison for embezzling $17 million in Danish government funds earmarked to support the most ... Full story

Kickstarter union: Staff votes to unionize, a sign of rising labor tensions in tech

The staff at the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter voted to join a labor union Tuesday, part of a rising wave of workforce activism in tech. The staff voted 46 to 37 to join a chapter of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, the company said. “We support and respect this decision, and we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here,” the company’s CEO, Aziz Hasan said in a statement. “Our mission has been ... Full story

Turkish court acquits nine accused of anti-Erdogan protests in surprise verdict

ISTANBUL — In a surprise verdict, a Turkish court ruled Tuesday to acquit a group of civil society activists charged with attempting to overthrow the government, after a trial that legal observers said was marred by irregularities and part of a broader effort by the authorities to quash political dissent. The activists, including Osman Kavala , a prominent philanthropist, were accused of instigating the 2013 Gezi Park protests that began as a ... Full story

How you can connect to friends who are depressed

When I lived with severe depression and social anxiety, I found it extremely difficult to talk to strangers. Yet the one conversation that uplifted me more than any other occurred in the dining hall of the mental health wing of a mountain-town hospital. I met a woman who told me that a few days earlier, she’d driven her Jeep Wrangler to the edge of the Grand Canyon. She sat there, revving the engine and thinking about driving over. She ... Full story

IU gets a perfect all-kill with her 'Crash Landing On You' OST track 'I Give You My Heart'

IU has achieved the second perfect all-kill of 2020 after Zico with her 'Crash Landing On You' OST track " I Give You My Heart. ". The romantic ballad track has gained traction along with the drama's growing popularity given the rumors that drama stars Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin are secretly dating. "I Give You My Heart" is ... Full story

Plymouth Rock vandalized with red graffiti ahead of 400th anniversary of Mayflower landing

Residents of historic Plymouth, Mass., awoke on Presidents’ Day to find their town — and its landmark Plymouth Rock — covered in bright red graffiti just months before the community is set to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival. Also tagged by spray paint were the Pilgrim Maiden Statue in Brewster Gardens, a bench monument from National Society Daughters of the American Colonists and art installations, including ... Full story