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SEDILO, Sarndinia - The apartment where the architect Roberto Virdis and his family live is as modern as this commune of roughly 2,500 people is historic. "This is a legacy from my father, but it is now our property," Mr. Virdis, 44, said of the minimalist, white concrete-block building constructed in the 1980s. It stands in Sedilo, a town in the middle of Sardinia that still has the remains of many ancient stone houses. The community is also known throughout the island for its annual horse race, which commemorates a battle victory by the Emperor Constantine in A.D. 312.   more...
 
 
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LONDON - London is on the rise. Almost 250 buildings of 20 or more stories are being built or planned for the city and its suburbs in the next few years. About 150 of those structures are to be residential, including the Newfoundland tower in Canary Wharf that, at 58 stories, would become the second-tallest building in the city after the 72-story Shard. The high-rises are hailed by some as the only solution to the city's chronic housing shortage, and as the result of overseas investment that has flowed into the capital since the global downturn of 2008, most of it attached to high-rise projects.   more...
 
 
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A recent post on Pinterest highlights the image of a lanky young woman celebrating the Burning Man festival dressed in a spangled bandeau top and shorts. Her zany striped hose are yanked up past her knees; a collection of hand-tooled silver bracelets snakes up both arms, and the turbanlike affair coiled around her head is fringed in a mass of cornrow braids. Vera M., who posted that image, accompanies it with a playfully brazen fashion tip. "Take LSD," she urges, "then get dressed while tripping. put everything you bought on. every bracelet, every accessory. layer and layer it.   more...
 
 
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A former New York City police officer accused of playing a major role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration pleaded guilty on Wednesday and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. Prosecutors said that the former officer, Joseph Esposito, was one of four people who concocted a scheme that bilked the federal government out of more than $27 million. The group allegedly helped scores of police officers, firefighters and other city workers obtain disability benefits by feigning mental illnesses, in some cases by falsely claiming they had been psychologically scarred by the terrorist attacks on the city on Sept.   more...
 
 
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A heroin crisis gripping communities across the country deepened in New York last year, with more people in the city dying in overdoses from the drug than in any year since 2003. In all, 420 people fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade in both absolute numbers and as a population-adjusted rate, according to preliminary year-end data from the city's health department. The death toll from heroin has more than doubled over the last three years, presenting a growing challenge to city officials who have so far been unable to reverse the rise.   more...
 
 
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After deciding on Wednesday to write about why men at the United States Open play best-of-five-set matches while women here and at other Grand Slam events play best of three, I ran to see the end of the match between Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Feliciano López of Spain. The two were just starting their fifth set. I arrived in time to see Dodig lying on the court. After more than two and a half hours in the merciless, 90-plus-degree heat, he needed a break because he was cramping. A few minutes later, he pulled out of the match.   more...
 
 
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BERKELEY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday nominated a former St. Louis police chief to become the state's top law enforcement official - and the only African-American in his cabinet - in the wake of racially charged unrest in nearby Ferguson. The nomination of Daniel Isom II to become the director of the state's Department of Public Safety came the same day that a police command center in Ferguson was dismantled and the National Guard completed its withdrawal.   more...
 
 
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LOS ANGELES - Nine Mexican immigrants who agreed to be deported from the United States during the last five years will be allowed to return to fight their expulsions under an agreement announced Wednesday that could also include other Mexicans who consented to leave. In a lawsuit against the federal government brought last year, the American Civil Liberties Union argued that enforcement agents had coerced the nine into accepting a type of removal known as voluntary return, by failing to advise them of their rights or warn them of the consequences.   more...
 
 
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The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the mysterious closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last September has subpoenaed a cellphone carrier in an effort to uncover text messages exchanged by Gov. Chris Christie and a top aide as the governor's administration sought to contain the fallout from the ensuing scandal. The aide, Regina Egea, told the panel last month that she texted the governor in December after a legislative hearing at which employees of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, first rebutted the administration's assertion that the lanes had been closed as part of a traffic study.   more...
 
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