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Robert Guzman found out about New York's 'tenant blacklist' after he was rejected multiple times by landlords, despite a strong credit score.

Tenant Blacklist Can Haunt New York Renters For Years

Back in 2009, Robert Guzman lived in the Bronx with his wife and young son. He had a good job in advertising and paid his rent on time — until he made a discovery.

"There were rats coming up from the basement — I lived on the first floor," he says. "They were like, giant rats."

Guzman repeatedly asked the building management to address the problem, but that didn't work. So he decided to withhold his rent. He wasn't "just being a deadbeat renter," Guzman says. "I'm withholding the rent for a reason."

Uber's Traffic Jammed In Netherlands, India And Spain

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Protesters Of Police Violence Divided By Generation

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Two Views Of The CIA's 'Enhanced' Interrogations

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The border closing has cost many people their jobs. A group of now-unemployed men still gather at the border each day to play whist.

Gritty Ganta: The Liberian Town That Can't Catch A Break

Ganta is the Liberian city that never sleeps. That's what local businessman Prince Haward says of the town of 40,000, one of the country's largest cities and a crossroads for travelers in the southeastern region: "Ganta is a non-sleeping city ... a business-oriented city."

A goat peaks its head through a wall in Dakar, Senegal.

How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

Goats are having a moment, and we're not just saying that because our blog is called Goats and Soda.

There are nearly 900 million goats in the world today, up from 600 million in 1990. The reason for this goat spurt is the growing popularity of goat cheese, goat milk and goat meat.

Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the winner of this year's Heisman Trophy by a landslide. It's the first win for the Ducks.

The Associated Press reports:

"A pinpoint passer with wide-receiver speed, Mariota came into his junior the season as the favorite to win the Heisman and delivered a performance that turned the presentation ceremony into a foregone conclusion.

France's Serge Lazarevic, left, hugs French President Francois Hollande after arriving in France on Wednesday following his release.

Mali: 4 Al-Qaida Linked Militants Swapped For French Hostage

Mali says it freed four militants with links to al-Qaida in exchange for securing the release earlier this week of French hostage Serge Lazarevic.

The home page of the Dallas Morning News on Dec. 6, 2014 showed a protester wearing a Delta Sigma Theta shirt. Soon after, some black sororities banned members from wearing their logos at protests.

Black Fraternities And Sororities Split On Protest Policy

Thousands of Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. Saturday for the 'Justice for All' rally. The demonstration was to protest the police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, as well as decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner on Staten Island, N.Y.

Miss Philippines, Megan Young, sends a kiss to the audience after winning the Miss World title in last year's competition. She's helped raise money for typhoon victims in her homeland.

A Reason To Respect The Miss World Pageant

Their smiles may captivate the audience, but beauty alone won't be enough to win the crown at this year's Miss World competition in London on Sunday.

"Beauty with a Purpose" is what the Miss World organizers say is at the heart of the competition. That's the portion of the contest in which each contestant is judged on the impact she makes working with nonprofits, or starting her own, in the poorer parts of the world.