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[edit] March 2017

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16Bannon tells Trump to keep a shitlist.
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50The American Health Care Act (aka Trumpcare or Ryancare) has been pulled.
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33Germany's cabinet has backed a bill to clear men handed sentences for homosexuality after World War Two under a Nazi-era law. Of the 50,000 convicted, Only 5,000 are thought to be eligible for compensation as most have since died.
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25In spite of church attendance declines, a network of theocratically inclined Christians is gaining a frightening amount of momentum and power.
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12Onionland is shrinking
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24Terror attack near British parliament, news in progress (expect updates). So far, 4 dead including suspect.
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33A recent study by North Carolina State University researchers finds that explicitly teaching critical thinking skills in a history course reduces belief in pseudoscience.
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23Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of State, said he "didn't want this job" and that he only agreed to take it because his wife told him to.
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24In Siberia, bulging bumps in the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas are believed to be caused by thawing permafrost releasing methane. Scientists believe that underground gas bubbles "can harm transport and infrastructure", and that craters "were created by explosions of methane gas unlocked by warming temperatures in the far north of Russia".
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24US bans electronic devices on flights for airlines from eight majority-Muslim countries, in spite of the fact that screening at the airport is the same for all airlines. UK will follow suit. Possible related reading: CEOs of Delta, United and American hope Trump will block Arab Competition. Free market, anyone?
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30Repeal and replace? It might as well just be repeal. Under the GOP healthcare plan, even fewer Americans will be covered compared to simply repealing Affordable Care Act.
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18David Rockefeller has passed away as of March 20th.
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48Donald Trump's approval ratings drop to 37% less than three months into his presidency.
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23Hungary accepts new immigrant: Nick Griffin, y'know, the former BNPer.
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27Florida man tries to burn store run by Indian-Americans in US, says they are ‘Arabs’.
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21Sheriff Clarke insults Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for getting beaten with a pipe, back in 2009, when he intervened between the pipe wielding man threatening a woman and her 1 year old grandson.
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29For the first time in New Zealand, a river has been given the legal status of a person. According to a government official: "it's no stranger than family trusts, or companies or incorporated societies".
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30Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings.
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34A Fox News poll reveals that Bernie Sanders, Planned Parenthood, and Obama's Affordable Care Act are the most popular politician or political item among the American public at the moment, outperforming the incumbent President.
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22DNA samples reveal that Aboriginals have been in Australia for about 50,000 years already.
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28US makes formal apology to Britain after White House accuses GCHQ of wiretapping Trump Tower.
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29Trump's budget proposal involves cuts across the board in science and health agencies.
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14Vietnam urges firms to stop YouTube and Facebook ads in an attempt to fight political dissidents.
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21There is no scientific evidence of a link between women's clothing and back pain, despite recent claims by the British Chiropractic Association.
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14Cyclists use GPS to draw a Goat
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23The Guardian: The Obama era so-called "Countering Violent Extremism" program (which name Trump wants to change to "Countering Extremist Islam") has in practice always targeted Muslims.
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16The web recently turned 28. To celebrate the event, its creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news. (his letter "Three challenges for the web" with multiple translations; the Web Foundation's strategy for digital equality)
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37 Pro-life, pro-family, conservative, Christian, married, Trump supporting, birther congressman caught with gay teenage hooker.
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20According to the United Nations human rights chief, the conflict in Syria is the “worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II”.
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40Climate scientists rebuke Scott Pruitt, incumbent head of the EPA, for his recent statements denying the reality of anthropogenic global warming and climate change.
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29Measles outbreak kills 17 unvaccinated children in Romania
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19In Australia, brewing company Coopers under fire for Bible Society marriage equality video. (everything but kangaroos: religion, politics, alcohol, gay rights, advertising, internet video, social media)
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28Scientists now know exactly how lead got into Flint’s water
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49Widower murders naturopath who told his cancer-stricken wife 'chemotherapy is for losers'.
