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A still image taken from a video posted on social media uploaded on February 24, 2017, shows people inspecting the damage at a site of an Islamic State car bomb explosion, said to be in Sousian village near al-Bab

Syrian Town Freed from ISIS Hit by Second Car Bomb

Syrian opposition activists say a second car bomb has exploded in a town just captured from ISIS militants by Turkish troops and Syrian fighters, leaving at least eight people dead. An earlier explosion in the same village killed at least 60


Obamacare Is the Most Popular It's Been in 7 Years

The Affordable Care Act is the most popular it has been in years as Republicans talk about repeal, according to a new study. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 48% of respondents reported a favorable view of the law, with 42% reporting an unfavorable view

J.C. Penney has slashed employee hours to cut costs.

J.C. Penney Is Closing up to 140 Stores

Department store giant J.C. Penney is planning to close 130 to 140 stores and two distribution centers. J.C. Penney[/f500link] told investors Friday that it would shutter the locations in upcoming months

Chief of Staff Reince Priebus attends a breakfast meeting with small business leaders hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) at the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington U.S.

FBI Asked to 'Dispute Media Reports on Russia'

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that the Trump campaign was in touch with Russian intelligence, AP says, citing an unnamed White House official. Outraged Democrats say policy on pending investigations may have been violated

Marco Rubio Speech On Innovation At Uber's DC Offices

Uber to Users Deleting App: We’re ‘Deeply Hurting’

Uber sent messages to users who deleted the ride-share app telling them the company is "deeply hurting" after allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. Some users are citing Susan Fowler's charges of harassment as their reason for deleting the app


Nerve Agent Used in the Murder of Kim Jong Nam: Police

The banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's half brother who was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport, police said. The announcement raised serious questions about public safety in the building

U.S. President Donald Trump Leads Listening Session On Human Trafficking

Trump Wants U.S. Nuclear Arsenal to Be 'Top of the Pack'

President Donald Trump wants the U.S. nuclear arsenal to stand "at the top of the pack," and has called an arms limitation pact with Russia a "one-sided deal." Russia currently has around 7,300 nuclear weapons, while the U.S. stockpile stands at 6,970

Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly delivers a statement accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City

Kelly, Tillerson Dialing Back on Trump's Deporation Rhetoric

The U.S. Homeland Security Secretary has pledged no use of the military to enforce immigration laws, apparently contradicting Donald Trump, who described deportation as a "military operation." Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also emphasized cooperation with Mexico

Adam Purinton

Men of Asian Ethnicity Shot in 'Racial Attack' in Kansas Bar

A gunman opened fire in a Kansas bar, killing one man and injuring two others in what witnesses say may have been a racially motivated crime. A witness reportedly heard the suspect say "get out of my country" before he fired at two men of South Asian ethnicity