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Uruguay Takes In Several Guantanamo Bay Prisoners After President Mujica’s Offer

After the second time the outgoing Uruguayan President José Mujica urged President Obama to release the “human beings who [are] suffering an atrocious kidnapping at Guantanamo” and reiterated his offer to take several detainees in, the U.S. government obliged.

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Dana Milbank Says a Lucky Rich Kid From Facebook Destroyed a Liberal Institution

The New Republic is 100 years old, but it may be dead. TNR alum Dana Milbank says Chris Hughes, who bought the magazine at age 28, killed it.

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China Partners With Gay Hookup App to Spread AIDS Awareness

China decriminalized gay sex only in 1997, and stigmas remain, but a doubling of HIV infections among young urbanites has made for some unlikely bedfellows.

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Furry Convention in Chicago-Area Hotel Disrupted by Chlorine Gas Outbreak

It sounds like the plot of a schlocky police procedural TV drama, but on Saturday night, 19 people wound up in the hospital in the suburbs of Chicago after they were sickened by exposure to chlorine gas in an apparently deliberate attack during the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel.

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Preferences for High Masculinity and Femininity May Be Peculiar to Modern Societies

A new survey of 12 populations around the world challenges the commonly held assumption that human beings naturally prefer highly masculine men and highly feminine women.

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CEO Pay Rose at Twice the Rate of Workers

Experts suggest there’s no better time to be a top-level corporate executive as the median income of CEOs of S&P 500 companies reached $10.1 million at the end of 2013.

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Racial Profiling Will Continue at U.S. Borders

New rules curtailing the use of racial profiling won’t apply to border agents, who will still be allowed to consider race and ethnicity when stopping people at airports, international crossings and immigration checkpoints.

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Brooklyn Is America’s Least Affordable Housing Market

Move over Manhattan and San Francisco. The buy-up of real estate by investors and wealthy foreigners has made the New York City borough the most expensive place to rent or buy in America.

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Affordable Care Act Author Says Single-Payer Health Care Would’ve Been Better

Sen. Tom Harkin openly expresses his regrets about Obamacare; Israel seems headed toward early elections in which Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman may become a “major kingpin”; meanwhile, writer Max Blumenthal explains why he was censored when talking about Israel in Germany. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Google Is Replacing the CAPTCHA With Creepy Human-Detecting Algorithms

This is one form of electronic surveillance that is entirely worth it.

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