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Starving girl who became symbol of Yemen crisis dies

November 2, 2018 |

Amal Hussein, a 7-year-old Yemeni girl whose photograph in the New York Times became a symbol of the country’s long-running conflict has died, Yemen’s Houthi-held Health Ministry has confirmed. – RSS Channel – World

After Shooting a Goat, She Became the Target

October 26, 2018 |

It’s a predictable cycle: A hunter posts a photo of themselves beaming over the carcass of a fresh kill only to become the target of international condemnation (like this , this , and this , to recall a few). This time, the ire-inducing image shows American Larysa Switlyk, host of Larysa Unleashed on…

Marijuana Became Fully Legal in Canada at Midnight

October 17, 2018 |

A dream came true at midnight for Newfoundland man Ian Power: He became the first person to legally buy marijuana in Canada for recreational use. Power was the first in line at a new store in the country’s easternmost province—and earliest time zone—when recreational marijuana officially became legal,…

How a Trump decision on trade became a setback for democracy in Vietnam

October 13, 2018 |

It was one of President Trump’s very first acts: to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping 12-nation trade agreement that had been the centerpiece of President Obama’s strategic “rebalance” toward Asia.

Trump had alleged that such deals hurt American manufacturing, and on Jan. 23,…

L.A. Times – Business

How a reluctant artist became a Westside design force

October 7, 2018 |

Kim Gordon is an artist and founder of Kim Gordon Designs, a Venice-based design and development firm specializing in custom homes tailored for open, functional living. In a sea of new development projects, Gordon has carved out a following for her stylish touch, which emphasizes spaciousness and…

L.A. Times – Business

Sen. John McCain, the War Hero Who Became a Political Titan, Dies at 81

August 26, 2018 |

Sen. John McCain, an admiral’s son whose rebellious streak nearly got him expelled from Annapolis but helped him survive North Vietnamese torture and rise to the top of the Republican Party, has died. He was 81. What’s News Asia

Kidnapped to Impersonate Aretha, She Became a Star

July 7, 2018 |

She started as Mary Jane Jones and became Vickie Jones and performed as Aretha Franklin and returned to the life of Mary Jane Jones—with a kidnapping, an arrest, and a spell of stardom in between, the Smithsonian reports. Jones was a standout gospel singer in ramshackle West Petersburg, Virginia,…

How one Chinese businessman became the largest fireworks supplier in the U.S.

July 3, 2018 |

Roughly 70% of all Chinese fireworks entering the United States come here under the control of a Chinese businessman who has used his influence to raise prices and block competitors, leaving many U.S. executives fearful of losing access to their most important Fourth of July inventories.

Ding Yan…

L.A. Times – Business

How a Florida Utility Became the Global King of Green Power

June 19, 2018 |

NextEra became a wind and solar Goliath almost entirely under the radar, using tax subsidies to help finance projects around the country. It has avoided debt and the kind of claims of altruistic motives common among some renewable-energy companies. US Business