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How Apple paid just 0.005% tax outside US
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Dept. of Agriculture closes 6 offices after threats
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The US Department of Agriculture has temporarily closed six offices in five states after receiving several anonymous threats, USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said Tuesday.

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U.N. says 10,000 killed in Yemen war, far more than other estimates
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SANAA (Reuters) – At least 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s 18-month-old civil war, the United Nations on Tuesday, approaching double the estimates of more than 6,000 cited by officials and aid workers for much of 2016.

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Man traveling 30 states for ALS awareness
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US welcomes its 10,000th Syrian refugee
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The Obama administration will reach its target Monday of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by October 1, National Security Adviser Susan Rice announced in a statement.

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Hackers hit election data in 2 states
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Hackers have breached databases for election systems in Illinois and Arizona, according to state election and law enforcement officials.

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Opinion: Are drug companies overcharging?
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How much profit should drug companies make? The question might seem a little abstract, something that belongs in a business journal. But it’s one that is increasingly affecting all of us. That was abundantly clear in the wake of the latest price hike controversy to hit the headlines.

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Islamic State 'connected' to Bangladesh, says Kerry, offering security aid
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DHAKA (Reuters) – The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are “connected” to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, promising help with intelligence and law enforcement after a wave of militant attacks.

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Turkish army thrusts deeper into Syria, monitors say 35 villagers killed
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KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria on Sunday, seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers.

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FDA: Screen blood supply for Zika
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The Food and Drug Administration has recommended screening the entire US blood supply for the Zika virus, it announced today, noting that screening donated blood is already underway in Florida and Puerto Rico.

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Boaters rescued after writing 'SOS' in sand
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Two stranded mariners were rescued after a US Navy aircraft crew spotted three vital letters etched into the sand while flying over a deserted beach in Micronesia: “SOS.”

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1 year since news crew was killed on air
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On Friday morning the Roanoke, Virginia television station WDBJ will mark the one year anniversary of Alison Parker and Adam Ward’s deaths with a moment of silence on the air.

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Clinton's challenges in state Obama won twice
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Donald Trump continues to trail in key swing states, but that has not been the case in Nevada, a state that helped him clinch the Republican nomination.

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Vet's Suicide in VA Hospital Parking Lot Brings New Scrutiny to Agency
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The suicide of a 76-year-old Navy veteran in the parking lot of a VA hospital has raised new questions about the federal agency.

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US, Russia Renew Push for Elusive Agreement on Syria
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The United States and Russia on Friday renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria.

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Seagrass in Everglades National Park is dying
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Balancing on the deck of a National Park Service skiff over Florida Bay, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell held a clump of seagrass collected from the underwater meadow below.

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Surgeon general sends warning letter on opioids
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In the next few days, every doctor in the United States will be receiving this letter (PDF) from the US surgeon general.

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Navy Says Iranian Boats Harassed US Ship in Strait of Hormuz
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Four Iranian small boats reportedly harassed a U.S. Navy warship near the Persian Gulf, but no missiles were fired.

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Miami Beach mayor: DC needs to help on Zika
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With the number of Zika cases in the United States growing, the mayor of Miami Beach, Florida, says he’s frustrated that Congress still hasn’t passed a bill to help combat the virus.

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4 cases that could change the election
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Battles over voting rights are heating up in states that could play a critical role in the November election.

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Turkish military, U.S.-led coalition launch operation to sweep Islamic State from Syria town
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ISTANBUL/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria on Wednesday to wipe out Islamic State militants along the border with Turkey, Turkish officials said.

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Residency where marijuana is legal no reason for police search: U.S. court
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(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday said police officers cannot stop and search vehicles belonging to out-of-state motorists simply because of where they reside, including states where marijuana use is legal.

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Why don't more storms get names?
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In the United States, hurricanes are the only kinds of storms that get a name. Andrew, Katrina Ivan, Sandy. Other major storms — tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and blizzards — aren’t as special. The recent flooding in Louisiana caused damage on the level of a hurricane, but the storm had no name.

