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2017 Was One of the Hottest Years Ever

Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead a mass at the Maquehue Temuco Air Force Base in Temuco

Pope Defends Bishop Accused of Covering Up Abuse

Pope Francis has defended a bishop accused of covering up crimes by Chile's most notorious pedophile, in an astonishing end to a visit meant to heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country

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McKayla Maroney Confronts Larry Nassar in Court

"Dr. Nassar was not a doctor," said the 2012 Olympic gold and silver medalist to the Michigan sports doctor who molested her and other gymnasts. "He left scars on my psyche that may never go away."

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Tillerson Says North Korea Sanctions Are Working

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is getting evidence that international sanctions are "really starting to hurt" North Korea, even as he accused Russia of not implementing all of the measures

Birth Control Pills May Help Prevent Some Cancers

For those taking the pill for 10 years or more, the risk of ovarian cancer was 40% lower compared to women who had never used the pill or used them for less than a year, and 34% lower for endometrial cancer

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) presides over a meeting about immigration with Republican and Democrat members of Congress, including Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) (L) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Trump Denies Changing Mind About Border Wall

President Donald Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico. Trump tweets that "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it"

Amazon’s current HQ in Seattle has helped drive explosive growth in the city.

Amazon Names 20 Finalist Cities for HQ2

Amazon has narrowed the list of potential cities where it will build its second headquarters to 20 cities with major metropolises like New York and Philadelphia in the running along with smaller cities like Nashville and Pittsburgh