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Michael Brooks denies assault accusation after submitting resignation to Kansas City Council

Councilman Michael Brooks blamed a “media circus” surrounding an allegation of violence against his council aide. At a news conference, his attorney insisted that the aide, Tonia Titus, only leveled her claims after Brooks told her she would soon be let go from her job. In a brief telephone interview later, Titus discounted Brooks’ account of the incident and said he was lying.

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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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