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Adams Ranch, a candidate for protection within the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.  (CARLTON WARD JR. / CarltonWard.com | Special to the Times)

Sugar's decades-long hold over Florida Everglades came with a price

TALLAHASSEE Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles. Disastrous algae blooms foul coastal estuaries. Seagr …

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  1. When driving a semiautonomous car becomes harder than piloting a semiautonomous plane

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    Slip into the cockpit of an airplane today and you might feel a little left out. Much of flying amounts to typing your route into the computer, pushing buttons, twisting knobs and watching the controls move as if they were being operated by invisible hands. Colorful displays show you the status of the airplane's systems …

  2. Is the 'lesser of two evils' an ethical choice for voters?

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    Every election cycle, there are citizens who don't like either of the candidates nominated by the two major political parties.

  3. Perspective: The first company that wanted to 'connect the world' wasn't Google or Facebook

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    CEO Mark Zuckerberg attracted a lot of attention — including from some telecom regulators — with his pronouncement that Facebook would "connect the world" by bringing limited Internet access to the unconnected in countries like India. His plan and others like it generally raise the hackles of government …

    Wireless inventor Guglielmo Marconi wanted a monopoly of the airwaves. However, treaties kept them open.
  4. Warning: Those lottery dreams may endanger your future

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    If you've noticed that colossal lottery winnings are becoming almost common this year, it's no accident. Four of the 10 biggest jackpots in U.S. history have already occurred in 2016, an engineered outcome intended to generate mind-bogglingly big winners.

    Instead of playing Powerball like these gamblers, if you were to invest ticket money in a mutual fund, you might accumulate a nest egg of $150,000.
  5. Perspective: Trump is making America meaner

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    FOREST GROVE, Ore. — All across America, in little towns like this one, Donald Trump is mainstreaming hate.

    A Donald Trump supporter yells outside the Democratic National Convention during its second day in Philadelphia last month. The author worries that in November, after the ballots have been counted and the crowds have gone home, America will a harsher and more fragile society because of Trump’s campaigning today.
  6. The post-truth election? Comparing 2016 to past elections on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

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    We've seen the stories that 2016 will go down as the post-truth or post-fact election. But is that true?

  7. PolitiFact: Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim that Barack Obama 'founded' ISIS

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    Donald Trump has found a ferocious way to describe President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: as the founder and co-founder of ISIS, the terrorist group behind beheadings of Americans and lethal attacks around the world.

    Donald Trump now claims that his ridiculous characterization of Obama’s ISIS role was just sarcasm.
  8. The tools of modern terror: How the AK-47 and the AR-15 evolved into rifles of choice for mass killers

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    Time and again it's the same. A lone gunman or a small group of killers with rifles commits spectacular crimes that seize the attention of the world.

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  9. Trump, the bad, bad businessman

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    The greatest scoop of my journalism career started at a poker table with a tip from an agitated banker.

    Donald Trump stands next to one of his three helicopters in this 1988 photo. Now he mostly licenses his name and avoids the perils of overextended credit that hurt his business in the 1990s.
  10. PolitiFact: Anthony Weiner lacks collateral in claim about Donald Trump's loan sources

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  11. A purge by the big numbers

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    Only rarely in modern history has a leader detained and fired as many perceived adversaries as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has since a failed coup attempt last month. Here is how Erdogan's vast purge would look if Americans were targeted at a similar scale.

  12. What is the #PalletsOfCash debate?

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    WASHINGTON — The summer political season has been suddenly seized by a fierce debate about #PalletsOfCash delivered to Iran on an unmarked cargo plane. How did that happen?

  13. Nervous about nukes again? Here's what you need to know about The Button (there is no button)

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    Let's talk fingers and buttons.

    "He shouldn't have his finger on the button," Hillary Clinton said about Donald Trump.

  14. PolitiFact: What you need to know about Donald Trump, Russia and Ukraine

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    Donald Trump's foreign policy chops were once again mocked recently when he seemed to forget about one of the major geopolitical developments of recent years: Russia's 2014 intervention in Ukraine. Or did he?

  15. Human height may have peaked in the U.S.; should we be worried?

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    Our society puts quite a premium on height: Tall people earn more money, are often perceived as more attractive and get better views at crowded concerts. So new research suggesting that we may have reached peak height feels a bit unsettling.

    At 7-foot-9, Bao Xishun, a former goatherd from Inner Mongolia, is the world’s tallest man. In the United States, men and women are ever so slightly shorter than a generation ago, meaning that, yes, we’ve reached peak height.
  16. Democrats, don't gloat; you'd totally vote for a Trump of the left

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    Republicans have faced an excruciating choice in 2016: Get behind their own party's mortifying nominee or cede the White House to a deeply despised rival.

    Imagine if Democrats had to choose between a competent Republican or a nominee like, from top clockwise, actor Sean Penn, rapper Kanye West or the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, Ben Cohen.
  17. Drinking by numbers

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    BERKELEY, Calif. — At a recent physical, I was surprised by the way the usual questionnaire jolted me with one query in particular: How many drinks do you have a week, on average? There was a time about 10 years ago when I'd have said two a week as a baseline; now it's more like two a day.

  18. PolitiFact: How Trump plans to build, and pay for, a wall along U.S.-Mexico border

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    The boldest promise of Donald Trump's presidential campaign was also one of his first.

    A section of the Mexican border fence seen from the John Slaughter Ranch in Douglas, Ariz., June 9, 2016. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)
  19. From life's tapestry, 247 threads cut short by global terrorism

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    The pace and scope of the killing are dizzying. Some 300 members of families blown apart by bombs as they celebrated the end of Ramadan in Baghdad. Forty-nine dead at the Istanbul airport, 40 more in Afghanistan. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, three students at American universities and one local woman brutalized in the …

    In two weeks, we counted 247 cut down by Islamist extremists in killings in six countries; 151 of the victims — 61 percent — were Muslims, like their killers. (Photos for 77 victims were unavailable.)
  20. When did optimism become uncool?

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    A recent Gallup poll found that only 26 percent of Americans call themselves "satisfied" with "the way things are going" in the United States. It's been this way for a while: January 2004, during the George W. Bush administration, was the last time a majority told Gallup they felt good about the nation's course.