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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)
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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

President Barrack Obama speaks during a joint news conference at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 27. 2015.

Obama Slams GOP Criticism

President Obama let loose his most aggressive comments to date about the Republican candidates vying to succeed him in the White House, saying "the American people deserve better" than "ridiculous" and "ad hominem" attacks

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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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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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U.S. Flood Risk Could Be Worse Than We Thought

U.S. coastal cities could be more vulnerable to floods than we thought, since the way scientists have traditionally analyzed storm surge and heavy rainfall may underestimate their flood risk, according to new research

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Colorado Rockies Trade Troy Tulowitzki for Jose Reyes

The Colorado Rockies have reportedly traded slugger Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects in a stunning swap of star shortstops. Along with Reyes, the Rockies picked up reliever Miguel Castro and two minor-league pitchers

Operation Northern Watch Enforces No-Fly Zone

U.S. Prepares to Fly Deeper into Syrian Civil War

The U.S. is planning to launch "no-fly zones" over a stretch of northern Syria, with the help of neighboring Turkey. The goal is to open up a safe haven for Syrians displaced by the country’s civil war


Possible Breakthrough in MERS Treatment

Two existing drugs may prove to be effective treatments for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a new study published in Hong Kong says. The medicines, which were tested on marmosets, are already used to treat HIV and sclerosis 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

Shanghai Composite Index Slumps Below 3,500 Points On Wednesday

Chinese Markets Continue to Fall

China’s stock markets continued their precipitous slide on Tuesday, falling almost two percent despite state regulators’ frantic attempts to stabilize the country’s volatile indexes. Market interference by state regulatory officials has yielded ambiguous results

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Boston Bids Farewell to 2024 Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston, ending its bid for the 2024 Games. The Boston bid soured within days of its beginning in January, beset by poor communication, low public support and an active opposition group


NFL Setting New Ball-Inspection Rules

In the aftermath of Deflategate, the NFL will have game officials appointed by the referee inspect the 48 footballs for each game more than two hours before kickoff. In the past, the referee inspected the footballs