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Health Experts Slam Trump's Proposed Budget

Public health experts are expressing serious concern about the White House's proposed 2018 budget, which would substantially cut funding to key government health agencies and programs

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House Intelligence Committee Will Subpoena Flynn

The committee pressured Flynn to cooperate with its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The prospect of new subpoenas came one day after the committee's Senate counterpart served its own subpoenas to Flynn's businesses

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Science Discovered Why Flamingos Stand on 1 Leg

Flamingos are known for their one-legged perch, but researchers think they've finally figured out how and why they do it. The balancing act requires less muscular effort and allows the birds to sway less

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54% of Americans Believe Trump Is Abusing Power

A new Quinnipiac poll found that 54% of Americans believe President Donald Trump is "abusing the powers of his office," and 62% say the House of Representatives should investigate the James Comey situation

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Vermont Governor Says He Will Veto Marijuana Bill

Scott said that he planned to veto a bill making Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the legislature on a compromise. He is sending the bill back with suggestions for another path forward

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Taiwan Sets Asian First in Marriage Equality Ruling

Taiwan's Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, making the island the first place in Asia to recognize gay unions. A court ruled that the current civil code that does not permit same-sex marriages was a violation of the constitution

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Clinton Slams Trump Budget's 'Unimaginable Cruelty'

Hillary Clinton criticized President Donald Trump's budget blueprint for "an unimaginable level of cruelty." Trump's 2016 opponent faulted the Administration for "an onslaught against the needs of children and people with disabilities, women and seniors"

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Pope Francis Nudges Trump on Climate Change

Pope Francis gave President Donald Trump a copy of his landmark 2015 encyclical on climate change when the two leaders met at the Vatican, and a Vatican official also encouraged the U.S. to remain in the Paris Agreement

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Uber to Pay Back NYC Drivers It Underpaid

Uber underpaid its New York City drivers and is now giving that money back. The ride-hailing company was taking a percentage out of the fare amount including tax, rather than a pre-tax amount

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ISIS-Linked Militants Behead Police Chief in Philippines

Islamic State group-linked militants swept through the southern Philippine city of Marawi, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS. Martial law had been declared Tuesday