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Bronx and Havana museums to exchange artworks

Bronx Museum of the ArtsThe Bronx Museum of Art and Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts have launched an art exchange initiative that will include two major exhibitions.

The cooperation began long before the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations. The Bronx Museum calls it the most ambitious art exchange between U.S. and Cuban museums in more than 50 years.

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Deere to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Iowa, Illinois

John DeereDeere will lay off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker continues its adjustment to demand for its products.

The Moline, Illinois, company also said Friday that it is adding 220 jobs at construction and forestry factories in Iowa. It plans to fill nearly all those positions with workers were laid off at agricultural equipment factories last year.

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Texas' open carry cop-watchers tote AK-47s

Cop watching groups in TexasKory Watkins’ police scanner crackled to life. He rushed to a traffic stop in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, sprang from the car and darted toward the flashing police lights and started recording video. Fellow members of his North Texas cop-watch group trailed behind.

Groups that monitor the police have attracted more attention nationwide since white officers killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. But Watkins is an unlikely ally of the movement. He carries his AK-47 assault rifle while on patrol.

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The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science

Smoking potEvolving attitudes about marijuana among the majority of Americans, as well as decriminalization laws starting to sweep the nation, have done little to quell questions about the health effects of longtime use among medical professionals, lawmakers, and people on both sides of an ongoing debate about the plant.

Even with a dearth of research, the general consensus in past decades has been that smoking marijuana regularly poses significant health risks. A new study out of Emory University in Atlanta, however, could challenge what has become the fundamental argument for maintaining the plant’s designation as a Schedule 1 drug.

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Argentine leader convinced Nisman death was no suicide

Nisman deathArgentine leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner says she is convinced the death of top Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was not suicide.

Mr Nisman, 51, was found shot dead in his apartment on Sunday. The prosecutor probing his death said it appeared to be suicide. But in a letter published on Thursday, Ms Fernandez cast doubt on that theory.

Mr Nisman had been investigating the 1994 deadly bombing of a Jewish centre.

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J Street U Takes Sharp Aim at US Jewish Community's 'Hypocrisy' on Israel Occupation

J streetJ Street U will no longer make do with “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace” activities on U.S. campuses and is setting its sights on the American Jewish community as a whole. The student body of the left-wing J Street lobby group intends to act against what it describes as the community’s “hypocrisy” and to galvanize it to speak out against settlements and occupation that “endanger the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”

“The Jewish community was really silent and failed to show support for John Kerry’s peace efforts,” according to Noa Fleischacker, a senior at Ohio’s Oberlin College who is J Street U’s Midwest representative. “We need to put more pressure so that a message is sent on our behalf that the status quo is not sustainable and that the Jewish community does not support occupation.”

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Journalist and activist sentenced to 5 years for FBI threats

Barrett BrownAfter he was arrested more than two and a half years ago, a journalist once known as the unofficial spokesman for Anonymous has been sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement with the hacker collective.

Inside a Dallas federal district courtroom on Thursday, Barrett Brown pleaded guilty to three charges: transmitting threats, accessory to hacking charges, and interfering with the execution of a search warrant. Judge Samuel A. Lindsay also ordered that Mr. Brown pay $890,000 in restitution and serve two years parole.

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Don’t believe the U.S. military when it says it doesn’t keep body counts

dead body count by US militaryEarlier this month, a reporter asked the question that usually comes up when the United States gets involved in a sustained military campaign. Just how many enemy troops — in this case, Islamic State foot soldiers — have U.S. forces killed in more than five months of aerial attacks?

The military’s answer was basically the same given to all similar questions going back more than a decade. Counting the dead is “not the goal,” said Pentagon chief spokesman John Kirby, a Navy admiral.

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Is our galaxy just one giant wormhole?

Do we live in a giant wormhole?Are we living inside a giant wormhole? Maybe, if researchers at the International School for Advanced Studies are to believed.

Scientists at Italy's Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, or SISSA, suggest the Milky Way is simply one big space-time transport system -- a cosmic tunnel across the universe.

The new paper involves researchers from the United States, Italy and India, and incorporates the latest theories and scientific evidence concerning dark matter and the beginning of the universe. Researchers say they're not positing the Milky Way is a wormhole, only that it could be.

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