Dakar Rally 2015

Dakar Rally 2015

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The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid organized by the Amaury Sport Organization. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America. It has been held in South America each year since 2009.
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From the archives: Crownsville State Hospital

From the archives: Crownsville State Hospital

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Crownsville Hospital Center was founded in 1911 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane, a place to house African-American psychiatric patients separately from white patients in the other state hospitals.The first patients helped build the hospital’s first buildings on land that previously was a farm. Some patients weren’t even mentally ill, and scores who died at the hospital were buried in anonymous graves.

At one time, 30 percent of the patients died at the hospital, now a group of buildings boarded up and crumbling on Generals Highway.

The hospital eventually was integrated and became a modern mental health facility before it was closed in 2004 because of a declining patient population. Since then, the campus sat largely vacant.

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140-year-old prison in Pennsylvania catches fire, twice

140-year-old prison in Pennsylvania catches fire, twice

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SUNBURY, Pa. — Firefighters were back at a nearly 140-year-old central Pennsylvania prison Thursday morning after a blaze that prompted the evacuation of more than 200 inmates reignited.

Flames were seen around 6 a.m. Thursday shooting up the stone walls of a tower at the Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury, a city of 10,000 about 40 miles north of Harrisburg.

Thick smoke could be seen billowing from the roof of the stone building with castle-like parapets, which was built in the late 1800s and sits a few blocks from the banks of the Susquehanna River.

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Covering cancer scars with ink

Covering cancer scars with ink

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WEST ALLIS, WIS. — For women who have survived breast cancer, breast or nipple reconstruction can be a first step toward looking like their old selves. A Colorado organization is helping some of those women, and others who don’t choose reconstruction, in their emotional healing — through tattoos to help conceal their scars.

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On patrol in Paris after attack

On patrol in Paris after attack

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Hailing the gunmen who carried out last week’s attack on a French satirical magazine as “heroes of Islam,” a senior commander of Yemen’s branch of Al Qaeda declared Wednesday in an online video that the group had organized and financed the deadly strike.

France announced an unprecedented deployment of thousands of troops and police to bolster security at “sensitive” sites including Jewish schools on January 12, a day after marches gathering nearly four million people countrywide.

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