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President Trump Signs VA Reform Bill

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers "who let our veterans down"

Saudi security forces foil suicide bomb attack in Mecca

Suicide Bomber Detonates Near Grand Mosque in Mecca

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday. The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid around Jiddah

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Johnny Depp Apologizes for Trump Assassination Joke

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump," the actor said in a statement following his controversial remarks. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice."

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Activists Warn Yellowstone Bears Vulnerable to Hunters

A decision to revoke special protections for grizzly bears near Yellowstone National Park will put the animals back in the crosshairs of trophy hunters and may reverse decades of conservation efforts, animal activists said

Landslide Buried 141 People In Maoxian County

More Than 120 People Buried by Landslide in China

More than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday, officials said. The landslide, which came from a mountain, engulfed a cluster of 62 homes and a hotel in the village of Xinmo

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Military Leaders To Seek 6-Month Transgender Delay

Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday. The new request for a delay will go to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for a final decision

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College President Says He Didn't Block Free Speech

The president of Williams College is defending his decision to cancel a controversial speech at the school last year, after he came under fire during a Senate hearing this week about the "assault on the First Amendment on college campuses"

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North Korea Says It's 'Biggest Victim' in Warmbier Death

North Korea called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma. North Korea denied it cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier

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Michael Brown's Family Settles Lawsuit for $1.5 Million

The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown's parents. Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jackson and Wilson in 2015

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40 People Killed in 3 Bomb Attacks in Pakistan

At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in three separate bomb attacks in two major Pakistani cities, officials said. A suicide bomber was involved in the first car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief

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NASA Calls Out Goop-Approved 'Healing Stickers'

NASA just fact-checked Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website about the wearable healing stickers the website was promoting. Goop has since issued a statement saying their recommendations do not represent a "formal endorsement"