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ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales, records show

The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation. The secret account is at the heart of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were swindled out of $24 million.

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Mexico to Trump: We won’t take your unwanted immigrants

Mexico is not happy – actually angry – about President Donald Trump expectation that it would hold U.S. asylum applicants while they fight their cases in U.S. courts. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed Wednesday that Mexico will not accept the Trump’s administration “unilateral” directives and that President Enrique Peña Nieto would make that clear directly to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly when they meet on Thursday.

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Ashton Kutcher testifies on efforts to end human trafficking

Actor Ashton Kutcher testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing about combating modern slavery and human trafficking. Kutcher spoke on behalf of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization he co-founded that builds software to fight human trafficking.
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Ashton Kutcher testifies on efforts to end human trafficking

Uniting States of Marijuana: the country's evolving laws on cannabis 2:29

Uniting States of Marijuana: the country's evolving laws on cannabis

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History of NORAD tracking Santa

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Parade float up in flames because of cigarette thrown out car window