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Baby born in US with Zika-related complications
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Throughout her pregnancy, Maria Mendoza, who currently lives in Miami, anguished about her baby’s health.

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US service member killed in Afghanistan
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A US service member was killed Tuesday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, NATO coalition authorities said.

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Marine Special Operators Get Their Own Insignia Pin
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Operators with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command got their own insignia.

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Turkish military returns fire in Syria after shells hit border town: NTV
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s military returned fire at Islamic State targets in northern Syria on Tuesday, after two mortar shells from Syria hit a Turkish border town, broadcaster NTV said, citing the military.

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Toddler saved from overturned boat
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A life jacket, determined rescuers and an unlikely pocket of air kept a boat accident from turning into tragedy over the weekend, according to the Cocoa, Florida Police Department.

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Judge: US can't punish schools resisting bathroom policy
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A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring federal government agencies from taking action against school districts that don’t follow the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender bathroom policies in schools.

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U.S., South Korea begin joint drills amid tension after defection
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SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea kicked off annual military exercises on Monday, prompting warnings of retaliation from the North, as already-heightened tension on the peninsula has been inflamed by the defection of a Pyongyang diplomat.

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Lochte: 'I over-exaggerated'
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US swimmer Ryan Lochte told NBC’s Matt Lauer that it was his fault that a fabricated story about a robbery caused an international Olympics scandal.

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'Leave Pider Man to keep us safe,' flood victim's son pleads
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Austin Schexnayder had been scrambling for days to salvage what he could of his home after Louisiana’s historic floods. He hadn’t seen his kids in six days.

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US Cuts Military Advisers to Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen
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U.S. officials have regularly urged their major Middle East ally to avoid harming non-combatants in Yemen.

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US immigrant economy: More work, less pay
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Immigrants in America work more, search for jobs more and get paid way less than native-born U.S. citizens.

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Bentz: It was Lochte
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US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized Friday for his behavior with three of his teammates over the weekend at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, where police said at least one of the men vandalized the business and urinated on the premises.

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State Dept: Cash sent to Iran was 'leverage'
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The US used a plane filled with $400 million in cash intended for Iran as “leverage” to ensure that American prisoners were released by Tehran, a State Department spokesman said Thursday.

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US to surpass Syrian refugee admissions target
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The Obama administration expects to mark a major milestone in the coming weeks, admitting more than 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US within 2016 Fiscal Year, a State Department official told CNN Friday.

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Worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy
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The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross said.

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Pentagon: Prison Inmates Produced Thousands of Defective Helmets
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Contractors allegedly sold the Army and Marine Corps thousands of ballistic helmets made by inmates containing numerous defects.

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Trial Schedule in Question as Bergdahl Returns to Court
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An Army judge is expected to decide whether accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case was improperly influenced by a senator.

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S. Korean Military Exemption for Olympic Medalists Called Unfair
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Men who step onto the medal podium are exempted from the military service that nearly all young South Korean men, have to perform.

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Donations pour in for Baltimore 'Mom of Year' after house fire
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(Reuters) – A Maryland woman who won widespread praise for publicly scolding her teenage son during last year’s riots in Baltimore was made homeless by a house fire, but a flood of donations had poured in to help her by Wednesday.

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FBI sends Clinton email report to Congress
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The FBI is expected to send to Congress Tuesday afternoon a report the bureau provided to the Justice Department last month to explain why it recommended no charges in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, according to US officials briefed on the matter.

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Russia Gave US Short Notice of Syria Bombing Run from Iran
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The U.S. had short notice that Russian bombers were coming from Iran to hit targets in Syria, a U.S. military spokesman said.

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Wildfires force 4,000 to evacuate
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Four thousand people have been forced to flee their homes as a fire rages across Northern California

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14 police officers killed in ambushes this year
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Shooting deaths of police officers in the US are on the rise this year. It’s a disturbing trend in itself, but perhaps more disturbing is the most common manner in which these officers were shot: ambushes.

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Boy Scout Pocket Knife Helps to Identify Remains of WWII Marine
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Pfc. George Traver’s mother sent him the knife after he joined the Marines in 1942.

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