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Donald Trump

Trump Lawyer: 'You Can't Rape Your Spouse'

Donald Trump's campaign disavowed the comments of a top aide Tuesday, after the aide ensnared the candidate in fresh controversy by responding to years-old rape allegations against Trump, since retracted, by saying that sexual intercourse with a spouse can never legally be considered rape

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White House Urges Snowden to Take the Rap

The White House responded to a petition calling for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden on Tuesday by calling for the former National Security Agency contractor to “come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers”

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The Book of Mormon Musical Has Finally Arrived in Utah

The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters

UNITED STATES - JULY 23: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during an event in the Capitol on the Equality Act that bans discrimination against LGBT people in federal law, July 23, 2015. Also appearing, from left, are Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., David Cicilline, D-R.I.,  Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Reps. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Mike Honda, D-Calif., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Corporate Giants Back LGBT Law

The makers of Cheerios cereals and Nike sneakers are joining the makers of iPhones and Ziploc baggies in supporting proposed sweeping legislation that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans at their jobs, homes and schools

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Why Turkey Sees the Kurds as a Bigger Threat than ISIS

Last week, the Turkish government announced it was joining the war against ISIS. Since then it has arrested more than 1,000 people. But most of those arrests, say Kurdish leaders, have hit Kurdish and left wing groups, not ISIS

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Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female NFL Coach

In a historic move, the Arizona Cardinals have announced that they have hired Jen Welter, the first-ever female NFL coach. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who made the decision to hire Welter, said that gender shouldn't come into play when it comes to coaching

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Volkswagen Becomes World's Top Automaker

The German automaker sold 5.04 million vehicles from January through June of 2015, pipping Japanese rival Toyota, which sold 5.02 million cars, a decline of 1.5% compared to the first half of 2014

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Boy Scouts Officially End on Ban on Gay Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders effective immediately while also allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy takes effect immediately

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Gaddafi's Son Sentenced to Death Over 2011 Killings

A court in Libya on Tuesday sentenced a son of Moammar Gadhafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the 2011 uprising. Seif al-Islam is being held by a militia that refuses to hand him over stock photos Food Snacks Chips Cheetos

A New Taste Has Been Added to the Human Palate

We classify food as sweet, sour, salty, bitter or umami, but a new paper published in the journal Chemical Senses argues that we're missing another basic taste: fatty. It's called oleogustus, and it's the unique taste of fat, says one of the authors of the study

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Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter

Denmark banned on the religious slaughter of animals, prompting a furious backlash from Jewish and Muslim community representatives. Jewish and Muslim butchers must now stun animals before slaughter which will render them impure in the eyes of the religious