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Finding Votes for Health Bill

Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate

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President Trump Signs VA Reform Bill

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers "who let our veterans down"

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North Korea Says It's 'Biggest Victim' in Warmbier Death

North Korea called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma. North Korea denied it cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier

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NASA Calls Out Goop-Approved 'Healing Stickers'

NASA just fact-checked Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website about the wearable healing stickers the website was promoting. Goop has since issued a statement saying their recommendations do not represent a "formal endorsement"

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College President Says He Didn't Block Free Speech

The president of Williams College is defending his decision to cancel a controversial speech at the school last year, after he came under fire during a Senate hearing this week about the "assault on the First Amendment on college campuses"

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Michael Brown's Family Settles Lawsuit for $1.5 Million

The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown's parents. Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jackson and Wilson in 2015

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40 People Killed in 3 Bomb Attacks in Pakistan

At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in three separate bomb attacks in two major Pakistani cities, officials said. A suicide bomber was involved in the first car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief

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Some Fear Health Bill Will Drop Anti-Abortion Provision

On its face, the draft Senate legislation for a new healthcare bill should make abortion opponents happy. It includes stripping Planned Parenthood of its federal funding and restricting federal subsidies from health care plans that cover abortion

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Police Confirm Cause of Grenfell Tower Fire

In its most detailed briefing on the criminal investigation, the Metropolitan Police confirmed residents' suspicions that the June 14 inferno at Grenfell Tower was touched off by a refrigerator fire. Police are considering filing manslaughter charges

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Trump Says His Comey Tapes Bluff 'Wasn't Very Stupid'

Trump defended his bluff about having tapes of conversations between him and former FBI Director James Comey, saying his strategy "wasn't very stupid." "When [Comey] found out that there may be tapes out there…I think his story may have changed" he said

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Yellowstone's Grizzly Bears No Longer Threatened

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted. But the move will allow some hunting outside the park's boundaries