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McKayla Maroney Confronts Larry Nassar in Court

"Dr. Nassar was not a doctor," said the 2012 Olympic gold and silver medalist to the Michigan sports doctor who molested her and other gymnasts. "He left scars on my psyche that may never go away."

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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

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

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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

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

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Announces Pregnancy

New Zealand's Prime Minister Is Pregnant

Jacinda Ardern, the world's youngest female head of government, announced that she and her partner are expecting their first child in June. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will serve as acting Prime Minister for six weeks

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