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Dispatch From A Former Venezuelan Political Prisoner

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Pressure Escalates On Maduro, As Venezuela Slides Further Into Turmoil

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Palestinian Saed Karzoun, 31, is a motivational speaker who preaches positive thinking in the West Bank. He acknowledges it's a hard sell, with many Palestinians saying they are depressed about the present and pessimistic about the future.

A Palestinian Preaches Positive Thinking To A Tough Crowd: His Own People

Saed Karzoun read self-help books like Think and Grow Rich. He carefully studied the YouTube videos of motivational speakers like Les Brown.

All of it helped Karzoun style himself as a motivational speaker hoping to inspire his fellow Palestinians.

There isn't much optimism in the Palestinian territories these days. Unemployment is high. Morale is low. The peace process is frozen. Foreign aid to the Palestinians has dropped drastically in recent years. An independent Palestinian state is nowhere on the horizon.

The Pentagon is seeking millions of dollars from nearly 10,000 current or former soldiers in the California National Guard, saying they didn't deserve reenlistment bonuses. Here, soldiers from the state's Guard force are seen in 2010, resting during transport in northeastern Afghanistan.

U.S. Soldiers Told To Repay Thousands In Signing Bonuses From Height Of War Effort

In most cases, when an employer pays a signing bonus to attract new workers, that payment is understood to be essentially unrecoverable. But the Pentagon has a different understanding — and it's ordering the California National Guard to claw back thousands of dollars paid to soldiers who reenlisted to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tour Bus Crashes Into Truck, Killing More Than A Dozen People In California

A tour bus and tractor-trailer collided outside of Palm Springs, Calif., early on Sunday morning, injuring dozens of people and killing at least 13 passengers.

At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, the chief of the local California Highway Patrol division said the bus collided into the back of the truck so forcefully that it traveled some 15 feet into the truck's trailer.

Election cake, as made by OWL Bakery in Asheville, N.C.

A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again" is an easy one to adapt for whatever your cause. There are ones like "Make America Gay Again," "Make America Skate Again," "Make America Read Again," "Make America Fair Again." You get the idea.

Bakers, of course, had to get in on the action. How could you pass up "Make America Cake Again"?

The Cygnus resupply craft slowly approaches the International Space Station — and its waiting robotic arm, the Canadarm2 — Sunday morning.

Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

Astronauts used the International Space Station's robotic arm to grapple the Cygnus cargo spacecraft early Sunday morning, starting the process of bringing more than 5,100 pounds of supplies and research equipment aboard. The cargo's experiments include one thing astronauts normally avoid: fire.

"The new experiments include studies on fire in space, the effect of lighting on sleep and daily rhythms, collection of health-related data, and a new way to measure neutrons," NASA says.

Moshe the cat lives in an old Washington, D.C., house with his owner, Cassandra Slack.

Strange Sounds, Burial Grounds And The Case Of The Twisted Dreamcatcher

Moshe the cat lives in an old brick house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. His owner, Cassandra Slack, moved in a little more than a year ago.

The first floor feels open and airy. Large windows bring a flood of light inside, making the original hardwood floors shine.

But downstairs, in the basement where Slack lives, the atmosphere is different. The floor is carpeted, the lights are dim, and the ceiling is low.

Slack had an eerie experience down here when she first moved in.

Monthly Song Project Gives The Raveonettes Freedom Of 'A Blank Slate'

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Small Business Owners Face Pressures Of Minimum Wage Bumps In Big Cities

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