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President Trump and Pope Francis Meet in Vatican City

Concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions, President Trump met with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed. The two will have a private audience in the Vatican

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Health Experts Slam Trump's Proposed Budget

Public health experts are expressing serious concern about the White House's proposed 2018 budget, which would substantially cut funding to key government health agencies and programs

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Uber to Pay Back NYC Drivers It Underpaid

Uber underpaid its New York City drivers and is now giving that money back. The ride-hailing company was taking a percentage out of the fare amount including tax, rather than a pre-tax amount


Taiwan Sets Asian First With Marriage Equality Ruling

Taiwan's Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, making the island the first place in Asia to recognize gay unions. A court ruled that the current civil code that does not permit same-sex marriages was a violation of the constitution

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Senate Will Subpoena 2 of Michael Flynn's Businesses

The Senate intelligence committee says it will subpoena two of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's businesses. Flynn has refused to hand over that information for a previous Senate subpoena for the Russia investigation


11 Jurors Chosen for Bill Cosby Trial

The jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault case was filling up quickly as lawyers and prosecutors worked to select panelists who they believe would be favorable to their side. The jury so far consists of six men and four women

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Clinton Slams 'Unimaginable Cruelty' of Trump Budget

Hillary Clinton criticized President Donald Trump's budget blueprint for "an unimaginable level of cruelty." Trump's 2016 opponent faulted the Administration for "an onslaught against the needs of children and people with disabilities, women and seniors"

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California Landslide Buries Big Sur Highway

A landslide in California's Big Sur buried a portion of the state's coastal Highway 1 under 40 feet of rocks and dirt. The landslide covers a quarter of a mile along the highway, and authorities don't know when that portion will re-open


ISIS-Linked Militants Behead Police Chief in Philippines

Islamic State group-linked militants swept through the southern Philippine city of Marawi, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS. Martial law had been declared Tuesday

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Microsoft Just Unveiled a Faster New Surface Pro

Microsoft unveiled its latest Surface Pro, which it says offers faster performance, longer battery life and an improved design over the Surface Pro 4. The new Surface Pro will be available on June 15 starting at $799