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Iran detains two British tankers in Strait of Hormuz, raising new fears of military confrontation


Iran had vowed retaliation against Britain, which seized an Iranian tanker earlier this month


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Trump mutes his previous criticisms of 'send her back' chants


Trump goes back on "send her back" statement


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What's behind Iran's actions in the Strait of Hormuz?


Experts say what we've been witnessing is a game of tit-for-tat, in which Iran is flexing its muscles in the Strait of Hormuz in order to gain leverage in its disputes with the U.S.


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Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release


Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release


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Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler


Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler.


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Here's what to expect when Robert S. Mueller III testifies about the Russia investigation


Mueller's testimony will be televised, tweeted and contentious. It's not the first such hearing in the Trump era.


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War and peace are on the line in Ukrainian parliamentary vote Sunday


Ukrainians will go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament


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Can birds help connect North Korea to the world?


Amid missile tests and nuclear threats in recent years, longtime South Korea-based birder Nial Moores, who has made frequent trips to North Korea to study birds, explains the important role they play.


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Imagine 'Homeland,' if all the heroes were Iranian. That's 'Gando,' must-see TV in Iran


"Gando," a 30-episode paean to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, espouses a tough, no-negotiations worldview.


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Newsletter: Is This 'Making America Safe Again'?


The Trump administration has gutted programs aimed at detecting weapons of mass destruction.


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Alaska is reeling from budget cuts, even as governor wants to pay each resident $3,000


The cuts allow Alaska to pay each resident $3,000 a year from the state's famed oil fund


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A whole generation of migrant kids is languishing at the U.S.-Mexico border


A generation of migrant kids is languishing at the U.S.-Mexico border — pawns in an adult's dispute.


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Q&A: Rep. Ilhan Omar is a favorite Trump target. What's going on?


Rep. Omar was the target of "Send her back!" chants at Trump's rally. The congresswoman is a vocal critic of the president.


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Column: Why is Trump's consumer protection agency helping to promote H&R Block's credit card?


CFPB Director Kraninger speaks well of H&R Block's credit card, which she should be condemning instead.


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Trump seeks to disavow 'send her back' chant as Democrats call for more security


President Trump, facing sharp criticism from within his party, sought to disavow the "send her back" chant that echoed through his North Carolina rally.


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Trump's attacks on Ilhan Omar and other congresswomen are 'despicable,' Joe Biden says in L.A.


Joe Biden denounces President Trump's attacks against Ilhan Oman and other congresswomen of color a day after Trump supporters at a rally shouted, "Send her back."


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Column: How Obamacare brought health coverage to the people, in four amazing charts


These four charts trace the sudden improvement in health coverage for individuals in Obamacare


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L. Bruce Laingen, top U.S. diplomat held in Iran hostage crisis, dies at 96


L. Bruce Laingen was the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year


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Readers remember the Apollo 11 moon landing, 50 years later


We asked our readers for their memories of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing as it nears its 50-year anniversary. These are their stories.


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Kyoto Animation in Japan



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Japan anime studio fire: Man shouting 'You die' bursts in and sets blaze that kills 33


A man burst into a famous animation studio in Kyoto and started a fire early Thursday, Japanese authorities said.


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Times Investigation: Trump administration has gutted programs aimed at detecting weapons of mass destruction


The Department of Homeland Security has dismantled or ended multiple programs intended to counter WMD attacks, a Times investigation found.


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Newsletter: The Big Health Insurance Squeeze


Health expenses keep rising, and the middle class is angry.


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Federal prosecutors end hush-money investigation involving Trump


Federal prosecutors have closed their investigation into payments of hush money to two women arranged by Michael Cohen, President Trump's former fixer and lawyer.


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Ebola outbreak in Congo is now a public health emergency, WHO declares


The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in Congo is now a public health emergency. The U.N. agency was criticized for failing to say this before.


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Puerto Rico protests turn violent



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Bad Bunny, Ricky Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda want Puerto Rican governor out


Puerto Rican stars Bad Bunny, Ricky Martin and Lin-Manuel Miranda are calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello over leaked conversations.


