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Who's the Real Conservative?

Republicans surrendered the conservative position they have held for generations in nominating Donald Trump for president, opening a wide lane for Democrats to seize that ground. At the DNC, Hillary Clinton advocated for conservative leadership qualities

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Pope Francis Prays Silently During Visit to Auschwitz

Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people

North Carolina NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, center at podium, gestures as he is surrounded by supporters during a news conference at the Third Street Bethel AME Church in Richmond on June 21, 2016. The press conference was held to talk about the appeal before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on North Carolina's major rewrite of voting laws in 2013.

Appeals Court Strikes Down N. Carolina Voter ID Law

A federal appeals court has found that a North Carolina voter ID law was enacted "with discriminatory intent" and must be blocked. An opinion issued by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a ruling that had upheld the law

Brazil Continues Battle Against Zika Virus Ahead Of Olympic Games

Florida: First Cases of Zika From Local Mosquitoes

Florida's Department of Health believes that the transmissions of the Zika virus are occurring in one small area in Miami-Dade County. One women and three men were infected with the Zika virus in Miami-Dade and Broward counties

The Washington news conference of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is reflected in a specialist's screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 16, 2016.

Economy Grows at a Weak 1.2% Over the Spring

Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves

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Vaccine Rates Are On the Rise in the U.S.

In a study conducted by the medical news and information service Medscape, investigators report that 46% of parents said they were more accepting of vaccines overall, while only 12% were less accepting, and 42% say their view had not changed

Police investigators arrive near the scene where an officer was fatally shot and another was injured at a traffic stop late in San Diego on July 29, 2016.

San Diego Police Officer Dead in Traffic Stop Shooting

Two San Diego police officers were shot during a traffic stop late Thursday night, killing one and sending the other to surgery. Both officers were members of SDPD's Elite Gang Unit, and the one who was killed had a wife and children

President Barack Obama is joined by Hillary Clinton after Obama delivered remarks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Democrats Aim for Optimism Amid National Gloom

In parallel conventions, Republicans and Democrats spoke of the dangers facing the country in starkly different terms. President Obama listed accomplishments and promised a sunny future with a President Hillary Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden previewed an American 21st century

A woman buys a newspaper from a kiosk in Istanbul on July 28, 2016.

Turkey's President Cracks Down on Media After Uprising

In recent days the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued orders shutting down 131 media organizations, and issued arrest warrants for at least 89 journalists and other media personnel over alleged ties to the coup plot

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Bill Cosby Drops Lawsuit Against Sex Assault Accuser

Bill Cosby has dropped a lawsuit that demanded the accuser in his criminal case repay the money from their confidential 2006 court settlement. Cosby had sued Andrea Constand for breach of contract for speaking to police who reopened the criminal investigation

Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco on Nov. 9, 1977.

U.S. Navy to Name Ship After Gay Icon Harvey Milk

The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus intends to name a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler after the late San Francisco mayor, the first openly gay man to be voted into office in California and who was assassinated in 1978