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17US officially has "couple of hundred" boots on the ground in Syria.
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30According to a new study from Indiana University, increasing minimum wage would reduce teen pregnancies.
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26In a demonstration of how out of touch the elite of society are, board member of Tesco claims White men are an endangered species in board rooms, because 25% of Tesco's board members are female (and 100% of the board is white). He later tried to backtrack with "haha it's a joke"
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27In the town of Cuntis, Spain, a Catholic priest has been told off for riding on a carnival float dressed as Hugh Hefner and performing simulated sex with two men dressed as bunny girls.
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29 Park Geun-hye, daughter of brutal but efficient dictator Park Chung-Hee, has been removed from the South Korean presidency
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21Nike launches hijab for female Muslim athletes, misses chance to name it Nikeab.
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18Trump appoints gay man Ambassador to NATO
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39As Allah wills it, the Caliph has abandoned the battlefield and is on the run
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15Neanderthals were vegan stoners.
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14Medicine with a side of mysticism: Top hospitals promote unproven therapies.
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31Study finds no link between long-term playing of violent video games and changes in empathetic neural responses.
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4Trees' ability to store carbon in doubt after groundbreaking Australian study.
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13Telecoms operator Asiacell to offer free access to Wikipedia in Iraq. (press release from Wikimedia Foundation)
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20South Sudan will now charge $10,000 for an aid worker permit, despite the current famine and the promise of "unimpeded access" to humanitarian aid organizations.
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19Australian State of the Environment report warns climate change impacts could be irreversible. (official portal, downloadable reports)
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35As if Ben Carson being promoted secretary of Housing and Urban Development wasn't bad enough, the newly elected secretary of Housing makes his debut by claiming that slaves were immigrants coming here "in pursuit of prosperity and happiness."
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32Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull attacks Pauline Hanson's views on vaccination which experts and others also qualified as "dangerous and ignorant" and "hocus pocus pixieland critiques".
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35In a world first, a teenager with sickle cell disease (the first genetic disorder ever discovered; thought cronic and permanent) achieved complete remission after an experimental gene therapy.
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16Mass grave of babies and children found at Tuam care home in Ireland.
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19A United Nations independent expert is calling for additional oversight of traditional healers who use body parts in witchcraft rituals and so-called medicines. (maybe linked to this case and its outcome)
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18Milo was taken down by a 16-year-old girl.
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-12Sex wearable is coming, claims to track performance and detect STI.
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28NASA releases third edition of software catalog, granting the public free access to technologies for earthly applications.
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32European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans after the US refuses to permit visa-free travel for citizens of five EU-member countries including Poland and Romania.
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18US has boots on the ground in Yemen, reports say
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232 transgender women were killed in New Orleans in 48 hours
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27Muslim teen found hanged in woods near Seattle; family seeks answers
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15China, where "Internet is fully open", has released a cyber policy paper and aims to reach a "fair and reasonable global cyberspace governance system". (Full Text: International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace)
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23War crimes were committed by all parties in battle for Aleppo.
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17Sweden is to reintroduce military conscription next year due to difficulties filling the ranks on a voluntary basis.
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11Around 200,000 phone users in Ukraine's rebel-controlled eastern city of Donetsk were cut off from the rest of the country after armed men took over the offices and equipment of the main fixed-line telecoms company.
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18Study: Global warming means slower snowmelt. That's bad for places that depend on snowfall for its water because plants would use the slower-melting snow before flowing into rivers and reservoirs and it may have an impact on the annual spring runoff.
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-11State: Drilling health risk to residents low
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4Goat head found in cemetery
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13US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes
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18Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change restricting greenhouse gas emissions.
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25Nicaraguan Evangelicals get old school Catholic, set people on fire to remove demons.
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364.3 billion year old Canadian microfossils are discovered; they're being called "the oldest evidence of life"
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23A new study suggests that online psychological therapy is highly effective against depression.

[edit] February 2017

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19Four Mosques Have Burned In Seven Weeks — Leaving Many Muslims and Advocates Stunned.
