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Donald Trump

Trump Lawyer Sorry for Spouse Rape Comment

Donald Trump's lawyer and top aide apologized after he ensnared the candidate in controversy by responding to years-old rape allegations against Trump—since retracted—by saying that sexual intercourse with a spouse can never legally be considered rape

Edward Snowden

White House Urges Snowden to Take the Rap

The White House responded to a petition calling for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden on Tuesday by calling for the former National Security Agency contractor to “come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers”

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New Dr. Seuss Book Released

What Pet Should I Get? a recently discovered, unpublished children's book by beloved author Dr. Seuss has been released. The book is believed to have been penned at some point between the late 1950s and early 1960s

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Obama: Africa Can't Let Tradition Hinder Progress

President Obama wrapped up his four-day visit to Africa with a rousing address to the African Union, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He called for the empowerment of African youth and women and an end to the “cancer of corruption”

UNITED STATES - JULY 23: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during an event in the Capitol on the Equality Act that bans discrimination against LGBT people in federal law, July 23, 2015. Also appearing, from left, are Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., David Cicilline, D-R.I.,  Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Reps. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Mike Honda, D-Calif., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Corporate Giants Back LGBT Law

The makers of Cheerios cereals and Nike sneakers are joining the makers of iPhones and Ziploc baggies in supporting proposed sweeping legislation that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans at their jobs, homes and schools

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Virgin Galactic Crash Blamed on Co-Pilot Error

Federal safety investigators said Tuesday the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early. The accident killed the co-pilot and left the pilot seriously injured

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The Book of Mormon Musical Has Finally Arrived in Utah

The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters

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Prisoners Could Soon Be Eligible for College Grants

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hinted on Monday that the Obama administration is “developing experimental sites” that would make federal education grants available to “incarcerated adults seeking an independent, productive life after they get out of jail”

Joyce Mitchell is arraigned in City Court in Plattsburgh, N.Y. on June 12, 2015.

Prison Worker Pleads Guilty in Inmate Escape

Joyce Mitchell, an employee at Clinton Correctional Facility in New York, has pleaded guilty to helping two killers escape last month. She admitted to providing tools for the escape, and authorities said she also agreed to be the getaway driver but backed out

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Why Turkey Sees the Kurds as a Bigger Threat than ISIS

Last week, the Turkish government announced it was joining the war against ISIS. Since then it has arrested more than 1,000 people. But most of those arrests, say Kurdish leaders, have hit Kurdish and left wing groups, not ISIS

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Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female NFL Coach

In a historic move, the Arizona Cardinals have announced that they have hired Jen Welter, the first-ever female NFL coach. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who made the decision to hire Welter, said that gender shouldn't come into play when it comes to coaching