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^To this man, Islamic State's ideology 'just made sense.' Now, he rejects extremism<
ISLAMICSTATE-SYMPATHIZER:LA _ On a rainy morning, Imran Rabbani returned to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center so he could reunite with his former keepers.
Four years before, Rabbani had arrived at the facility in shackles after being swept up in an Islamic State-inspired plot to set off a pressure-cooker bomb in New York. He was 17.
Now, just starting his third semester at New York University, the 22-year-old Rabbani wanted to give thanks to the people who guided him away from Islamist extremism. As he waited in the library last summer, glancing at books that had proved crucial to his transformation, the room slowly filled with city officials, staff and guards.
2550 by Melissa Etehad in Newark, N.J. MOVED
^SPECIAL REPORT: A DECADE OF AFTERSHOCKS IN HAITI<
On Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake. The disaster claimed 316,000 lives, left 1.5 million homeless and another 1.5 million injured. The Miami Herald, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, examines the aid and rebuilding over the past decade.
^10 years after Haiti's earthquake: A decade of aftershocks and unkept promises<
HAITI-QUAKE-10YEARS:MI _ For nearly three years after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, Haiti's main public square was a densely crowded tent city packed with makeshift huts made from cardboard, plywood and bedsheets in the shadow of a ruined presidential palace.
Walk through the Champ de Mars today and the displaced survivors of the quake who once called it home are long gone _ replaced by ice cream vendors, novice student drivers and a new government administrative corridor in the center of the city.
As a disaster-prone Haiti marks the 10th anniversary of an unimaginable catastrophe, Haitians and the international community that pledged to help the country rebuild can point to a few signs of progress.
But a decade of political and economic aftershocks and billions of dollars in mismanaged and unaccounted-for aid have left the country struggling with its recovery, and no more ready today to withstand another massive tremor than it was the day the 7.0 magnitude quake struck.
3550 (with trims) by Jacqueline Charles in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. MOVED
^Iowa's small Latino population looms large in 2020 election<
^IOWA-LATINO-VOTERS:LA_< Bernie Sanders sounded awkwardly gringo in naming the Latino politician he thanked for introducing him, and he bungled the Spanish title of his own event, dropping the "con" from "Unidos con Bernie." Yet it only seemed to endear "Tio Bernie" to the Latino voters gathered in this Iowa town to see him.
In a state often criticized as too white to hold such political influence, Latinos are key to the coalition that Sanders is trying to assemble in his bid to win the Iowa caucuses that open the Democrats' presidential-nominating contest on Feb. 3.
1250 by Evan Halper in Muscatine, Iowa. MOVED
^Some states face political changes as newcomers arrive<
STATES-NEWCOMERS-POLITICS:SH _ Texas, Arizona and parts of the South are seeing the nation's largest population bumps _ and the people moving there from more liberal states may be feeding political change in those red-state conservative bastions.
As people from California and New York discover the South and Southwest, they're finding friendly people and lower costs but aren't sure how they'll fit in politically.
1350 (with trims) by Tim Henderson in Washington. MOVED
^Homeless Californians adapt to camp sweeps and 'the Caltrans Shuffle'<
CALIF-HOMELESS-SWEEPS:KHN _ It's 5 a.m., and the thermostat reads 44 degrees. Cars round the bend of an off-ramp of state Route 24 in northern Oakland, spraying bands of light across Norm Ciha and his neighbors. They wear headlamps so they can see in the dark as they gather their belongings: tents, clothes, cooking gear, carts piled with blankets, children's shoes and, in one case, a set of golf clubs.
Shredder, Ciha's dog, takes a treat and then lets it fall from his mouth. He whines as Ciha walks away with a camping mattress. "I can leave him all day in the tent and he's fine, but he freaks out every time we have to move," Ciha said.
Every other week, the residents of this thin slice of state-owned land just off the freeway pack up their possessions and move to another empty lot nearby that they aren't quite sure who owns. They do it in anticipation of the routine homeless sweeps ordered by the California agency that has jurisdiction over the state's highways and exit ramps.
1550 by Anna Maria Barry-Jester in Oakland, Calif. MOVED
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