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“We have a great time; we laugh at our dogs; we watch stupid movies; we take long walks; we go for a swim. “You know,” she says, “just ordinary, everyday pleasures.” Regarding the State Department-created separation, he spun: By chance, their paths crossed in Bogota, where they had dinner togetherthen, owing to their massive entourages, returned to their respective hotels. “Love conquers all except logistics,” says an aide. The article contains cringe-inducing lines such as “Theres a weightlessness about Hillary Clinton these days. Shes in midair, launched from the State Department toward what?” Hagan swept aside hints of controversy, declaring: At State, she was the head of a smoothly running 70,000-person institution, and fully her own woman, whose marriage to a former president was, when it was mentioned, purely an asset. And now that shes left State, Clintonworld is being refashioned along new lines, rationalized and harmonized. The New York writer allowed only a hint of negativity when touting the greatness of Bill Clinton: At the same time, Hillary used her tenure at State for a more intimate purpose: to shift the balance of power in the most celebrated political marriage in American history. Bill Clinton was an overwhelming force in Hillarys 2008 campaign, instrumental in vouching for Mark Penn, the strategist whose idea it was for Hillary to cling to her war vote on Iraq and to sell her as an iron-sided insider whose experience outweighed the need to project mere humanity. Bill also freelanced his own negative attacks, some of which backfired. Because his staff was not coordinating with Hillarys, her staff came to regard him as a wild card who couldnt be managed. According to Hagan, Benghazi is nothing more than the latest example of the vast-right-wing conspiracy: Benghazi will be the go-to bludgeon for Republicans if and when Clinton tries using her experience at State to run for president. It is a reminder that Clinton, despite the cool, centrist facade she has developed in the past four years, is only a misstep away from being a target of partisan rage once again. Regardless of the facts, Republicans are liable to use Benghazi as a wedge to pry back her stately exterior, goading her into an outburst, once again revealing the polarizing figure who saw vast right-wing conspiracies and tried ginning up government health care against the political tides of Newt Gingrich. In contrast, Hagan, when he was at the Texas Monthly , dug into decades-old dirt about George W.

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The additions of No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and former All-Star Andrew Bynum boost the Cavs to contenders if they can (miraculously) stay healthy and find a rotation that works. Mark L. Baer, USA TODAY Sports 10. Memphis Grizzlies (47-35). Led by Zach Rand,olph, left, Marc Gasol, center and Tony Allen, the Grizziles have one of the toughest rosters in the NBA but overachieved a little last season. Nelson Chenault, USA TODAY Sports 9. Brooklyn Nets (49-33). Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry (from left) are the headliners as the new additions, but the Nets will lean just as much on Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson (not pictured). Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports 8. Golden State Warriors (53-29). Stephen Curry made his name as a star during the playoffs, and the Warriors took major steps to build around him in the offseason. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports 7. San Antonio Spurs (54-28). After a resurgent 2012-13 ended in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Gregg Popovich seem likely to return to earth this season. Unless they stubbornly don’t. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports 6. Indiana Pacers (55-27). Paul George (24) and Roy Hibbert (55) are the stars, but the Pacers’ balance is what makes them a special team and title contender. Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 5. Los Angeles Clippers (55-27).

850 snakes part of New York man’s home business, authorities say

Richard Parrinello, of Brookhaven, New York, kept the snakes in his detached garage, all neatly stacked in containers and at the right temperature, according to Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA. Burmese pythons are illegal in New York, and Parrinello’s were taken from the house to a reptile sanctuary in Massachusetts while the rest of the snakes are still in his garage, according to Jack Krieger, communications director for the Town of Brookhaven on Long Island. Gross said all the snakes appeared to be in good health and there was no animal abuse or neglect. “It was a well-maintained facility, it was very clean and organized, it was a business,” Krieger said. By the numbers: Pets Parrinello kept an online website, “Snakeman’s Exotics,” which advertised a collection of pythons, boa constrictors and hognose snakes available for sale both domestically and internationally. After weeks of investigation into alleged workers compensation fraud, the town of Brookhaven, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Police and the SPCA executed a search warrant in Parrinello’s home, where he lives with his wife and 10-year-old son, according to a news release from Brookhaven. Undercover investigators spoke to Parrinello, who claimed to have $500,000 in inventory stored on the premises, including snakes, turtles and turtle eggs, the news release said. Authorities also say they found a few tarantulas and a couple of freezers with frozen mice and alligator carcasses. Krieger said Parrinello wasn’t arrested or charged with any criminal activity, but he was running a business out of his residence in a residential area, which is a violation of the town code. Town Law Department officials are still investigating and will likely issue numerous violations in the coming days. When reached by telephone, Parrinello declined to comment. “What makes this case especially egregious is that this individual was allegedly operating this reptile business out of his home, posing an unknown threat to the neighbors of this community,” said Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine. Peter Constantakes, spokesman for the DEC, said Parrinello was interviewed and issued two summonses for possessing wild animals without a permit and for possessing alligator parts without a permit, each one carrying a maximum fine of $250.