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17Study shows how information sources affect voters.
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38Donald Trump: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."
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24Germany to boost army to 200,000 troops amid growing concern over Donald Trump's commitment to Nato.
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24Father of US commando killed in Yemen refused to meet Trump.
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22World Health Organisation says new drugs urgently needed to fight 12 bacteria families.
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19In South Africa, 1054 rhinos were poached in 2016, down from 1175 in 2015 and after a surge from 83 to 1215 between 2008 and 2014.
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38In response to public outrage, the Arizona House kills a bill that would have made it legal to seize the assets of protesters.
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25Literally scores of True American Patriots respond to Trump's call for a mass rally.
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18Palestinians create a new political entity.
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25A French historian who has regularly visited the United States for the past 30 years was threatened with deportation by an "inexperienced" immigration officer, who was looking really hard for a reason to deny entry.
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15An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year.
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17In Germany, preliminary official figures indicate that nearly 10 attacks a day were made on migrants in 2016.
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13It turns out that punching Nazis is a time-honored American tradition.
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18Homework for elementary school children is not linked to better academic performance.
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18Witches are trying to cast spells on Donald Trump and more than one supporter is praying and fasting in an effort to counter the magic.
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25Donald Trump says he will not attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
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20A South African court has ruled the government's plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was "unconstitutional and invalid".
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34Fox News digs itself deeper as it puts a fake Swedish "defense and national security advisor" with a criminal record on air.
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25Family Christian, the "world's largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise," is going out of business after 85 years.
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25Arizona Senate gives police power to seize assets of protestors
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28A man in Kansas shoots two Indian men in a bar, yelling,"Get out of my country!"
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27An Indian official used $750,000 of public funds to offer gold at a temple to "thank the gods".
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54The Pope says "an atheist is better than a hypocritical Catholic."
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41Astronomers discover that nearby star has seven Earth-sized planets, three of them at least being likely to support liquid water
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40Google delists NaturalNews and its subdomains from its search results. Mike Adams, predictably, loses it.
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15Iraqi & US forces retake Mosul airport.
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12Alan Colmes, Fox News pundit, is dead.
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17Invisible particles washed off from products like synthetic clothing and car tires account for up to a third of pollution by plastic.
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7India is seeing an alarming rise in caesarean section surgeries.
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21And the destruction of the few federal level LGBTQIA protection begins. (Dept. of Ed. Rescinds Obama-era rule on transgender students' bathroom use.)
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50Same-sex marriage policies are associated with reduced adolescent suicide attempts.
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29 Texas is probably going to be the next location for a future outbreak.
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29The Dutch House of Representatives has approved a bill to legalise cultivating marijuana.
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24Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan with 100,000 people facing starvation and a further 1 million people classified as being on the brink of famine.
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64Milo Yiannopoulos dropped from CPAC amid his pedophilia controversy. Edit:Simon & Schuster has pulled their book deal, as well. And he's resigned from Breitbart.
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31Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent was the lowest on a 38-year-old satellite record for the month of January.
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20Malaysia has recalled its North Korean ambassador.
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23The Detroit Free Press published an article on ChurchMilitant.tv.
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20Norma McCorvey, Roe in Roe v. Wade, dies.
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30One million Ukrainian children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
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35Small victory for sanity: Court overturns Florida's law preventing doctors from asking their patients about gun ownership.
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30Should presidents be tested for dementia?
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25Apparently we are in danger because we don't feel threatened, but that can be fixed with a holy war and reliance on 'facts and spiritual conviction' which couldn't possibly have anything to do with conspiracy theories. (sarcasm: fact or fiction? you decide!)
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26The Endangered Species Act may become endangered.
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30The release date for Milo's latest book has been pushed back by 3 months. Seeing a pattern here? His last 2 book projects mysteriously disappeared without trace, and his only published books to date - poetry books - contained substantial amounts of plagiarism.
