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Even to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Muhammad Ali was "untouchable"

Even to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Muhammad Ali was “untouchable”

An incident from Muhammad Ali’s Federal Bureau of Investigation file shows that no less than Director J. Edgar Hoover himself doubted the Bureau’s ability to get charges against Ali to stick.

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How to sift standard forms for crucial pages

How to sift standard forms for crucial pages

Government agencies produce a lot of paperwork, much of it standardized and quite a bit irrelevant to anyone outside the agency. Save yourself processing delays and duplication fees by honing requests for the crucial sections.

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A warthog tooth here, an ivory crucifix there, and the occasional elephant skull

A warthog tooth here, an ivory crucifix there, and the occasional elephant skull

New England may not be the world’s hub for black market ivory, but the Fish and Wildlife Service agents who watch the region’s borders manage to uncover a range of interesting pieces.

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Walrus tusks can't go through airport security, even in plastic bags

Walrus tusks can’t go through airport security, even in plastic bags

A small selection of ivory smuggling reports from the Department of Fish and Wildlife shows that airplane passengers and drivers crossing the Canadian border were often surprised to learn that owning elephant and walrus tusks is against the law.

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