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‘We’ve Always Been Here'

Transgender veterans are reacting with shock at President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender Americans from military service. Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender individuals will not be able to serve in the military "in any capacity"

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Senate Rejects GOP Plan to Repeal Obamacare

After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated they don't have the stomach to repeal Obamacare when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject legislation undoing major portions of the law without replacing it

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North Korea Warns of 'Powerful Nuclear Hammer'

North Korea threatened to launch a nuclear strike "at the heart of the U.S." if it sees signs that Washington is trying to remove Kim Jong Un as the country's leader. The warning follows comments from CIA Director Mike Pompeo

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Mahershala Ali Set to Star in True Detective

The Academy Award-winner closed a deal to star in HBO's third season of the crime anthology series True Detective, the network's president of programming said at a Television Critics Associations' presentation

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Omaha Officers Charged With Assault After Man's Death

Two Omaha police officers will face assault charges in the death of a mentally ill man who was shocked with a stun gun a dozen times and repeatedly punched, even after he was on the ground, a Nebraska prosecutor said

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Trump Announces $10 Billion Factory in Wisconsin

President Donald Trump said that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to create 3,000 jobs. The factory will produce liquid-crystal display panels that are used in televisions and computer screens

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Michael Phelps Responds to Shark Race 'Haters'

Some fans were disappointed when they tuned in for Phelps’ race against a Great White Shark on Sunday to see he wasn’t actually swimming with the king of the ocean. The former Olympian says people should be better listeners

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Coke Zero Is Being Replaced With a New Recipe

Coca-Cola is dropping Coke Zero and adding a different diet option. The soda company announced that it will start selling Coke Zero Sugar in August. The new drink option will feature an updated look and a new taste

Cardinal George Pell Attends Court To Face Historical Child Abuse Charges

Cardinal Pell Faces Sexual Abuse Charges in Court

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia in a scandal that has stunned the Holy See and threatened to tarnish the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy

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Manafort Meets With Senate Investigators

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman met with Senate investigators, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year

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Libyan Rivals Agree to Cease-fire in France Talks

Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds, after talks conducted in France