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22A coastal region in South Africa is about to face water shortages.
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23The Australian financial regulator APRA officially recognizes climate change as a financial risk.
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30Goats can recognize their friends from sight or sound
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19Cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski has been fined and put under severe restrictions by the Texas Medical Board.
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33In Holland, paranoid racist True Hero Geert Wilders is the current frontrunner of the elections, with his party expected to get 20% of the votes. Virtually everyone else has sworn never to work with him, but him getting the largest vote would normalize anti-Euro and xenophobic sentiment throughout Holland, and encourage other ultra-nationalists throughout Europe.
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33France’s Marine Le Pen quietly pledges to end same-sex marriage.
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13U.S. airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas employed depleted uranium, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.
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21Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Withdraws, First Cabinet Pick To Fall
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20Hallucinations are more common than people realize, aren't exclusively symptoms of psychosis, and shouldn't be stigmatized.
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29Kellyanne Conway banned from show "Morning Joe" with the host saying,"I don't believe in fake news."
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16Dementia replaces HIV/AIDS at number 7 position in global list of leading causes of death. (WHO portal and data sheet)
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19Europe is affected by anti-migrant fake news and the German newspaper Bild has apologized for publishing a false report of mass sexual assault based on unreliable claims by 'witnesses'.
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17And now for a tinsy bit of lulz: there is an executive order on how to make executive orders. Trump violated that.
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10After several Republicans balked at supporting his nomination to Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder has withdrawn.
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14In South Sudan, a humanitarian crisis started in 2013 is still deepening, overwhelming aid organizations and putting millions of lives at risk.
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39Dear Kremlin: it's great that you're finally realizing that just because you can support an insane ideologue, doesn't necessarily mean you should.
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20In the ancient city of Palmyra, Daesh militants have destroyed two of Syria's most iconic archaeological monuments.
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23Librarians are protesting Trump's anti-immigration executive orders.
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29Teenaged former member of banned terrorist organisation is ordered to attend counselling after making pipe bomb - This leniency obviously has nothing to do with him being white and far-right.
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29Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has resigned.
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31Coders are volunteering time and scripts to save scientific data from being 'disappeared'.
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13The UN Security Council voiced strong opposition to the latest ballistic missile launch by North Korea.
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22Water pollution is more widespread than previously thought. Scientists have discovered alarmingly high levels of chemical contaminants in the deepest of ocean trenches on Earth.
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10The CIA just gave a medal to a Saudi Prince for his "anti-terror efforts". Despite the irony, this kind of stupidity is to be expected from the CIA.
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22The Intercept: Telecom companies team up with civil rights groups to support Donald Trump's culling of net neutrality.
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21Antisemitic incidents reached a record high in the UK in 2016. Interesting to note: of 236 antisemitic incidents showing clear ideological motivations, 162 showed far-right motivations, while just 12 showed Islamist motivations.
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18W3C is considering standardizing DRM-enabling technology posing potential security, legal and ethical challenges, and possibly redefining how we access the web.
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23Some people just "know" that reality is fake.
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19In India, local temporary Internet shutdowns for "security reasons" have increased in the past 2 years.
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23The National Security Adviser got his hand caught in the cookie jar.
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25Here we go again: Kentucky debating bill that would protect students' religious expression...and allow teachers to use the Bible.
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18Mencius Moldbug denies a report that he has been in secret talks with Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon
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25Trump flips his stance (again?) and backs One China policy in his first call with Xi.
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27Donald Trump 'to approve arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain' blocked by Barack Obama.
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32Trump's executive order for travel ban suffered a major setback on Thursday after a panel of three judges upheld a temporary restraining order issued last Friday to prevent the enforcement.
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21French Intelligence Agency Braces for Russian Bots to Back Le Pen
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23Children being born in the United States today have a near one in two (43%) chance of being born into households living on the brink of poverty.
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24The Guardian: Fact checking AI is having a hard time with Trump because he makes no sense.
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3The Guardian, "Fake news for liberals: misinformation starts to lean left under Trump"
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21Cutting off Internet access (to prevent "spreading false news") is becoming routinely used as an oppression tool in some African countries like Cameroon.
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35Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source. Rationalwiki was light-years ahead!
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21Elizabeth Warren is prohibited from reading a Coretta Scott King letter denouncing Jeff Sessions. Her supporters protest on social media.
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24ISIS calls Trump's travel ban "the blessed ban".
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17Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced bills to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education.
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27Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz discussed their diametrically opposing viewpoints on healthcare on live television. However, they agree to go after the pharmaceutical industry.
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20Syria conflict: As many as 13000 people hanged by Assad regime at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says. Witness reports that the victims were condemned to death in a two- to three-minute hearing.
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26Trump more or less singlehandedly saves an entire failing American industry, the mainstream media
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18For the second time in less than 2 months, India's Supreme Court authorizes an abortion at 24 weeks for medical reasons (there is a plan to extend the current legal limit of 20 weeks to 24).
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-11Most Europeans want immigration ban from Muslim-majority countries, poll reveals. A ban was supported by 71 per cent of people in Poland, 65 per cent in Austria, 53 per cent in Germany and 51 per cent in Italy.
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-22Betsy DeVos is confirmed as Education Secretary only after a tie-breaking vote from Mike Pence.
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-42In an effort to tackle the spread of HIV and AIDS, the Chinese government is growing support for home remedies.
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33A UKIP MEP has been ordered to pay a total of £196,000 to three Labour MPs after being taken to court for accusing them of being complicit in a campaign of child sexual abuse by taxi drivers in South Yorkshire.
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46Russian Academy of Science issued memorandum that calls Homeopathy a pseudoscience. UPD: Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (which has to combat false advertising) supports this point of view. UPD2: Russian Ministry of Health considers ban on homeopathic remedies.
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46A federal judge in Seattle said he would temporarily block enforcement of the President's ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States.
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15Citing its recent missile test and its support for rebels in Yemen, the US imposed new sanctions on Iran. President Trump said he would not be as "kind" on Iran as Obama was.
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35Betsy DeVos faces serious opposition from the American public as the new Secretary of Education.
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13The US economy added about 227,000 new jobs in January. However, wages on average are increasing very slowly.
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-24DAESH claims responsibility for a machete attack on a group of four soldiers at the Louvre. The attacker, posing as an Egyptian tourist from Dubai, was injured and detained. One soldier was injured.
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22 The Trump administration will cut white supremacists from counter-terrorism programme.
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20Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, has stood down from his role as an economic advisor to Trump due to fears that an immigration ban could damage the taxi industry, as well as the recent #DeleteUber backlash .
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35Protests erupting at UC Berkeley over Milo Yiannopoulos's plan to speak there. The event has been canceled.
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47A leaked draft shows Trump's forthcoming "Executive Order to Respect Religious Freedom" will allow widespread discrimination in services, employment, education and healthcare against same-sex couples, LGBT people, women who have or need an abortion, and even people practicing premarital sex. In other words, Trump wants to shove Christian sex ethics down Americans' throats.

[edit] January 2017

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53Reuters instructs its staff to cover the Trump Presidency the same way it covers authoritarian regimes in other countries where journalists are routinely shut out, censored and harassed.
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-35More Americans support Donald Trump's travel ban (49%) than oppose it (41%), poll shows. Also the poll finds 31 per cent of Americans feel 'more safe' because of the ban, compared with 26 per cent who say they feel 'less safe' A more recent poll suggests the majority oppose the ban and feel it makes the USA less safe.
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42Under Trump scientific data must be vetted by politicians before publication. It is feared inconvenient scientific data, notably data showing global warming is real, may be suppressed.
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38In a scene reminiscent of Richard Nixon's 1973 "Saturday Night Massacre," the acting US Attorney General orders the Justice Department not to defend the President's refugee ban. Update: The White House has fired Yates.
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63Donald Trump has hit a 51% disapproval rating in in just eight days.
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39Some interesting facts about which countries were banned by Trump; none of them have any dealings with Trump's businesses nor have had any citizens kill in the US in at least two decades, though he continues to do business in certain countries...
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29Gunman opens fire in Quebec City mosque, five reported dead. The mosque was targeted with vandalism in the past, including a hog's head left on the front door six months ago. (Link in French)
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27The immigration ban isn't the only concerning story involving the Trump administration right now.
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48 A federal judge has blocked Trump's immigration ban hours after it was signed.
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40Mainly due to continued rising distrust of government and government elites, the U.S. democracy score has fallen from 8.05 in 2015 to 7.98 in 2016, demoting it from "full democracy" to "flawed democracy".
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32Top State Department officials are resigning with very little notice.
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32A British woman rebels when required to wear high heels to work.
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39 After backlash, the USDA has lifted the imposed gag order on its research arm. (autoplay video)
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30 And so it begins. Trump has signed an executive order to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.
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17 North Korean defector claims Kim Jong Un's days are numbered.
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40 Multiple Trump aides report that the Loser-in-Chief cannot stand being embarrassed, in the form of various embarrassing stories about him.
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30Der Orangenführer selects racial gerrymandering defender to the Civil Rights Division of the federal Department of Justice, which has fought many racially based voting restrictions.
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25Beall's List of Predatory Open Access Publishers has vanished, apparently due to legal threats.
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30Theresa May: We will "take back our sovereignty" and ignore the Sovereignty of Parliament. Supreme Court: No.. Edit: The Daily Heil is outraged at these "elites" "showing their contempt for Brexit voters".
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17Der Orangenführer: social class segregationist at inauguration balls.
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43Republicans in 5 states have proposed anti-peaceful protest bills.
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9Meet Donald Trump... the tiny moth.
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50The Washington DC Metro (subway) confirms that the Women's March on Washington gave them their second busiest day ever on Saturday, second only to President Obama's Inauguration Day in 2009. By comparison, Donald Trump's Inauguration Day on Friday generated slightly fewer journeys than the average for a normal weekday.
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24Republicans have introduced a bill — the American Sovereignty Restoration Act — which would withdraw the USA from the United Nations.
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3Julian Assange's WikiLeaks wants der Orangenführer's tax returns.
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58Live coverage of the hundreds of thousands of protesters taking part in the Women's March in the US - and around the world. UPDATE: With US turnout numbers estimated at around 3.5 million people, this marks the single largest protest march in the history of the United States.vote poll=world15436>Live coverage of the hundreds of thousands of protesters taking part in the Women's March in the US - and around the world. UPDATE: With US turnout numbers estimated at around 3.5 million people, this marks the single largest protest march in the history of the United States.
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31Nine months ago, one of Dennis Hastert's sex abuse victims sued him for $1.8 million. (No surprise there.) In response, the former Speaker of the House has shown his victim his great big balls once again by counter-suing for the return of the hush money that he paid out over the decades. (No surprise there.) BTW, the molestation was uncovered when bank examiners traced all the money flowing out of Hastert's accounts.
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4Brexit: The United Kingdom can now charge a gambling tax over Gibraltar as they're both "one entity" regarding European Union freedom to provide services.
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23In the first trial of the year over terrorist organization National Action, a 17 year old Yorkshireman is charged with manufacturing explosives for an implied terror campaign in Bradford.
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74 Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence.
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12A proposed law in New Hampshire, intended to prevent false rape accusations, would reject victims' testimony (including children's) where is no corroborating evidence or prior convictions.
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54Inauguration desperation: the Trump team tries to shift surplus tickets by offering them for free and running paid Facebook ads that tell random users that "President-elect Trump wants to personally invite you." Even ticket scalpers are making a loss.
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31Dozens of U.S. Congress representatives are boycotting Trump's inauguration.
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22Trump attacks John Lewis on Twitter for boycotting his inauguration.
