The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 28th, 2018 day edition

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Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner has lost the highest-level government security clearance for sensitive information, NBC News confirmed Tuesday.

Kushner and other White House staffers who had the highest-level interim clearance found out Friday that it would get downgraded, NBC said.

Kushner has not yet gotten cleared for a full clearance amid a prolonged background investigation, yet he worked on sensitive topics and previously saw the highly-classified president's daily brief.

In a statement, a Kushner spokesperson said the the White House's clearance policy will not affect Kushner's work, adding that he did "more than what is expected of him" in the clearance process.

President Donald Trump could have given his son-in-law a full clearance but let chief of staff John Kelly decide.

Scrutiny focused on the clearance process following domestic abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who also had an interim clearance.

Kushner is reportedly one of the key figures in the probe, which is also examining links between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. »

Russia’s Pussy Riot: Two Members of Punk Group Disappear After Protests in Crimea

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The women decided to leave Crimea on Monday evening because they had been detained and harassed by security forces.

Borisova and Sofeyev were allegedly released and on their way back to Moscow when they disappeared en route to the airport.

In 2012, Alekhina was sentenced along with two other members to two years in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after Pussy Riot performed illegally in a cathedral in Moscow. »

A new look at an old dog: Bonn-Oberkassel reconsidered

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The Bonn-Oberkassel dog remains (Upper Pleistocene and 14223 +- 58 years old) have been reported more than 100 years ago.

Recent re-examination revealed the tooth of another older and smaller dog, making this domestic dog burial not only the oldest known, but also the only one with remains of two dogs.

Domestication of dogs during the final Palaeolithic has important implications for understanding pre-Holocene hunter-gatherers. »

Last good person left in America Dolly Parton donates her 100 millionth book

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Between rebuilding Tennessee and making my Spotify playlists so damn good, Dolly Parton has become the unofficial Queen of Good Works.

Today, the country music star heads to Washington to deliver her 100 millionth book donation from her Imagination Library to the Library of Congress.

Founded by Parton, the Imagination Library sends free books to children from birth until their start of school, regardless of their parents' income. »

Lawsuit: Man Claims He Became Ill After Discovering Mouse in Soda

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According to his lawsuit, Ball claims he spat out the soda, the Madison County Record reported.

He said he "took a drink, and immediately became violently ill such that he began to vomit.".

"The contents of said can of Mountain Dew were immediately poured into a Styrofoam cup wherein a dead mouse was found," the lawsuit alleges. »