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Democrats Block Move to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Democrats blocked a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood. The Republican proposal failed to reach a 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster in a 53-46 vote that fell mostly along party lines

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Obama Unveils Plan for Steeper Emissions Cuts

President Obama unveiled the final version of his plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, calling it a moral obligation as he warned anew that climate change will threaten future generations if left unchecked

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Delta and United Ban Shipment of Big-Game Trophies

Delta and United Airlines, the two carriers that offer nonstop service from the U.S. to Africa, have announced that they will no longer allow shipments of big-game carcasses and body parts following global outrage over the death of Cecil the lion

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Amy Schumer Urges Gun Reforms After Shooting

Comedian and actress Amy Schumer joined her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, in making an emotional call for more intensive background checks and increased government funding for mental health care to combat mass shootings

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Supertyphoon Hurtles Across Pacific

The strongest tropical cyclone recorded this year is headed toward Taiwan, Japan and eastern China in the northwest Pacific. As of Monday night, Supertyphoon Soudelor had rapidly strengthened into a Category 5 storm with peak sustained wind speeds of 180 m.p.h.

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50 Cent Declares $108,000 in Expenses Per Month

Rapper 50 Cent says in a Connecticut bankruptcy court filing he spends $108,000 a month on his expenses, including $5,000 for gardening. He has a monthly income of $185,000, mainly from royalties and interest on his investments

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Colorado Shooting Jury Doesn't Rule Out Death Penalty

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial declined to rule out the death penalty as they move toward sentencing James Holmes, finding his defense failed to persuade them to show him mercy after he was convicted of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in July 2012

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Science Explains Why Women Are Always Freezing at Work

In a new report published Monday in Nature, researchers found that most office building temperatures are set using a decades-old formula for a "thermal comfort model" that takes into account factors like air temperature, air speed, and clothing insulation