Taylor Swift's video for her new song "Wildest Dreams" launched a storm of Internet criticism, including a searing review on this blog.

It's been four months since more than 400 Baltimore businesses were damaged in riots following the death of Freddie Gray. Most — but not all — of those businesses have reopened, although some are still struggling to get back the customers they lost.

Six weeks after the April riots, the windows of Taylor Alexander's women's clothing store were still boarded up. Her shop, Flawless Damsels, was so empty inside that her voice echoed off the walls when she described what it used to look like before looters cleared her out.

Here is a pop quiz: How many trees are on the planet?

Most people have no idea.

A new study says the answer is more than three trillion trees — that's trillion with a T, and that number is about eight times more than a previous estimate.

In an interview with conservative web site Breitbart, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dug into his opponent Jeb Bush, saying he should lead by speaking English while in the U.S.

"I like Jeb," Trump said, according to Breitbart. "He's a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States."

More than two years after accusations arose that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's 2004 death was the result of polonium-210 poisoning, French judges say there isn't enough evidence to support the claim that Arafat was murdered.

"At the end of the investigation... it has not been demonstrated that Mr Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning," the judges said, according to France 24.

Defense witnesses testifying in the trial of a 13-year-old boy who killed another boy at a Michigan playground say he's had a rough childhood and is a victim of abuse.
 
     The teen's stepfather told a Kent County jury on Wednesday that he would beat the boy with a belt if he misbehaved.
 

Testing has been completed by the Michigan State Police on more than 10,000 sexual assault kits found in a Detroit police property storage facility.
 
     Gov. Rick Snyder and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy say the next phase of the process is investigating and prosecuting rape cases associated with the kits.
 
     The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference in Lansing.
 

Many days still ahead in investigation of trooper's death

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Police say it will be a week or more before investigators wrap up the case of a Michigan State Police trooper who was killed while riding a motorcycle in northern Oakland County.
 
     The report will go to the county prosecutor.
 
     Lt. Mike Shaw says the 72-year-old driver is cooperating and is not in custody. He was pulling a trailer when Trooper Chad Wolf was hit on Dixie Highway last week.
 
     Wolf's funeral was held Tuesday at Fenton High School. Officers from across the country attended.
 

Man pleads guilty to embezzling from family-owned business

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A former CFO who police say took more than $325,000 from a foam manufacturer in western Michigan has pleaded guilty in the case.

The Grand Rapids Press reports 43-year-old Chad James Perleberg pleaded guilty this week to embezzlement of more than $100,000 from Wyoming-based Grand Rapids Foam Technologies, which produces foam products used in furniture, bedding, seating and other products.

He faces no more than 5 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 15.

From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

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Nearly 100 pounds of gleaming, fresh-caught California yellowtail and white seabass arrived at Chef Michael Cimarusti's Los Angeles-based restaurant Providence on Wednesday morning. But this wasn't just another ho-hum seafood delivery.

The pile of fish marks an important step toward a fundamentally different way that prominent chefs are beginning to source American seafood: the restaurant supported fishery.

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