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26Just in case you forgot what kind of man Richard Nixon was...
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20Since the introduction of Shariah law in the Indonesian province of Aceh in 2001, Indonesia's conservative drift has led to calls for the wider adoption of Shariah law in the ostensibly secular country.
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19Tory Chancellor, Philip Hammond tries to use a threat of a post-Brexit UK as a tax haven as a lever against the EU in the Brexit negotiations. Eurocrats are probably whistling a tune along the line of "Guernsey, Jersey, Man, Bermuda, Cayman and the British Virgin Islands all look to London with a smile, a nod and a wink in return, dada dada..."Wikipedia's W.svg
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43Donald Trump's motto "grab 'em by the pussy" seems to be catching on: an elected Republican town official in Greenwich, Connecticut, has been arrested for grabbing a woman's groin, telling her "I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct."
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23Senate staffers overwhelmed by deluge of angry calls about Jeff Sessions and other issues
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26Some Republicans in Indiana and Idaho want to make abortion murder.
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36UNVERIFIED: Allegations arise that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during elections. Trump, Kremlin denies. Unlike Pizzagate, this report is not true (nor false) until proven otherwise.
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20Knights of Malta embroiled in scandal for distributing condoms in Burma.
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24James Comey refuses to tell Senate if FBI is investigating Trump-Russia links
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25Dylann Roof gets the death penalty.
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20New York Times: Indian Point, one of the longest-running nuclear power plants in the United States, is to be shut down in 2020, with no clear plan to make up the difference in power production with renewables.
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32June 2016, Sen. Tom Cotton: "Secretary Clinton and the Obama administration put four Americans... in harm's way in an area teeming with terrorists, without adequate security, and with no military assets within close range."
January 2017, Sen. Tom Cotton: Co-sponsors a bill with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to halve U.S. Embassy security, construction, and maintenance if the U.S. doesn't move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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22Talks to secure Cyprus reunification, 'best and last chance' for resolution, enter final stages.
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18Scientists watch growing Antarctic crack but are not alarmed
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21China starts 2017 engulfed by smog, issues pollution alerts.
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16Several UK companies have been linked to an Azeribaijan pipeline bribery scandal.
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29Low and middle-income students who are residents of New York will soon be able to attend state, city, and community colleges without having to pay tuition fees. Oregon and Tennessee have already covered the costs of community college for their residents.
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34Japan has virtually eradicated gun violence.
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19Israel denies immigration of 9 Venezuelan Jewish converts
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43German police quash Breitbart story of mob setting fire to Dortmund church; The fire was caused by stray fireworks, caught only netting covering scaffolding on church, and was put out in 12 minutes.
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12Official intelligence reports haven't confirmed Putin ran a campaign to help Trump. P.S.: however, the report contains nothing new and/or conclusive.
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16South Carolina's Department of Public Safety was offering Christian-based pamphlets to families of traffic fatalities. (Link contains autoplay video) After criticism from American Humanist Association, DPS says they'll drop the pamphlets and offer a secular checklist for those grieving.
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15A shooting at an airport in Florida has left 5 people dead and 8 people injured, with reports indicating the gunman is in custody.
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21Planned Parenthood launches a campaign to fight Republican attempts to defund it.
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22Milo Yiannopoulos has a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Shyster Schuster. Leslie Jones is pissed.
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3After 12 years at Fox News, Megyn Kelly moves to NBC.
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22India opens a chemical plant that makes soda ash from carbon dioxide gas extracted from a coal power plant nearby and what is currently the world's largest solar power plant.
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36With no warning, House Republicans curtail the powers and independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics, an investigative body created in 2008 after three members of Congress were arrested for corruption charges. Update: After Trump calls them out on it criticizes their "timing", House Republicans back down.
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32Trump's Press Secretary has begged the American people to stop mocking the Tangerine Terror.
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18Cannabis ingredient (cannibidiol) to be classed as medicine in UK


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