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Bernie Sanders likens West Baltimore to ‘Third World’ country

Hoping to reach African-American voters nationally in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday toured the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested — and likened the poverty he observed to that of the Third World.

The independent senator, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, walked the streets of Sandtown-Winchester for about 20 minutes, joined by community leaders and a swarm of cameras that mostly blocked his view of boarded rowhomes and crumbling marble steps. A handful of residents joined the spectacle, and occasionally broke out in chants of Gray’s name.

The scene provided dramatic visuals of the economic inequality Sanders has made the center of his campaign, offering a new backdrop from which to argue for a higher minimum wage, tuition-free public college and tougher federal regulations of the nation’s banking sector.

“Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you’re in a wealthy nation,” Sanders told reporters later at the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center in Bolton Hill. “You would think that you were in a Third World country.”

But Sanders’ anti-poverty message was largely overshadowed by his reluctance to discuss the subject on which politicians, the news media and the public have focused in recent days: terrorism and the

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China military paying "close attention" to US plane deployment

BEIJING Dec 9 China’s military is paying “close
attention” to an agreement between the United States and
Singapore to deploy the U.S. P8 Poseidon spy plane to the city
state and hopes the move does not harm regional stability, the
defence ministry said.

“We are paying close attention to how the relevant situation
develops, and hope bilateral defence cooperation between the
relevant countries is beneficial to regional peace and stability
and not the opposite,” the ministry said in a brief statement
late on Tuesday.

The foreign ministry of China, which is at odds with
Washington over the South China Sea, said on Tuesday the move
was aimed at militarising the region.

In a joint statement after a meeting in Washington on
Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Singapore Defence
Minister Ng Eng Hen welcomed the inaugural deployment of the
aircraft in Singapore from Dec. 7 to 14.

A U.S. defence official said further deployments in
Singapore could be expected. The move comes at a time of
heightened tensions in the South China Sea.

China claims almost the entire energy-rich waters, through
which more than $5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year.
The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and

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The North Face Co-Founder Douglas Tompkins Dies in Kayaking Accident in Chile

Douglas Tompkins, a conservationist and co-founder of the outdoor activewear brand The North Face, died Tuesday after suffering from severe hypothermia while kayaking in southern Chile, authorities said. He was 72.

Tompkins, who grew up in Millbrook, New York, had been paddling on General Carrera Lake in the sparsely populated Patagonia region of South America, when the watercraft he was riding in capsized, according to the Chile Health Ministry. He ended up in water that was under about 39 degrees Fahrenheit, local media reported.

Image: Douglas Tompkins

Image: Douglas Tompkins

Tompkins was with five other people when their kayaks overturned. A patrol boat and military helicopter helped to scoop them from the water.

Tompkins was taken Tuesday afternoon to the Coyhaique Regional Hospital in Coyhaique,

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No. 10 Virginia escapes No. 14 West Virginia in Jimmy V Classic

NEW YORK — Breaking down No. 10 Virginia’s 70-54 victory against No. 14 West Virginia at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

IN A NUTSHELL: Virginia appears to be, well, Virginia. Though the Cavaliers may not be as polished as they’ve been this early in the season in recent years, they appear to have the same winning formula down pat. We’ve become so accustomed to the Cavaliers suffocating opponents with their pack-line defense, and scoring just enough to pull away late with a slow, methodical yet efficient offensive attack. Without last year’s star, Justin Anderson, who’s in the NBA, this year’s version of Virginia does have a few more kinks to work out on those fronts — but even so, the advanced stats indicate strong similarities to years’ past. So does the eye test.

West Virginia controlled the game rather easily in the first half, leading the the way with its typically aggressive and gritty

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Cubs sign 2B Ben Zobrist to 4-year deal worth $56M, sources say

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist and traded second baseman Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees to make room for Zobrist at second base, the teams announced Tuesday.

