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Oregon Republicans petition counties to join Idaho Washington Post

Seven years ago, keen for a more conservative lifestyle, Mike McCarter, a firearms instructor in La Pine, Ore., considered moving to Idaho. But McCarter, 72, diagnosed with stomach cancer, decided not to. Now he’s thinking he might just move Idaho to him. The Republican is a leader of a group called Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho , which thinks Oregon’s government has become too liberal and would prefer to transfer Oregon’s rural ... Full story

Why Trump is letting a corrupt Democrat out of prison Washington Post

“I’ve got this thing, and it’s f---ing golden,” said then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois in 2008, referring to his ability to fill the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama. “And I’m just not giving it up for f---ing nothing.”. We know this because Blagojevich’s phone was being tapped by the FBI; his efforts to get personal benefit in exchange for that Senate seat made up some of the multiple counts of bribery and extortion that ... Full story

Why Trump can’t stop talking about Obama Washington Post

One thing you can say for President Trump is that he never makes you wonder what he’s feeling. And nothing makes him break out in a cold sweat quite like the thought of Barack Obama, who has been an obsession for Trump since the moment he took office. Has there ever been a president who talked so much about the man who preceded him? If you don’t recall Bill Clinton saying “George Bush couldn’t do this, but I did” in reference to every bill he ... Full story

Utah Senate votes to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The Utah state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, approving a bill that would reduce the penalty for plural marriage from a felony to an infraction on par with a traffic ticket. The Republican-sponsored bill easing laws on polygamy, a practice with deep religious roots in the predominantly Mormon Western state, now moves to the Utah House of Representatives, where it ... Full story

Kenya plastic bag ban: Three fruit sellers arrested in Nairobi

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Kenya's drastic plastic bag ban. Social media users in Kenya have come out in support of three vendors who were arrested for using plastic bags. The men were selling plums, passion fruit and sugar cane in the capital Nairobi when they were detained and were due to appear in court on Tuesday, authorities said. Kenya's plastic bag ban came into effect in 2017 and has some of the harshest ... Full story

A wholesome US institution poisoned by predators

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) - one of the largest youth organisations in the US - has filed for bankruptcy amid an avalanche of sexual abuse allegations. The century-old group became as American as the Norman Rockwell paintings that immortalise their three-fingered salutes. But its considerable membership - 2.4 million youth participants - is about half what it was in the 1970s, a decline that tracks mounting scrutiny surrounding the Scouts. ... Full story

Cocoa Nib Sablés With Flaky Sea Salt Recipe

Cocoa Nib Sablés With Flaky Sea Salt Recipe - NYT Cooking - - - - - - - - - - - - MARCELLA HAZAN’S TOMATO SAUCE 1 hour CHOCOLATE WHISKEY CAKE 1 hour 25 minutes MANGO PIE. 50 minutes, plus 5 hours’ chilling. VEGAN MUSHROOM ÉTOUFFÉE. About 45 minutes. CRISPY PARMESAN ROAST CHICKEN WITH LEMON. 1 1/4 hours, plus marinating. KRINGLE. 2 hours, plus at least 5 hours’ chilling. MAPLE-ROASTED TOFU WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND BACON. 1 hour. ROASTED VEGAN ... Full story

Stitching together fragments of a child’s life

Media player Video. When Jaxon Elliott-Sprysa died aged 15, his mother gave some of his personal belongings to an initiative that makes memory quilts. The scheme by a hospice in Ottawa, Canada, aims to memorialise the life of a loved one in a deeply personal way. Video by Dan Lytwyn Go to next video: Creating quilts for children in care. MOST WATCHED. Why you can trust BBC News Full story

British Army officer becomes first woman to pass brutal Para course

Image caption Capt Rosie Wild was given the coveted maroon beret for passing the course. A British Army officer has become the first woman to pass a gruelling Parachute Regiment entry test. Capt Rosie Wild, 28, was described as a "trailblazer" after passing the P Company course - which many men fail. Several women have attempted P Company, also known as the All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection (AAPPS), since they were first able to apply in the ... Full story

Fatima's femicide death outrages Mexico, puts pressure on AMLO

MEXICO CITY — The country was already in the midst of a crisis of femicides . Then a 7-year-old girl was found dead, her body mutilated. Fátima Cecilia Aldrighett Antón disappeared Feb. 11 in the Mexico City neighborhood of Xochimilco, where she was waiting to be picked up from school. Four days later, her body was found naked in a plastic bag. Fátima’s killing is the latest in a string of brutal crimes against girls and women stirring enormous ... Full story