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Flecks of Blue on Old Teeth Reveal a Medieval Surprise

January 13, 2019 |

They couldn’t figure out the blue. Scientists studying tartar from the teeth of medieval skeletons hoped to learn a thing or two of about diets of the Middle Ages. But when they put the teeth and jaw of one woman under a microscope, they were surprised to see hundreds of…
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Pentagon Makes Surprise Announcement on Syria

January 11, 2019 |

The first US troops have begun to leave Syria. The Pentagon is providing few details, however, except to say the US-led coalition had “begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal.” Coalition spokesman Col. Sean Ryan declined to provide numbers or timetables regarding the approximately 2,000 US troops in the…
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Catholic Church Questions Surprise Congo Vote Results

January 11, 2019 |

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s powerful Catholic Church denounced the official vote tally on Thursday, stepping into a dispute that threatens the possibility of the country’s first democratic transfer of power since independence.
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China’s Currency Proves a Surprise Oasis of Calm

January 10, 2019 |

Despite recent turmoil in financial markets, the Chinese yuan has been surprisingly stable, as trade talks between Beijing and Washington continue and other pressures eased.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Uber Driver Who Shot 8 Makes Surprise Guilty Plea

January 8, 2019 |

A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial. Jason Dalton’s surprise move came about three years after the shootings, which occurred over the course of a few…
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Trump Appears at Surprise White House Briefing

January 3, 2019 |

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced a surprise briefing Thursday, giving just five minutes notice before it began, Mediaite reports. President Trump himself opened the briefing after Sanders introduced him, CNN reports. Two New York Times writers noted on Twitter that while the POTUS once “stuck his head…
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Trump Pushes Back After John Kelly’s Surprise Interview

December 31, 2018 |

“To be honest, it’s not a wall.” So said outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly in a surprise weekend interview with the Los Angeles Times that President Trump apparently doesn’t agree with. For context, Kelly said that while Trump still uses the word “wall,” the president will regularly “say ‘barrier’…
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John Kelly Turns Heads With Surprise Exit Interview

December 30, 2018 |

“To be honest, it’s not a wall.” That’s John Kelly in an LA Times exit interview about immigration policy, Afghanistan, the legality of President Trump’s orders—and whether Kelly was allowed to “go get a beer” during his “bone-crushing hard job” as chief of staff. “The president still says ‘wall’—…
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In Mollie Tibbetts Case, a Surprise Move by Her Mother

December 28, 2018 |

A remarkable twist in the story involving the murder of 20-year-old Iowa college student Molly Tibbetts , delivered via Terrence McCoy of the Washington Post . Tibbetts was allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant named Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old who worked as a farm laborer in the rural community of Brooklyn,…
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Trump Visits U.S. Troops in Surprise Trip to Iraq

December 27, 2018 |

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to troops in Iraq Wednesday, marking the president’s first visit to a U.S. military combat zone.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia