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MAP: See size, shape of fires raging across California

The Kincade fire in wine country north of San Francisco has burned through more than 76,000 acres and was 60 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

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Pelosi presides over impeachment procedures vote, Nationals win first World Series, ISIS leader killed and more.

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Gerrymandering case could lead to laws invalidated, criminals freed, N. Carolina GOP warns

The issue is being taken up by the state Court of Appeals in a lawsuit brought by the NAACP over the disenfranchisement of black voters.

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WWE hosts Saudi Arabia's first women's wrestling match

"I couldn't stop smiling when this was announced. When I speak about women driving, or even just sharing space with men, these are rights that didn't exist when I was growing up," tweeted WWE's first Saudi Arabian wrestler, Mansoor Al-Shehail.

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Trump judicial pick breaks down when pressed on LGBTQ views

Despite Lawrence VanDyke’s stated commitment to treating gay litigants with respect if confirmed, some advocates remain skeptical.

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'An incredible victory': N.C. lawmakers close sexual assault loopholes

One loophole effectively prevented women from legally revoking consent during sex, and was part of a ruling dating back to 1979.

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New Jersey woman sues waiter for spilling wine on her Hermès handbag

The woman is seeking $30,000 for the light-pink luxury handbag, which has been discontinued.

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Indiana woman found dead with 8-foot python around her neck

There were approximately 140 caged snakes in the home, an Indiana State Police sergeant said, adding that no one lived at the residence.

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How to keep your houseplants alive

Do you keep killing your houseplants? Foster your green thumb with these expert tips for caring for indoor plants.

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Hearing concludes in licensing case for Missouri's only abortion clinic

A ruling on whether the state health department can revoke the license for Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic isn't expected until February at the earliest.

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Pastor under fire for marrying gay couple as Methodist schism widens

The Rev. Drew Ensz performed a same-sex marriage and could face punishment in an example of the ongoing debate over LGBTQ inclusion in the global church.

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2nd sister of NBA player Reggie Bullock killed in Baltimore

Keiosha Moore, 22, was brought to a hospital this week with gunshot wounds to her chest. Reggie Bullock's other sister, Mia Henderson, 26, was found stabbed to death in an alley in 2014.

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Small plane crashes along busy road, killing at least two people

The plane clipped the top of an SUV before it hit a pole and went up in flames.

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Does Congress hold power over Puerto Rico through racist, outdated rulings?

The Supreme Court's Insular Cases use language like "savage and restless people" and should not be the basis for current cases around Puerto Rico, a resolution argues.

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Heavy fighting persists near Turkish border in Syria safe zone

"It's clear that Turkey has no intention of halting attacks," a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said Thursday.

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Defiant Trump blasts 'Impeachment Hoax' as House votes

The president has been working to shore up support from Republicans, meeting with more than 60 members in recent weeks.

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Groom accused of assaulting bridesmaid charged with attempted rape

The prosecutor said that the bridesmaid "had to take some time to come to terms with the horrible things that had happened to her during the course of this episode."

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Missing 14-year-old Virginia girl found safe; man arrested

Isabel Hicks vanished from her home in Bumpass on Oct 21. Her alleged abductor Bruce Lynch has been arrested.

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'White Pearl' turns to black comedy to explore skin-lightening trends

With six main characters of different Asian backgrounds, “White Pearl” examines the obsession over porcelain complexion and intra-race discrimination.

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'Pitch black': Disabled California seniors left behind in power outage

"There was nothing, nothing lit," said Pamela Zuzak, 70, who uses a walker to get around. "It was like going into a darkroom closet, pitch black, you couldn't see in front of you."

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Chicago teacher strike ends, classes to resume Friday

Teachers didn't get everything they wanted, "but it’s not a day for photo-ops and victory laps," the union president said.

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Jack Dorsey vs. Mark Zuckerberg: Why the clash of the tech titans matters

Analysis: The friction between two of tech’s best-known leaders underscores a growing split in how tech companies see the need to handle politics and misinformation.

