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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.


Low-wage workers march for a better life

They raise their voices in protest on the streets of Kansas City, asking for better pay. Then they often go home to poverty, worrying about their car being repossessed or wondering if they can afford the next meal. To them, making $15 an hour would be a godsend.

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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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