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Trump touts 'ten year search' for Pakistani militant, but everyone knew where he was


Pakistan's arrest of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was widely seen as an attempt to smooth the way for Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Washington.


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Newsletter: The R-Word


The House voted to condemn President Trump's tweets directed at four congresswomen, but the divisiveness hasn't stopped there.


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Rising health insurance deductibles fuel middle-class anger and resentment


Middle-class Americans are bearing the brunt of the rise in health insurance deductibles and medical bills. That's helped widen political divisions.


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Column: Biden bets he'll find voters closer to the center


Joe Biden is going on the offensive, hoping that establishing his center-left credentials will win over primary voters.


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ACLU sues to stop new policy blocking asylum seekers at U.S.-Mexico border


The Trump administration said it would deny asylum to migrants who failed to apply for protection in at least one country they crossed on their journey north.


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House votes to condemn Trump's tweets as racist


President Trump's attacks on four minority members of Congress show he is returning to his 2016 playbook -- widening the country's racial divisions.


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Trump administration diverts Central America aid to U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela


Trump to cut humanitarian aid to Central American countries, despite the poverty there that is sending migrants to U.S., and give the money to favored Venezuelan opposition leaders.


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Esper criticized for industry tries, but appears headed for confirmation as Defense secretary


Trump's nominee for Defense secretary brushed aside Sen. Elizabeth Warren's call for him to recuse himself from dealing with his former employer, a major defense contractor.


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Column: With the debt ceiling fight, Congress and Trump are playing with fire -- again


That perennial childishness, a fight over the U.S. debt ceiling, is back.


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Sylvia Stottlemyer


Sylvia Stottlemyer, who was an Apollo crew secretary, later rose to the ranks of senior management at Johnson Space Center.


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Christine Darden: From 'computer' to engineer


After beginning her career as a "computress" at NASA in Houston, Christine Darden worked 40 years at the agency, researching supersonic flight and sonic booms.


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Apollo 11: 50 years since the moon landing



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The women who helped put men on the moon


As the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing approaches, the women who helped America's early space efforts reflect on their often unheralded roles — and the indignities they endured.


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Poppy Northcutt


Frances "Poppy" Northcutt became the first female engineer to work in NASA's Mission Control.


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'Go back to where you came from': Our readers recall racist taunts from their lives


After President Trump's racist tweets attacking four congresswomen of color, telling them to "go back" to the "places from which they came,"​​ we asked our readers if they had ever been told to "go back" to another country.


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Ethiopian Israelis protest after officer in shooting of unarmed man is released and faces lesser charge


An off-duty police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old Ethiopian Israeli in northern Israel on June 30 was released from house arrest on Monday after prosecutors reduced the charges he faces from manslaughter to involuntary manslaughter.


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Radiation in parts of the Marshall Islands is far higher than Chernobyl, study says


Think of the most radioactive landscapes on the planet and the names Chernobyl and Fukushima may come to mind.


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A Mississippi politician denied access to a female reporter. What is the 'Billy Graham rule' he cited?


Robert Foster, a first-term Mississippi state representative running for governor, declined to allow a female reporter to cover a campaign trip — that is, unless she brought a male colleague with her.


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Mauna Kea telescope project faces activist protests


Scientists hope the massive telescope they plan to build atop Hawaii's highest peak, a world-renowned location for astronomy, will help them peer back to the time just after the Big Bang and answer fundamental questions about the universe.


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Barry, now a tropical depression, soaks much of Louisiana while sparing New Orleans


Barry continued to soak Louisiana and Mississippi as it weakened to a tropical depression Sunday over Northwestern Louisiana.


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Leadership vacuum in national defense positions is making Congress queasy


When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor.


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Outdated software could make new voting systems vulnerable to hackers


Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020.


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India scrubs historic moon mission less than an hour before liftoff


Just 54 minutes before launch, India postponed a historic unmanned mission to the south pole of the moon on Monday due to a "technical snag."


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