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Doctors use wine hack to free boy's tongue stuck in bottle

The memory of opening a wine bottle without a corkscrew was the trick to freeing the little boy.

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Twitter to stop accepting political ads

Facebook is currently embroiled in a debate over its decision to allow political campaigns to push ads containing misinformation.

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Former MLB star Josh Hamilton turns himself in on warrant for injury to a child

The former Texas Rangers outfielder allegedly assaulted his eldest child in a Sept. 30 incident that was investigated by child protective services.

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Democrat accuses immigration chief of pursuing 'white supremacist ideology'

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Ken Cuccinelli was pursuing a "heinous white supremacist ideology at all costs, even if it means making critically ill children your collateral damage."

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Republicans slam Dems as committee readies impeachment resolution for floor vote

"It's really nothing more than a fishing expedition," one GOP lawmaker said of some of the committees involved.

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Ex-gays descend upon D.C. to lobby against LGBTQ rights

Despite federal hate crimes data and academic research to the contrary, the “formers” question the existence of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

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Having trouble forgiving a loved one? Ask yourself these questions

This week on the Modern Ruhles podcast: forgiveness. Holding a grudge can take a toll on your emotional and physical health.

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How a fecal transplant led to a patient's death

“We wanted to set the record straight,” one of the doctors involved in the clinical trials said.

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'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek raises awareness about pancreatic cancer in PSA

The "Jeopardy!" host revealed he was battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer in a YouTube video in March.

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Chile cancels global climate, economic summits amid deadly protests

Pres. Sebastián Piñera said he was forced to call off both events due to the chaos unleashed by 12 days of protests that have left over a dozen people dead.

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New lawsuit alleges Juul sold 1 million contaminated pods

The company's CEO allegedly said half of its customers would be too "drunk and vaping" to notice.

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Spelman first HBCU to create chair in queer studies

The endowed chair will be named after civil rights activist and poet Audre Lorde.

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Fiat Chrysler looking to merge with Peugeot after failed talks with Renault

The two potential partners need to fill gaps in their portfolios — and both need help in China, the world’s largest automotive market.

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How to keep your pet safe and stress-free this Halloween

Candy, costumes and trick-or-treating is fun for humans, but it can be rough for your pet. Veterinarians weigh in on how to keep dogs and cats safe this Halloween.

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Three must-read books for runners (and wannabe runners)

Training for a marathon — or just thinking about it? These new books help runners get started, bounce back from injuries and understand the role (and evolution) of running shoes.

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Is it just as easy to own an electric vehicle as a traditional gas-powered one?

Three key obstacles have prevented mass adoption of electric vehicles: limited range, a lack of a public charging network, and high prices. But that's all changing.

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In Ukraine, leaders struggle to keep their heads down amid U.S. impeachment circus

Dogged by questions about the scandal roiling Washington, Ukrainian officials are trying their best to ignore the spectacle and focus on domestic issues.

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Trump's Facebook ads slam 'illegals,' but Spanish ones don't mention that

While English ads focus on curbing illegal immigration, Spanish ads focus on merchandise and warning of Venezuelan socialism.

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Kevin Hart's appreciation for life is 'through the roof' after devastating crash

The September crash in Malibu, California, left Hart with three fractures in his spine.

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New York City expected to pass bill banning foie gras

The bill would impose a $1,000 fine and up to one year behind bars on any restaurateur or grocery store owner who sells foie gras.

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University investigating multiple reports of video voyeurism in dorms

"I got the email this morning when I was about to take a shower and, uh, I'm not doing that now," said one student at the University of Rhode Island's campus in Kingston.

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House lawmakers vow to secure U.S. visas for Syrian Kurds after Trump's troop pullout

The move comes after President Trump faced condemnation from both sides of the aisle over his plans to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

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Fast-moving fire north of L.A. forces evacuation of Reagan Library

The Easy fire in Simi Valley was reported about 6 a.m. Wednesday, and by the afternoon it had burned at least 1,400 acres.

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Ilhan Omar faces blowback after voting 'present' on Armenian genocide resolution

Armenian advocacy groups expressed dismay that Omar did not back the measure, which overwhelmingly passed the House by a 405-to-11 margin.

