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Ex-CIA Lawyer Says No One Was Misled On Torture, Abuses Were Reported

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Bertha, The Giant Borer That Broke, May Be Sinking Seattle's Downtown

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The Russia pop group Televizor has criticized Russia's involvement in Ukraine. Here, front man Mikhail Borzykin performs at a 2011 show in St. Petersburg. At some concerts he sings, 'Putin is a fascist,' a reference to the Russian president, shown on the screen behind him.

Russian Pop Stars Pay A Price For Speaking Out On Ukraine

The conflict over Russia's role in Ukraine is spilling over into many aspects of Russian life, including its music scene. Some of the country's most popular musicians have taken stands against the annexation of Crimea and Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

And those who oppose Russian involvement have been facing a backlash from the authorities.

The veteran band Televizor is a case in point.

Volunteers with the DC Cannabis Campaign (left and center) talk to a voter about the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana on election day. The measure was approved, but its fate remains uncertain.

D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Is Part Of Debate Over Spending Bill

Negotiations over the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress will consider this week included how to handle Washington, D.C.'s bid to legalize marijuana. Some 65 percent of the federal district's voters approved the move via ballot initiative last month.

Bafana Khumalo (in black jacket) carried his fight for "gender justice" to the White House today. He called on the U.S. to help fund abortions for women in other countries who've been raped.

Why Aren't World Leaders Angrier About Violence Against Women?

On this cold and rainy Tuesday, Bafana Khumalo stood in front of the White House with a controversial demand for President Obama: The U.S. should provide foreign aid to fund abortions for women who've been raped during conflicts and in other circumstances. Currently, the 1973 Helms Amendment, prohibits the use of foreign aid money for abortions as "family planning." About 200 protesters joined Khumalo.

Congress Will Get A $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

Faced with a Thursday deadline to finance the U.S. government, leaders of both parties in Congress have worked out a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government until October 2015. But a vote isn't likely to come before the day of the deadline.

Update at 8:45 p.m. ET: Welcome, Cromnibus: Bill Is Published

The House Committee on Appropriations gives an overview of the newly published bill:

President Obama walks to the podium at his 2008 nominating convention. Lawmakers are inserting into the spending bill a provision allowing political parties to collect up to $97,200 from each donor to pay for their conventions.

In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising

If you're able and eager to write an annual check for roughly $100,000, you might expect to be hearing soon from the Republican and Democratic national committees.

In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

In Europe, the ugly ducklings of the produce aisle are increasingly admired for their inner swans.

Call it the return of unsightly fruit.

Retailers (at least in Europe and the U.S.) by default now cater to the perfectionist shopper who prefers only the plump, round tomato or the unblemished apple to grace the fruit bowl. But many fruits and vegetables, while edible and nutritious, don't measure up.

The 1962 Nobel Prize Medal in Medicine or Physiology that James Watson sold at auction last week will be returned to him, at the buyer's request.

After $4.75 Million Auction, Watson Will Get Nobel Medal Back

It was the first time a living Nobel Prize recipient had ever sold his medal. And now scientist James Watson, 86, will hang on to the medal he won for his work on DNA, after a Russian billionaire who bought the medal for $4.75 million at auction says he wants Watson to keep it.

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