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Newlywed´s Suicide Exposes Women´s Plight in India

December 16, 2013 2:34 pm

Indian policewoman Preeti Dhaka committed suicide, allegedly provoked by abuse from her husband. Her situation suggests many women are reluctant to ask for help despite India's push to reduce domestic and sexual violence. WSJ's Tripti Lahiri reports. Photo: Courtesy of the Dhaka family.

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Dennis Rodman´s North Korea Trip Plans Continue After Execution

December 16, 2013 2:33 pm

Dennis Rodman will keep his promise to train a North Korea basketball team. This in spite of Kim Jong-Un's recent execution of his own uncle.

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Michael Jordan´s Mansion Is Yours to Buy, If You Can Afford It

December 16, 2013 2:33 pm

Want to live like a basketball Hall of Fame legend? Michael Jordan's Chicago mansion could be yours — if you can afford to bid on the 56,000-square-foot abode. It has a regulation-size basketball court, a "gentlemen's retreat," and full wet bar. Mr. Jordan says he doesn't need such a big house now that his three […]

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Famous Poopers Spread Holiday Cheer

December 16, 2013 2:33 pm

In the Spanish region of Catalonia, Christmas tradition has gone to the toilet. Here, the iconic "caganer" or the ''pooper" has been part of the nativity scene since the 17th century, showcasing extreme realism and believed to bring good fortune. But thanks to Marc Alos and his workshop, this Spanish tradition is finding its ways […]

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Michelle Obama Reads ´´Twas the Night Before Christmas´

December 16, 2013 2:33 pm

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to hospitalized children at Children's National Medical Center in Washington on Monday. Accompanied by her two dogs Bo and Sunny, Obama sat next to Santa Claus as she read the Christmas story to a crowd of young patients and their parents. The event has […]

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Body identified as missing Santa Cruz teen

December 16, 2013 2:29 pm

A body found in the water near a Santa Cruz County pier has been identified as 17-year-old Nate Phillips, who was reported missing on Dec. 2, according to the sheriff’s office. The Santa Cruz County coroner’s office determined the identity of the body, and investigators do not believe any foul play was involved in the […]

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Chevron refinery fire report urges tougher state regulation

December 16, 2013 2:21 pm

A federal safety board, in a report on last year’s Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, has urged California to adopt a new, proactive approach to regulating refineries in the state. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in a draft report that its investigators believe the Aug. 6, 2012, explosion and blaze might have been prevented […]

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Judge: NSA phone surveillance program is likely unconstitutional

December 16, 2013 2:05 pm

In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records is likely to violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The program probably isn’t effective in fighting terrorism either, the judge said in a lengthy opinion filled with blistering criticism. U.S. District […]

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Bay Area billionaire to push lawmakers for oil tax

December 16, 2013 1:57 pm

Bay Area billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Monday that he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state. Steyer, a major Democratic donor who also bankrolled last year’s Proposition 39 campaign, said he thinks is it ridiculous that California is the only oil-producing […]

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Nevada´s busing of mental patients to be reviewed

December 16, 2013 1:49 pm

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Monday the creation of a council to examine the state’s mental health system after a new round of claims involving allegations that Nevada bused mentally ill patients out of state, many to the Bay Area. Sandoval, a first-term Republican, established the Behavioral Health and Wellness Council by executive order. It follows […]

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