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Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate Race 2017
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A Tough Fight

After Doug Jones’ unexpected win in the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night, jubilant Democrats could hardly contain their enthusiasm about what it means for next year's midterm elections. But they face an uphill battle

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reveal Wedding Day

The ceremony will be held in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Harry's father, Prince Charles, wed Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. Royal wedding watchers have been eagerly awaiting news about the nuptials since the couple got engaged in November

People who call themselves Dreamers, protest in front of the Senate side of the US Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Immigration Groups Push Congress to Protect Dreamers

Immigration advocacy groups are pressuring Congress to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children before the year ends, but Republicans argue they have until March to act on the controversial issue

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Star Wars Fans Have Strong Reactions to Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the legendary franchise's long-awaited next chapter, finally hit the big screen in the U.S. on Thursday. The Rian Johnson-directed Episode VIII has been polarizing among fans who caught an early glimpse

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Marco Rubio Will Vote Yes on the GOP Tax Bill

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will vote for his party's $1.5 trillion tax bill. That gives a major boost to the prospects that GOP leaders will be able to push their prized measure through Congress next week

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Trump's Birth Control Restrictions Blocked

A federal judge in Philadelphia ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that would reduce women's access to free birth control, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former President Obama's health care law

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Disney to Buy Fox Film and TV Businesses in a $66B Deal

Walt Disney agreed to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock. Fox assets that will be sold to Disney, include the Twentieth Century Fox movie and cable networks

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California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales

California has issued its first batch of business licenses for the state's upcoming legal marijuana market, setting the stage for recreational distribution and retail sales to begin in January. Legal marijuana purchases were approved by voters last year

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Dustin Hoffman Faces More Sexual Misconduct Claims

Three more women have forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of inappropriate sexual behavior. The women, one of whom wished to remain anonymous, spoke to Variety about their alleged encounters with the two-time Oscar winner, which ranged from sexual harassment to assault

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Charlottesville Driver Faces First-Degree Murder Charge

Prosecutors are seeking to upgrade the charges against a man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens. The man now faces a first-degree murder charge

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U.S. Special Envoy Backs North Korea Talks

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic offer of unconditional talks, although the overture has already been contradicted by the White House

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Salma Hayek Pens Powerful Essay on Harvey Weinstein

"In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person," Hayek wrote. "I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body." The star said Weinstein repeatedly harassed her as she worked to produce her 2002 movie Frida