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California fire crews race to beat the next round of fierce winds

Powerful gusts up to 70 mph are forecast for Wednesday, spurring firefighters to knock down as many flames as possible beforehand.

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NCAA takes steps to allow college athletes to cash in on their fame

The NCAA board voted to begin a process that would let college athletes “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.”

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Gender reveal parties are a bad idea. It needn't take a woman's death to see it.

At some point, this all feels like it's less about the baby and far more about the parents loudly pledging public allegiance to gender norms.

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Teens use 'OK boomer' to fire back at older generations' criticisms

“A boomer is really more of a type of personality, someone who is intolerant to new ideas and who is ignorant to new ideas,” one teen said.

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Business's Halloween display of Trump holding Obama's head sparks outcry

"It was a Halloween decoration that I guess went too far," Quality Coatings owner Dave Huff said.

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Amazon will now deliver your grocery order for free

The e-commerce giant is putting Instacart, Walmart, and Target on notice.

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Family of British teen killed in collision with wife of U.S. diplomat to sue Trump administration

“The Trump Administration is not only hellbent on breaking international laws, rules and conventions on diplomatic immunity, but they have no care or concern for the welfare of Harry’s family,” the family's lawyer said.

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A man allegedly asked a nurse to help him die. Now, the nurse is charged with murder.

Matthew Peter Sokalski was found dead in a California hotel room in April 2018. Kristie Jane Koepplin, of Peoria, Arizona, pleaded not guilty.

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'Extreme haunted' house is 'torture chamber' in disguise, says petition to close it

The owner of McKamey Manor said he's a "straight-laced conservative guy" who runs "this crazy haunted house that people think is this torture factory ... All of these things that it’s not."

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Trump says U.S. has killed al-Baghdadi's top successor

The president was speaking about the death of ISIS spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a U.S. official confirmed Tuesday.

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AG Barr issues 2 decisions limiting ways immigrants can fight deportation

The decisions make it harder for people with old, low-level criminal convictions or multiple drinking and driving offenses to fight deportation.

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Trump got booed at the World Series. But guess what — 'civility' won't fix America.

"Lock him up" chants aren’t the starting or ending point for this epoch of American history. But the reaction to this event is illustrative.

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A holiday classic gets a #MeToo reboot

The new PC version of the Christmas classic is sung as a duet by Legend and fellow Voice coach Kelly Clarkson.

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Former refugee faces deportation to country he's never visited

While Philya Thach had regularly checked in with ICE for the past 20 years with no issues, agents stormed his home in California earlier this month without a valid warrant, his daughter said.

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Boeing CEO grilled by lawmakers for first time since Max 737 crashes

When asked if he would resign, Muilenburg told reporters, "Those aren’t discussions I’m involved in. We have important work to do for the world."

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The travel website you're using says there's 'only 1 room left' — is that legit?

Despite warnings about low availability on hotel booking sites, researchers found there were plenty of rooms left.

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On the 50th anniversary of the birth of the internet, technologists balance optimism and warnings

The Pew Research Center surveyed 530 technologists, researchers, activists and business and policy leaders about how people might be affected by changes in the internet over the next 50 years.

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Can your cereal help reverse climate change? These companies think so.

Regenerative agriculture works to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil, but there’s an ongoing debate on how much carbon can be stored there and for how long.

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NASA shares spooky space photos just in time for Halloween

The agency posted images of a celestial phenomenon that looked like a galactic ghoul and the sun resembling a menacing jack-o'-lantern.

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Taco truck in Buffalo apologizes for apologizing for serving ICE workers

"We make tacos not war. We serve all communities," said Pete Cimino, one of Lloyd's owners. "We go to all neighborhoods. We are not political."

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Kevin Spacey won't be charged for sexual battery after masseur making allegation dies

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said that the allegations against Spacey could not be proven without the the masseur's participation.

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Climate change is causing 'eco-anxiety' ― here's what we can do

The emotional toll of climate change is real, but there are ways to cope and be part of the solution.

