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'In Any Capacity'

President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption." Trump's announcement did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.

Senate GOP Agrees To Debate Health Plan With No Votes To Spare

Vote Shows GOP's Problems in Replacing Obamacare

Where the Senate Republican effort to demolish the Obama health care law ends up is anyone's guess, but early indications are the GOP will have a hard time replacing that statute with any sweeping changes


North Korea Warns of 'Powerful Nuclear Hammer'

North Korea threatened to launch a nuclear strike "at the heart of the U.S." if it sees signs that Washington is trying to remove Kim Jong Un as the country's leader. The warning follows comments from CIA Director Mike Pompeo

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All of the Nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards

Kendrick Lamar has eight more reasons not to be humble. On Tuesday via Instagram Live, MTV announced the nominees for the 2017 Video Music Awards, and the DAMN. rapper led the way with eight nominations for “HUMBLE.,” the first single off his recent album

President Trump And Lebanese PM Hariri Deliver Joint Statements At White House

House Passes New Russia Sanctions Bill

The House has decisively approved legislation that hits Russia with additional sanctions. Lawmakers voted 419-3 to pass the bill, which prevents President Trump from waiving the sanctions against Russia without first securing permission from Congress

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Justice Department Cracks Down on Sanctuary Cities

The Justice Department escalated its promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, saying it will no longer award grant money to cities unless they give immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released

Cardinal George Pell Attends Court To Face Historical Child Abuse Charges

Cardinal Pell Faces Sexual Abuse Charges in Court

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia in a scandal that has stunned the Holy See and threatened to tarnish the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy

Still Laugh-In: A Toast To George Schlatter

Barbara Sinatra, Widow of Frank Sinatra, Dies at 90

Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent advocate and philanthropist for abused children, has died at 90. John Thoresen, director of the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, says she died Tuesday of natural causes

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Manafort Meets With Senate Investigators

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman met with Senate investigators, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year


Libyan Rivals Agree to Cease-fire in France Talks

Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds, after talks conducted in France and meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron

Record Sized Shark

Crew Catches Record-Breaking 900-Pound Shark

A 12-foot-long, 926-pound mako shark was reeled in by a fishing crew in New Jersey, and officials say it's the biggest shark catch in the state's history. The crew were fishing in an area known as the Hudson Canyon on July 21 when they caught the shark