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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Food, dining & restaurants, Politics, Travel, Nightlife, clubbing

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Intel report: North Korea deployed 'terror teams' to attack U.S.

North Korea sent covert commando teams to infiltrate the United States to carry out possible terrorist attacks against major cities and nuclear power plants, a declassified US intelligence report has revealed.

FBI: North Korea behind Sony hack

Washington - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of the computer hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that led the company to cancel the release of the film "The Interview."

Citing health concerns, New York state bans fracking

Albany - New York state's environmental commissioner announced on Wednesday that he will ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, due to health concerns associated with the controversial fossil fuel extraction technique.

Black teen George Stinney exonerated 70 years after execution

Alcolu - A South Carolina judge on Wednesday vacated the 1944 murder conviction of the youngest American executed during modern times, a black teen wrongfully electrocuted for the deaths of two white girls.

You can now legally import Cuban cigars, rum

American cigar and rum aficionados cheered Wednesday when President Barack Obama announced an historic rapprochement with communist Cuba that will lead to greatly improved diplomatic, economic and travel relations between the two long-estranged neighbors.

Vegas cops: Christopher Sena, wife, filmed sex with kids, dogs

Las Vegas - A Las Vegas father of four has been arrested along with his wife and ex-wife and accused of sexually abusing at least eight children, including their own, over a 12-year period.

U.S., Cuba to restore relations after Alan Gross, 'Cuban 5' freed

Washington - The United States and Cuba have begun talks to fully normalize diplomatic relations after more than half a century of animosity stoked by a crippling embargo, U.S. support for anti-Cuba terrorism and repeated attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Dick Cheney admits some CIA terror detainees were innocent

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that some of the men and boys detained as terrorism suspects after 9/11 were in fact innocent.

Torture memo author John Yoo admits CIA may have gone too far

John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who authored a series of notorious memos cited by the Bush administration to justify the torture of terrorism detainees, acknowledged on Sunday that the CIA may have broken the law.

11-year-old Alexis Waller steals $10,000, runs up $1,300 cab fare

Bryant - An 11-year-old Arkansas girl stole $10,000 from her grandmother before paying a taxi $1,300 to drive her nearly 900 miles (1,450 km) across the country to meet a boy she'd been chatting with online.

Congress gives sacred Native American land to mining company

San Carlos - Attached to the 2015 defense spending bill approved by the United States Senate on Friday is a provision giving sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company partnered with the government of Iran.

Op-Ed: The enduring 'ticking time bomb' torture myth

In the wake of the public release of the Senate's CIA torture report summary, conservatives and agency operatives have been in full apologist mode.

Richmond, California police chief joins anti-brutality protesters

Richmond - As images and accounts of civil disobedience and violence at Berkeley, California police brutality protests make national headlines, the police chief of a nearby East Bay city is in the news for joining protesters there.

Portland lawyers create free 'Driving While Black' smartphone app

Portland - A pair of Portland attorneys and a software engineer have developed a "Driving While Black" smartphone app offering practical advice for black drivers to help them avoid and survive encounters with police.

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee: Internet is a 'basic human right'

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee believes affordable Internet access should be recognized as a "basic human right."

Phoenix police name officer who killed unarmed Rumain Brisbon Special

Phoenix - Peaceful but passionate anti-police brutality protests continued for the seventh straight night in central Phoenix on Tuesday after police officials there named the white officer who shot and killed Rumain Brisbon, an unarmed black father of four.

Senate CIA torture report details extreme brutality

Washington - The CIA torture report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday revealed extreme abuse and brutality inflicted upon terrorism suspects and innocent detainees in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

U.S. embassies brace for backlash ahead of torture report release

Washington - American diplomatic posts and thousands of US Marines have been placed on heightened alert a day ahead of the release of a long-awaited Senate report detailing CIA torture of terrorism suspects during the Bush administration.

At least 8 civilians killed in botched U.S. Yemen rescue mission

A botched US military mission to rescue an American photojournalist held captive by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen resulted in the deaths of at least 8 civilians, including a 10-year-old boy and a woman.

Police: Gregory Graf killed stepdaughter, had sex with her corpse

Easton - A Pennsylvania man has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting his stepdaughter to death and then filming himself having sex with her corpse.
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