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Almost 30 percent of bi women, trans people live in poverty, report finds

Gay men and lesbians were found to have similar poverty rates to their straight counterparts.

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Flames engulf Los Angeles hillside, threaten the famed Getty Center museum

Black smoke hovered over Southern California's most congested commuter corridor as more than 600 acres are consumed by the fire.

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Why did Microsoft fund an Israeli firm that surveils West Bank Palestinians?

Microsoft committed to protecting democratic freedoms. Then it funded an Israeli facial recognition firm that secretly watched West Bank Palestinians.

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Former Boston College student charged in boyfriend's suicide

Prosecutors allege that Inyoung You of South Korea told Alexander Urtula hundreds of times to kill himself and sent him more than 40,000 texts in the months before he died.

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Toddler of country singer Ned LeDoux dies in choking accident

The "Forever a Cowboy" singer said his daughter Haven died at home on Oct. 20 "due to a tragic choking accident."

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The losers' club: Why miserable Dolphins, Knicks and Redskins fans can't look away

How to explain why fans stick with a team even when it loses at a record-setting clip? Psychology can help.

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Court throws out North Carolina's congressional district maps

The ruling said that the maps were "drawn in violation of our North Carolina Constitution."

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Illness linked to tick bite kills ex-N. Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan at 66

Hagan died after a three-year battle with encephalitis, which had been caused by Powassan virus, her family said.

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Family 'inadvertently' created a pipe bomb at fatal gender reveal

"This is a reminder that anytime someone mixes these things, there is a high potential for serious injury or death," the Marion County sheriff said.

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Re-election runway: What U.S. airports can tell us about Trump's 2020 chances

Analysis: A high-altitude way of looking at America's political divide and what it means for Democrats.

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Body camera footage shows officer fatally shoot California man who dropped gun

The officer, who fired at the man five times, is no longer with the San Bernardino Police Department.

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Trump releases photo of dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid

The dog, whose name is classified, was chasing al-Baghdadi in a tunnel when the ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest.

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Johnson election bid fails, E.U. delays Brexit to end of January

Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call to hold an early election as a way of breaking the political deadlock over the country's stalled departure from the E.U.

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Robert Evans, 'Chinatown' producer and former Paramount chief, dies at 89

Even though Hollywood history is filled with colorful characters, few can match the tale of Evans, whose life would seem far-fetched if it were fiction.

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City bus swallowed by sinkhole in downtown Pittsburgh

Authorities expect it will take hours to extract the bus as crews attempt to turn off power lines directly beneath the bus.

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Suspect arrested in shooting at Texas homecoming party that killed 2

Brandon Ray Gonzales, 23, of Greenville, Texas, was taken into custody and charged with capital murder, Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said Monday.

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After being outed, lesbian teacher is fired from Christian school

Most states across the U.S. have no laws explicitly prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Tennessee students say they were kicked out of frat party for being gay

The students were allegedly subjected to homophobic slurs while physically being removed from the off-campus event.

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Stepdaughter of UFC fighter reported missing in Alabama

Aniah Haley Blanchard, of Auburn, Alabama, was last heard from on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, when she spoke to a friend just before midnight. Her Honda CR-V was found at a Montgomery, Alabama apartment complex on Friday. Aniah is the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris. The Auburn and Montgomery police departments are investigating.

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Having a dog can be good for your heart. Here's how to look after theirs.

Here's how to keep your dog's ticker in tip-top shape.

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Ex-MSU president who allegedly lied to police about Larry Nassar can go to trial, judge rules

Ex-Michigan State University president Lou Ann Simon faces up to four years in prison.

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Schools so broken they violate student rights? This Detroit lawsuit could be 'earth-shattering'

"Every school in the country would be affected," one expert said. "There could be a lot of litigation."

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It seems impossible to organize all your financial and digital information — it's not

Trying to prepare for the just-in-case may seem impossibly complicated — it's easier than you think.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: There's 'much more' to do to help LGBTQ youth

Cook, who came out publicly in 2014, was honored as an advocate for LGBTQ youth at the 15th annual GLSEN Respect Awards ceremony.

