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Before Sentencing, Corrupt Former D.C. Council Member Asks To Travel To Florida

Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown is asking a federal judge to let him take one last vacation before he goes to prison.

Brown pleaded guilty to bribery in June. He admitted that he took $55,000 from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen seeking District of Columbia government contracts.

Prosecutors agreed to recommend a maximum 3-year sentence. Brown will be sentenced on Jan. 16.

Before that, he'd like to take a family trip to Florida between Dec. 25 and Jan. 2. His attorneys made the request in a motion filed Tuesday. They say the government does not oppose the motion.

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Michael Herr, Whose Vietnam War Reporting Became Iconic, Dies At 76

Herr's book Dispatches redefined the genre of war reporting. "I was there to watch," he wrote. "I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you've never heard it."
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Can Arnold Schwarzenegger Persuade China To Eat Less Meat?

Like the U.S., China is battling obesity and climate change. So it's urging citizens to eat less meat — and spreading the word with public service ads featuring Hollywood stars.
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U.K.'s 'History-Changing' EU Vote Reflects Deep Distrust, Concern

After more than 40 years in the political and economic bloc, Britain voted to withdraw from the EU. English novelist Robert Harris and the BBC's Jonny Dymond talk to Rachel Martin and David Greene.
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Shock, Rage And Gallows Humor: A Brexit Backlash On Social Media

Young voters had overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union. Now there's a flood of anger from those who accuse older generations of choosing a future they don't want.

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