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Chechens tell of prison beatings and electric shocks in anti-gay purge: ‘They called us animals’

At least once a day, Adam’s captors attached metal clamps to his fingers and toes. One of the men then cranked a handle on a machine to which the clamps were linked with wires, and sent powerful electric shocks through his body. If he managed not to scream, others would join in, beating him with wooden sticks or metal rods.

As they tortured him, the men shouted verbal abuse at him for being gay, and demanded to know the names of other gay men he knew in Chechnya. “Sometimes they were trying to get information from me; other times they were just amusing themselves,” he said, speaking about the ordeal he underwent just a month ago with some difficulty.

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Construction to Start on Golden Gate Bridge Suicide-Prevention Net

San Francisco officials on Thursday marked the start of the construction of the suicide-prevention net under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Officials say the net will be positioned 20 feet below the sidewalk and extend out another 20 feet. Made of seven football fields worth of stainless steel, the structure will curve up slightly at its ends and be suspended 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on both sides of the bridge — invisible to drivers.

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Japan readying for N. Korea emergency

The United States has deployed the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to waters near the Korean Peninsula amid rising military tensions over North Korea. The Japanese government, which has asked the United States to provide advance consultation if it decides to launch military action against North Korea, has ramped up preparations for unexpected situations.

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Study Shows Evidence Female Justices Interrupted Three Times More Than Male Colleagues

A new study, conducted in part by Northwestern Law professor Tonja Jacobi, attempted to discover if female Supreme Court Justices are interrupted more than their male colleagues. According to Jacobi and her team’s findings, the answer seems to be “yes.” Jacobi told CBS News the study found, “Female justices are interrupted about three times as often as male justice.”

Jacobi is the first to admit that the study was made more difficult by the lack of cameras in the Supreme Court, so she had to rely mostly on transcripts that do not always reflect the flow of a conversation.

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Stealth caucus gains ground in Trump White House

In President Trump’s White House, it’s better to not be seen or heard — at least in public.

A cadre of Trump’s top aides from New York City — economic adviser Gary Cohn, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Trump family members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner — appear to be gaining influence even as they’ve kept low profiles in the media.

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Trump’s base turns on him

Donald Trump’s true believers are losing the faith.

As Trump struggles to keep his campaign promises and flirts with political moderation, his most steadfast supporters — from veteran advisers to anti-immigration activists to the volunteers who dropped their jobs to help elect him — are increasingly dismayed by the direction of his presidency.

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Sen. Jeff Flake weathers brutal, 2 1/2-hour Mesa town hall

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake endured a brutal face-to-face confrontation with angry constituents Thursday as liberal voters dominated a standing-room-only audience at a town-hall meeting in downtown Mesa.

Even before he took the stage, the audience chanted “health care for all,” showing their support for former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the health-care-reform law that Flake, R-Ariz., has opposed.

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36 ISIS fighters killed by US ‘mother of all bombs’: Afghan official

The US military on Friday defended its decision to drop its most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in Afghanistan, describing it as a “tactical” move.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, was dropped Thursday night on a network of fortified underground tunnels that ISIS had been using to stage attacks on government forces.

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Kendrick Lamar Criticizes Fox News & Geraldo Rivera On New Album ‘DAMN’

Kendrick Lamar‘s new album DAMN. is finally here. The eagerly-anticipated release came out on iTunes late Thursday night, and fans were blown away with Lamar’s cutting blend of tough lyrics and menacing hip-hop production. As to be expected, the Compton emcee also addressed events that have happened to him since the release of his last official album, To Pimp a Butterfly— namely, the criticisms thrown at him by Fox News and TV personality Geraldo Rivera over the song “Alright.”

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Decorated Navy SEAL moonlighting as a porn star

Navy Chief Special Warfare Officer Joseph John Schmidt III has been living dual lives.

As a member of the Navy SEALs, the 42-year-old boasts a chest of ribbons and medals during his 23 years in the military, including a valor citation for combat overseas. To his East County neighbors and Coronado shipmates, he’s been the married father who has given pep talks to special-needs children in Los Angeles and toured the country recruiting for the elite Naval Special Warfare teams, even serving as the face of the SEAL program on its website.

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Getting ready: Pentagon to protect electric grid from massive attack

Amid warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber attack or atmospheric nuclear blast, the Pentagon is taking steps to both protect the nation’s communications and power lifeline.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has charged BAE Systems to map a system that can detect a cyber attack and gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried, according to Defense Systems, the online newsletter.

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