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Striking live-work loft is 3D optical puzzle inspired by gaming

Created for a novelist and game designer, this open-plan loft is cleverly divided into smaller zones using angular elements, and a multifunctional furniture unit. […]

Pigs saved from slaughter romp and frolic in the countryside (video)

From meat farm to sanctuary, the glee of this mom and her piglets is palpable. […]

A year ago, James Hamblin quit showering. What’s he doing now?

The Atlantic writer challenged the notion that scented means clean. […]

Give penny-pinchers the respect they deserve

When money is cheap and temptation lurks on every street and website, it takes serious determination to pay down debt. […]

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to Plead Guilty in Hush-Money Case

(CHICAGO) — An attorney for Dennis Hastert told a federal judge Thursday that the former House speaker intends to plead guilty in a federal hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct from decades ago. John Gallo said during a brief hearing that he expects to have a written plea agreement by Monday. He asked the judge to set a date for a change of plea. The judge scheduled an Oct. 28 hearing. Gallo did not describe any of the terms, including what counts Hastert would plead guilty to and any possible sentence, including prison time. Defendants typically agree to change a plea to guilty in hopes of a more lenient sentence. A plea deal would also avert a trial and help keep any potentially embarrassing secrets quiet. The 73-year-old Illinois Republican is charged with breaking banking laws and lying to the FBI in efforts to pay someone $3.5 million to hide claims of unspecified past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media, citing anonymous sources, have reported the payments were meant to conceal claims of sexual misconduct. Hastert allegedly structured cash withdrawals in increments of just under $10,000 to avoid financial reporting rules and then lied to the FBI about the reason for the withdrawals. Investigators have said Hastert withdrew about $1.7 million. A plea deal would mean that “Individual A,” who has never been identified, would not have to testify about receiving any of the money. The indictment against Hastert does not detail the underlying misconduct, and both prosecutors and defense attorneys have taken steps to keep the information confidential. Hastert’s lead attorney, Thomas C. Green, has argued that the allegations in the media of past sexual misconduct — which he blamed on government leaks — could undermine Hastert’s right to a fair trial. In July, Green complained that the indictment had “effectively been amended” by leaks and referred to the sexual allegations as “an 800-pound gorilla in this case.” It’s unclear if claims not in the indictment would have had any relevance at a trial, when prosecutors would likely have focused narrowly on mundane aspects of U.S. banking law. But they could have felt pressure to offer at least some details about the misconduct to explain motive to jurors. When Hastert was charged in May, the indictment noted that he had been a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, west of Chicago, suggesting the charges are linked to that history. ___ Associated Press Writer Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report. […]

In defense of salad

Who doesn’t love a great salad? And I’m not talking about nasty iceberg wedges. […]

The World Can Turn the Corner on Climate Change by 2020. Here’s How

Photo credit: OlearysThis was originally posted on EDF Voices. When it comes to climate action, it’s a good thing that smart people keep building scenarios for cleaning up global energy production. Those visions of the future are necessary — but they tend to lack an essential ingredient. One team of researchers recently reviewed 11 such studies, all of them offering plans for “50 to 90 percent reductions in global CO2 emissions by mid-century.” But as the writer David Roberts observed last month in Grist, “most decarbonization scenarios are thought experiments, not practical roadmaps…We need to start thinking in practical terms about how to get the technologies we need ready.” I couldn’t agree more. In fact, for the past, year Environmental Defense Fund has been drawing up a short-term blueprint for climate action, part of new strategic plan that will guide all of our work for the next five years. We came up with a program to accomplish something audacious: stopping once and for all the centuries-long rise in global greenhouse gas emissions and seeing them peak, level off and begin to decline within the next five years. We call it turning the corner toward a stable climate. […]