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Rep. Leonard Lance Town Hall

Health Care and Supreme Court on the Agenda as Congress Returns

Congress returns to Washington to confront decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Trump's presidency. The recess was dominated by raucous town halls where Republicans faced questions about plans to replace the health care law

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Trump's Choice to Be Navy Secretary Withdraws

Businessman Philip Bilden, said he was withdrawing from consideration for the post after determining that he would be unable to satisfy ethics requirements without "undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family's private financial interests"

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China Expected to Up Naval Spending in Challenge to U.S.

With President Donald Trump promising a U.S. shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues, China's Navy is seeking to check U.S. dominance of the high seas and will likely step up its own projection of power around the globe

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A Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia Has Been Vandalized

More than 100 headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri. The Anti-Defamation League is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible

Shelter For Asylum Applicants Hit By Arson

10 Migrants Were Attacked Every Day in Germany in 2016

An average of 10 migrants in Germany were subject to attacks every day last year, according to government figures. A total of 560 people—including 43 children—were injured in about 2,545 attacks on individual migrants, while about 1,000 more attacks were reported on housing

Alok Madasani, who was wounded in a shooting that killed Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, attends a vigil at a conference center in Olathe, Kansas

Man Wounded in Kansas 'Race Attack' Speaks at Vigil

One of three men shot at a bar in a suspected hate crime in Kansas City spoke at a weekend vigil, saying "I wish it was a dream." Alok Madasani told a crowd in Olathe that "what happened that night was a senseless crime"

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Egypt's Christians Flee Attacks in North Sinai

Northern Sinai has for years been the epicenter of an insurgency by Islamic militants, and the area's few Christians have slowly been trickling out. But departures have surged after a spate of recent killings targeting the religious minority

South Korea Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn Speaks At News Conference

South Korean Opposition to Seek Prime Minister's Impeachment

South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party said on Monday it and other parties would seek the impeachment of the prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn, after he said an investigation into a corruption scandal that has engulfed President Park Gyuen-hye would not be extended

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These Economic Migrants Have No Problem Crossing Borders

As debate over immigration rages in Europe and border lockdowns polarize the U.S., one group of migrants has become increasingly mobile, notching up record numbers in 2016. The country that most of them head for is Australia, followed by the U.S. and then Canada in third place

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Award-Winning Actor Bill Paxton Dies at 61

Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery. A family representative confirmed Paxton's death in a statement. The actor was known for his roles in Aliens and Apollo 13. The actor is survived by his two children, James and Lydia, and his wife Louise Newbury