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President Trump shakes hands with James Comey, then-director of the FBI, during a reception at the White House on Jan. 22.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:05

After it was leaked that he allegedly asked former FBI Director James Comey for loyalty during a private dinner, the president suggested there may have been "tapes" of their conversations.

Former President Barack Obama signed the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, surrounded by the families of two New York police officers who were killed in an ambush attack.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:37

Created in 2015, Blue Alerts are similar to Amber Alerts, but aim to catch people who threaten or harm police officers. The DOJ asked the FCC to add a special code to the broadcast emergency system.

The Supreme Court says a lower court erred in its guidance to a jury about the standard for stripping a refugee of her American citizenship.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:09

"We have never read a statute to strip citizenship from someone who met the legal criteria for acquiring it," Justice Elena Kagan wrote. "We will not start now."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined by other Republican senators, meets with reporters following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol on Tuesday.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:03

The Senate's long-awaited "Better Care Reconciliation Act" was written largely in secret, with even many Senate Republicans unaware of what was in it.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:03

Americans' relationship with guns is complicated and often contentious. But they do agree on restricting sales to people with mental illness or on watch lists.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, seen at a news conference last year. The Anglican spiritual leader says the Church of England "colluded" with one of its former bishops to hide the bishop's sexual abuse of boys and young men.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:26

The archbishop of Canterbury offered "an unreserved apology" for how the church handled a bishop's crimes against young men. The apology followed the release of a "harrowing" report on the incidents.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:10

Sigmund Freud thought dreams were all about wish fulfillment and repressed desire. But scientists now think they're linked to memory processing and consciousness. And they're often quite mundane.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:07

Senate Republicans have released their health care bill. They are hoping to have a vote before the July Fourth recess.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:29

The country's changing attitudes are highlighted by the annual dog meat festival in Yulin City. The government issued a ban on dog meat sale, then promptly reversed it.

Paul Spiegel meets children displaced by conflict in Ivory Coast in 2011.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:25

The way we offer assistance to people fleeing conflict no longer works, says Paul Spiegel, a former director of program management at the U.N. refugee agency. He has a few ideas about how to fix it.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:25

Asian and mixed-race people are the two fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Non-Hispanic whites are the only group to see deaths outpace births.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:39

The "ban the box" movement is designed to open opportunities to the tens of millions of Americans with some kind of criminal record.

Iraqis and supporters rallied outside a Detroit courthouse Wednesday as a hearing began on a lawsuit that seeks to stop the government from deporting more than 100 Iraqi nationals who were recently rounded up.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:27

Many of the nearly 200 Iraqis currently under detention are from the minority Chaldean Christian community, which faces severe persecution in Iraq.

Pemiscot Memorial, the public hospital in one of Missouri's poorest counties, depends on Medicaid funding to survive, its CEO says.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:45

Hundreds of rural hospitals are on the brink of closing. The House Republican health plan drastically reduces one of their key sources of funding and the Senate bill is expected to do the same.

Dead Canary Islands date palms, killed by red palm weevils, line a road in La Mersa, Tunis, Tunisia.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:00

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.


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