Stats: Zobrist, Castro both provide upgrades at 2B

Stats Info examines two of the key infield dominoes who changed teams Tuesday: Ben Zobrist and Starlin Castro.

  • Mets’ John Ricco on Ben Zobrist decision: ‘€˜I don’€™t think this was about money’

    With Ben Zobrist now off to the Cubs, the Mets will have to find other ways to try to upgrade the middle of their infield.

  • Zobrist’s deal is for four years and $56 million, sources told It includes a full no-trade clause for the first three years.

    Zobrist will receive a $2 million signing bonus up front, then will be paid $10 million in salary during the 2016 season. He will make $16 million, $16 million and $12 million during the final three years of the deal, according to sources.

    The Cubs received pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named later in

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    Warriors hold off Pacers’ late push to stretch streak to 23-0

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Golden State Warriors followed the script perfectly for three quarters Tuesday night. Then things got a bit more interesting.

    The defending NBA champions improved to 23-0, with Klay Thompson scoring a season-high 39 points before leaving with a sprained ankle and Stephen Curry adding 29 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in a 131-123 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

    Thompson scored 29 points in the first half, during which the Warriors went on a 22-0 run. Golden State led by 28 in the fourth quarter before the Pacers closed to within six in the final 25 seconds.

    The Warriors have won 27 straight dating to last season, which ties the 2012-13 Heat for the second-longest streak in NBA history. The 1971-72 Lakers hold the record, with 33 wins in a row. Golden State also has won 13 straight road games this season, which breaks a tie with the 1969-70 Knicks for the league’s best road start. The Warriors next play Friday in Boston.

    Indiana was led by Paul George with 33 points and C.J. Miles with 24.

    Golden State broke away

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    Venezuela’s Opposition Leader To Government: ‘Stop Crying And Start Working’



    The opposition says it has clinched 112 seats in the National Assembly, a coveted two-thirds majority which gives it a strong platform to challenge the broadly unpopular Maduro.

    But the tally on the National Electoral Council’s website, last updated on Monday, shows the opposition won 110 seats and the Socialist Party and allies 55, with two more still to be attributed.

    After what was clearly a mid-term punishment vote, Sunday’s defeat has not prompted a mea culpa from the government or promises of substantial reform, though Maduro is facing heat from dissenting factions within his own coalition, once united in devotion to Chavez.

    A senior government representative who asked not to be named acknowledged that the election result was a clear signal for Maduro, adding that there needs to be profound discussion and change within the government or it will face very serious trouble.

    To be sure, Maduro has said the Socialist Party will hold an “extraordinary congress” and established commissions to “evaluate the situation and emerge with concrete proposals,” suggesting some soul-searching is in store.

    Yet he and his top officials continue to blame an “economic war” for confusing Venezuelans, describe the opposition as a “counter-revolutionary” force, and even warn disenchanted former supporters they will regret their vote.

    Maduro says the opposition is a snooty U.S.-backed elite who would snatch government-provided

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    Chipotle’s Safety Woes Worsen as Scores of Students Fall Ill in Boston

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    Muslims report more bias cases across USA

    Anti-Muslim attacks are on the rise since last week’s massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., and recent comments by presidential candidate Donald Trump could make the situation worse, Muslim and Arab-American leaders said Tuesday.

    The attacks range from a pig’s head thrown at a mosque to a shop owner who was beaten.

    Recent vandalism and threats at mosques represent a spike in anti-Muslim sentiment, said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has asked American Muslims to report incidents of bias.

    “We don’t literally have time to issue a statement on every incident because they’re coming in so fast and furious,” Hooper said. “When the leading Republican presidential candidate can say, ‘Bar all Muslims coming to America’ and know he can get more support for it — it is truly frightening.”

    The Anti-Defamation League has reports of about two dozen anti-Muslim attacks since the  terror attacks Nov. 13 in Paris, ranging from a cabdriver shot in Pittsburgh to vandalism against mosques

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