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Son of Missouri lawmaker brutally beaten in Columbia

Joel Grisamore was beaten unconscious in Columbia and had to undergo facial reconstruction surgery. The 23-year-old senior studying business at the University of Missouri is the son of Rep. Jeff Grisamore, a lawmaker from Lee’s Summit who is leaving office in January after eight years.

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U.S. used contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba

When the U.S. government’s global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba’s communist government, it didn’t turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations – leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.

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