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BEIRUT (AP) — A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.

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NCAA officials in charge of organizing college basketball's annual men's and women's tournament told North Carolina that its cities Greensboro and Charlotte, which are scheduled to host games, must "report how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event," according to a statement released to ESPN Thursday.

The move comes after North Carolina legislators enacted an anti-LGBT law that, among other things, overruled city-level anti-discrimination ordinances and bans transgender people from using the bathrooms matching their identity in government buildings and school.

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After refurbishing the toxic reputations of foreign dictators for decades, remaking Donald Trump for a general election audience will be no problem for political consultant Paul Manafort, Trump's recent major campaign hire. At least, that is the thesis of a new profile of Manafort by Slate contributor Franklin Foer, which extensively details Manafort's unseemly history of propping up Angolan guerrilla leaders, Ukrainian oligarchs and Pakistani intelligence interests.

The profile tracks Manafort's wheeling and dealing from the beginning of his career -- working alongside Roger Stone, a self-acclaimed dirty trickster also now in Trump's orbit -- to his more recent wielding of the political influence of Ukrainian natural gas magnates backed by Vladimir Putin. (Manafort, who Foer describes as preferring to fly under the press radar, did not participate in the profile.)

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