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Artifacts from 1708 Spanish shipwreck are Colombian heritage: president

The 307-year-old remains of a sunken Spanish galleon found off Colombia’s Caribbean coast are the heritage of Colombians, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday, after Spanish officials expressed interest in the artifacts. The San Jose galleon, thought by historians to be laden with emeralds and precious coins, sank in 1708. It was discovered at the end of November by a team of international experts near the island of Baru. Since the discovery, Spanish authorities have said they want to explore their rights to the ship’s remains in negotiations with ...

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Denver's 'tough love' therapy aims to turn lives around

Paul Thompson started sniffing glue at 10 years old. It seemed harmless enough at first but it was the first step on a road to addiction and crime.  At 17 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a court in Boulder, Colorado for armed robbery. After his release he spent further stints in prison for parole violations, Thompson says. Shunned by family and friends, Thompson says he had no one to call. That’s when, in 1989, the “tough love” of Peer 1 in Denver, Colorado, came in. He ...

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No spoilers! New 'Star Wars' plot cloaked in unprecedented secrecy

When actress Lupita Nyong’o showed up on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” many of her co-stars did not know what role she was playing. Newcomer Daisy Ridley was sworn to secrecy for three months that she had even been cast in the film. And with a week to go before the world premiere on Dec. 14, some of the actors have not yet seen “The Force Awakens.” “I was in scenes in which some of the characters I was working with did not know who I was,” ...

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Philadelphia prosecutors offer college classes instead of trial

Philadelphia prosecutors on Monday announced a pilot program that gives people charged with nonviolent felonies a chance to attend college classes as an alternative to going to trial. The program, titled “Future Forward,” is the first in the United States to offer college credit as part of pretrial diversion, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams said. “We all know that crime goes up when people can’t gain access to the classroom, so we’re going to break that cycle,” he said in a statement. Eligible defendants must be at least 24 ...

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Santas ski and snowboard for charity

Some 150 skiers and snowboarders donned Santa costumes and hit the slopes in Maine on Sunday to raise money for charity. The Santas received lift tickets in return for a $ 15 donation to the Sunday River Community Fund, which supports organizations around the Newry, Maine, community. In all, they raised $ 3,014 for the fund. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Reuters: Lifestyle

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Discretion pays for Vietnam casino raking in wealthy Chinese

A small beachfront Vietnamese casino is giving Macau’s VIP gambling scene a run for its money, drawing in more wealthy Chinese through its columned facade than many Southeast Asian rivals with the allure of sun, sand and discretion. Few outside Danang have heard of the Crown International Games Club, a privately owned casino located along this rapidly developing city’s main resort strip and which over the past year has emerged as the most exciting place for wealthy Chinese to drop bets worth at least HK$ 1 million ($ 129,030). The ...

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Watt or Fleming? RBS seeks Scottish scientist for plastic banknote

A sign is displayed outside of a branch of The Royal Bank of Scotland in central London, Britain May 20, 2015. Reuters/Neil Hall James Watt or Alexander Graham Bell? Royal Bank of Scotland is asking the public to choose a Scottish scientist or other innovator to feature on its first plastic 10 pound note. Edinburgh-based RBS said on Monday nominees must be historical figures who are Scottish or have made a significant contribution to Scotland in the field of science and innovation. All suggestions must be made by Dec. 20 ...

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Discretion pays for Vietnam casino raking in wealthy Chinese

A small beachfront Vietnamese casino is giving Macau’s VIP gambling scene a run for its money, drawing in more wealthy Chinese through its columned facade than many Southeast Asian rivals with the allure of sun, sand and discretion. Few outside Danang have heard of the Crown International Games Club, a privately owned casino located along this rapidly developing city’s main resort strip and which over the past year has emerged as the most exciting place for wealthy Chinese to drop bets worth at least HK$ 1 million ($ 129,030). The ...

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Soccer schools and boardroom deals: China's play for World Cup glory

Wang Shijie, 11, is a rising star among the nearly 3,000 students at Guangzhou Evergrande’s huge soccer academy in south China. He wants to join the national team and help achieve President Xi Jinping’s dream of winning the World Cup. In schools like this around the country, China is training an army of young players it hopes will help the nation shake off its lowly place in the world’s football ladder: 84th out of 209 countries, just above Qatar and below teams like Jordan, Montenegro and Gabon. “When I join ...

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Spanish maker of Princess Charlotte dress inundated with orders

A family-run children’s clothes shop in Spain has been inundated with orders from around the world for dresses identical to the one worn by Britain’s Princess Charlotte in the latest official photos – but has enough cloth to make only 20 of them. Six-month-old Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth’s newest great-grandchild, was pictured wearing the pink smocked dress with ruffled neck in photos taken by her mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and released last Sunday. “The biggest advertising agency in the world couldn’t get this response, it’s incredible,” said Margarita Pato, who ...

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