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Transgender Troops Can Serve Openly

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the ban on open service of transgender troops will be lifted, five years after a similar ban on the open service of gay men and women was formally ended by President Obama

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Apple 'Interested' in Tidal Music-Streaming Service

Apple may be interested in buying the streaming-music service Tidal owned by rapper and entertainment tycoon Jay Z, reports say. Tidal’s connections to popular musicians and entertainers are appealing as it tries to grows its own Apple Music catalog

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Federal Judge Blocks New Florida Abortion Law

A federal judge put on hold key portions of a new Florida law that would block public funding for Planned Parenthood and greatly increase inspection requirements for abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood officials praised the ruling

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during a joint news conference with Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, not pictured, and Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, not pictured, at the National Gallery of Canada during the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

President Obama Signs Rescue Package for Puerto Rico

President Barack Obama has signed a rescue package for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday, in the hopes of stopping the territory of spiraling into a fiscal crisis

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Theresa May Gains in U.K. Leadership Race

Home Secretary Theresa May is gaining support in her party and in the right-wing press after positioning herself as the steady hand required to lead negotiations with the European Union after the U.K. voted to leave the bloc last week

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Serial's Adnan Syed Granted a New Trial

After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast Serial has won a new trial in Baltimore. Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999

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How the Russian ISIS Fighters Became a Threat in Turkey

Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union have contributed thousands of fighters to the terror group ISIS. Officials now worry that they may be striking back—first in Turkey, and eventually, their home countries

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Tesla Driver Killed While Using Self-Drive System

A Tesla owner died in a car accident in Ohio after the self-driving system, Autopilot, failed to prevent the car from colliding with a tractor-trailer. The company said this was the first known death in over 130 million miles of Autopilot operation

This frame grab from Tuesday, January 12, 2016 video by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency, shows detention of American Navy sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran. The 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after their two small boats allegedly drifted into Iranian territorial waters around one of Iran's Persian Gulf islands a day earlier have been freed, the United States and Iran said Wednesday. (IRIB News Agency via AP)

Navy Punishes 9 for Stumbling Into Iranian Hands

The Navy has ordered nine of its officers and sailors to walk a plank in connection with Iran’s seizure of two small U.S. vessels in the Persian Gulf in January. A lengthy chain of human errors and engine failure led to the incident

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Judge Blocks Mississippi Law Denying LGBT Equal Rights

A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage, ruling that it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people. The law would have allowed religion to be used as grounds to deny LGBT equal rights