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'Bathroom Bill' Close to Repeal

North Carolina Republican lawmakers said that they have an agreement with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill." The new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday

House GOP Pulls Vote On Trump's American Health Care Act

5 Big Decisions Republicans in Congress Have to Make

Reeling from the defeat of their health care proposal, Republicans in Congress are regrouping and planning for the coming months. There are budget deadlines to meet and policy issues to tackle, ranging from tax reform to infrastructure

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The Oscars Are Sticking With PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy firm, will still supervise ballot counting at the Oscars, despite the Best Picture mix-up at the 2017 ceremony. After the mistake was linked to backstage tweeting, accountants will not be able to access their phones backstage

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China's President Xi Plans to Meet Trump in Mar-a-Lago

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump will meet for the first time on April 6-7 at the latter's Florida resort. The future relationship between the world's two biggest economies has been uncertain following Trump's election

U.S. President Donald Trump applauds his crowd as he holds a "Make America Great Again" rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSZBI2

Trump Infrastructure Plan Unlikely to Sway Democrats

White House officials have long viewed infrastructure spending as a rare opportunity to join forces with Democrats. But the plan being developed inside the White House is not likely to hold much appeal for Trump's opponents

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42 Questions About Brexit That Need Answering

British Prime Minister Theresa May has officially initiated a two-year process of negotiations to bring the United Kingdom out of the European Union. The process of Brexit begins in the shadow of great uncertainties for the United Kingdom

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Why the 'Ghost in the Shell' Has Sparked Controversy

The first live-action, English-language adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series Ghost in the Shell hits theaters this week and stars Scarlett Johansson. But even before the previews roll, feelings are mixed

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Block on Trump Travel Ban Extended

Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the state's tourist-dependent economy. The implied message in the revised ban is like a "neon sign flashing 'Muslim ban, Muslim ban,'" state Attorney General Douglas Chin said

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and Senate Intelligence Vice Chair Mark Warner, D-Va., hold a news conference in the Capitol on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, to provide an update on the committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Senators Pledge Cooperation in Russia Probe

Pledging cooperation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian interference in last year's election

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Heroin Use Is Spiking Among White Americans

The U.S. is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, with 91 people dying every day from an overdose on opioids like prescription painkillers or heroin. A new study reports that the largest spikes have been among white Americans