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California Rep. Katie Hill resigns over allegations of affair

"It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress," Hill tweeted Sunday.

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Hurricane-force winds intensify California wildfires as nearly 200,000 evacuate

Hurricane-force winds, some with gusts topping 100 mph, sent multiple wildfires hurtling across California, leading to a statewide emergency.

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John Conyers, longest serving black congressman, dies at 90

The former U.S. representative's reliably liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in DC and back home in Detroit, despite scandals.

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Here's the price Mitt Romney is paying for standing against Trump

The Senate's most outspoken GOP critic of the president finds his motives are questioned, and worse.

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How we can defeat violent white supremacy — and why we probably won't

Violent white supremacy is being carried out and encouraged by a global network. We need a 9/11-style plan to deal with this metastasizing threat.

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Sex-selective abortions: Reproductive rights pitted against gender equality

Critics say the bans are "anti-abortion ruses" rooted in an effort to racially profile Asian American and Pacific Islander women.

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Kelly Clarkson wants to be your new favorite daytime host. And she might do it.

Clarkson has conquered "American Idol," the pop charts and "The Voice." Can she win over America's daytime fans, too?

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John Kelly: I told Trump a 'yes man' would get him impeached

The president said his former chief of staff told him no such thing, and if he had, he would have "thrown him out of the office."

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'SNL' takes aim at Trump's Colorado wall

"Hello, New Mexico," Trump says in the comedy sketch, "by far my favorite Mexico."

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New Mexico funds progressive policy through fracking

New Mexico's tuition-free college plan would be among the most progressive in the country. But student activists say it relies too much on money from oil.

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Quick and easy meatless meals even carnivores will love

Lose the meat, not that savory flavor, with these burgers, burritos, pulled “pork,” and more

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Biden says Trump is 'an idiot' for calling Russian election interference a 'hoax'

"The Russians don't want me to be president and Trump doesn't want me to be the nominee," Biden said.

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Samsung's 'Space Selfie' falls out of sky, lands on Michigan couple's property

"We realized it had fallen from the sky," the woman who found the device said. "It looked like a satellite."

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Dallas police officer shoots own son after mistaking him for intruder

The officer shot his son in his right forearm. The injury did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

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Iowa woman killed by gender reveal party explosion

The woman, 56, was struck by debris from an explosion at a gender reveal party in Knoxville, Iowa. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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At least two people killed, 16 injured after shooting at Texas homecoming party

The shooting took place at a homecoming party near Texas A&M Commerce in Greenville, Texas, police said. A suspect remains at large.

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Facebook announces effort to partner with media to promote journalism

“It’s the first time we’re forming long-term stable relationships, partnerships, with a lot of publishers,” CEO Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

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Diplomat offers details on ouster of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

During testimony in the impeachment inquiry, Phillip Reeker corroborated what others have said, sources said Saturday.

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Lights begin going out in California as fires roar, force more from homes

More than 2 million people could be in the dark from the precautionary power outages as hurricane-level winds were expected in some parts of Northern California.

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Craft brewery sued for race discrimination sees diversity chief resign

Founders Brewing Co. is being sued by a former employee, who is black. Tracy Evans alleges in the suit that he was called the N-word and denied a promotion because of his race.

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Quick and easy meatless meals even carnivores will love

Lose the meat, not that savory flavor, with these burgers, burritos, pulled “pork,” and more

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2 Southwest pilots accused of livestreaming from inside plane bathroom

The airline said it does not place cameras in the bathrooms of its planes, and attorneys for the pilots denied in court that they engaged in livestreaming from any plane's restrooms.

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FBI joins search for 14-year-old girl believed abducted from her home

Isabel Hicks was last seen by her sister in their shared bedroom. She is considered to be an "endangered missing juvenile."

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Hate Washington? Don't take it out on the Nationals!

Houston’s behavior has a lot of people wanting to get on the Nationals bandwagon. The only problem might be seeing who else is riding next to you.

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U.S. military convoy crosses border into northeastern Syria