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Shutdown Scramble

Injecting confusion into already perilous government shutdown negotiations, President Trump undercut his own administration's stance by tweeting that a children's health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement

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2017 Was One of the Hottest Years Ever

Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming

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Tillerson Says North Korea Sanctions Are Working

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is getting evidence that international sanctions are "really starting to hurt" North Korea, even as he accused Russia of not implementing all of the measures

Amazon’s current HQ in Seattle has helped drive explosive growth in the city.

Amazon Names 20 Finalist Cities for HQ2

Amazon has narrowed the list of potential cities where it will build its second headquarters to 20 cities with major metropolises like New York and Philadelphia in the running along with smaller cities like Nashville and Pittsburgh

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) presides over a meeting about immigration with Republican and Democrat members of Congress, including Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) (L) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Trump Denies Changing Mind About Border Wall

President Donald Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico. Trump tweets that "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it"

Birth Control Pills May Help Prevent Some Cancers

For those taking the pill for 10 years or more, the risk of ovarian cancer was 40% lower compared to women who had never used the pill or used them for less than a year, and 34% lower for endometrial cancer

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Pope Francis Performs First Airborne Papal Wedding

Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline during a flight from Santiago. The couple had been unable to have a church ceremony due to Chile's 2010 earthquake

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YouTube Is Taking Down ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ Videos

YouTube is taking down videos showing people eating laundry detergent after the so-called "Tide Pod challenge" went viral. The Tide Pod challenge is a social media phenomenon in which people joke about wanting to eat the colorful detergent pods

Demonstrators Attend A Protest Against President Trump At Mar-a-Lago

Haiti Barred From Temporary U.S. Work Visas

Amidst tension over President Donald Trump's stance on immigration from certain countries, residents of Haiti, Belize and Samoa will lose eligibility for temporary agricultural and seasonal work visas this year, according to a notice from DHS

USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced On Multiple Sexual Assault Charges

Abuse Victims Confront Larry Nassar in Court

One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children

The Extraordinary Underwater Cave System Of Cenotes in Tulun, Mexico

World's Longest Underwater Cave Found in Mexico

Archaeologists and divers on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula announced that they found a passage connecting two underwater caves, creating what they say is the world's longest continuous flooded cave

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Dylan Farrow Addresses Woody Allen Allegations

Dylan Farrow said it was "very momentous" to have a public conversation about her decades-old allegation that her adopted father Woody Allen molested her. She spoke with Gayle King on CBS This Morning