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Jeb Stuart Magruder, a former aide in President Richard Nixon’s administration who was imprisoned for his role in the Watergate scandal before becoming a Presbyterian minister, has died. He was 79. [...]

As Nixon’s deputy campaign director and a deputy communications director at the White House, Magruder was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice in the coverup that followed the 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington’s Watergate building. He spent seven months in prison before his release in 1976. Nixon, who denied prior knowledge of the planned break-in, resigned under threat of impeachment on Aug. 9, 1974.

In 2003, Magruder said, for the first time, that he had heard Nixon tell John Mitchell, the former attorney general who was head of the president’s re-election campaign, over the telephone on March 30, 1972, to proceed with the plan to break into the Democratic Party headquarters.

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Defiant farmers are continuing to kiss CAMELS despite warnings it can lead to catching a deadly disease.

Camel smooching is most common in Saudi Arabia where health authorities have urged people that it leads to the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus - also known as MERS-CoV. [...]

Authorities say that not only should people avoid puckering up with camels, they should also wear gloves, stay away from raw camel meat and camel milk, and not to go near sick animals.

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