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Q&A: Trump wants to buy Greenland. How much is it worth anyway?

Trump shocked the world when he said he was serious about wanting to buy Greenland. Just how much is it worth, and how does climate change fit in?

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Newsletter: Today: The voter who goes to every candidate's rallies

One New Hampshire voter is trying to see every 2020 presidential candidate in person.

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Meet the voter who's trying to see every single presidential candidate in person

New Hampshire voter Cheri Schmitt has decided to see every 2020 presidential candidate in person. It's a long list.

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As China pushes in, Hong Kong's first ethnic minority social worker wants a future for everyone

Hong Kong has long shunned ethnic minorities, but some residents, especially the young, are embracing minorities and refugees as part of the enclave's non-Chinese identity.

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7 hospitalized after smoke fills cabin during flight from Oakland to Hawaii

Seven people are taken to the hospital after smoke fills the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines flight.

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2 Green Berets killed in combat in Afghanistan identified

The U.S. Army's Special Operations Command on Thursday released the names of the two Green Berets who were killed a day earlier during combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed in Florida

Killer Gary Bowles who targeted gay men executed in Florida

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We tried to contact China users blocked by Twitter and Facebook. Here's who wrote back

Twitter and Facebook suspended hundreds of accounts it said were part of a state-sponsored propaganda campaign against the Hong Kong protest movement. One user says he's a "Chinese patriot" but not a propagandist.

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Trump has remade the Republican Party, but at a price

Trump has remade the Republican Party, a new USC/L.A. Times poll finds. Nearly half of GOP voters want to move in an even more populist direction. But the change has alienated a significant chunk of Republicans whose support he'll need for reelection.

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Newsletter: Today: Where are all the wildfires?

A wet spring. A balmy summer. And now a relatively fire-free fire season.

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Craving for caviar is driving the Danube River's sturgeon to extinction

Rising demand from unwitting consumers, local greed amid a failing economy, weak controls and corrupt law enforcement are driving the Danube's last wild sturgeons to the brink of extinction.

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Is Trump relying on American consumers to save the economy from recession?

Worries of downturn prompt President Trump to hammer the Fed and consider tax cuts.

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Storming Area 51 started as a joke. But it's a mystery as to how many will show up

Will millions arrive at Area 51 in September to storm the gates? Nobody knows for sure, but government agencies are preparing for the worst.

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Rolls-Royces, Porsches and tantrums: How China's super-rich get noticed — the wrong way

China's rich drive Rolls-Royces and Porsches and are famous for road rage and selfish parking. But an army of netizens is watching.

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Violence by refugees and far-right extremists is darkening political attitudes in Germany

The mood in Germany has darkened this summer amid grisly killings committed by refugees and shootings by right-wing extremists.

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Op-Ed: Trump wants Guatemalans like me to stay home. Here's why so many don't

Guatemalans have been battered by corruption, narco violence and a changing climate that has hammered crops.

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Two top researchers leaving MIT Media Lab over its ties to Epstein

Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women.

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Texas executes man who killed college student in 1998

A Texas death row inmate who argued that his conviction was based on junk science was executed Wednesday for the abduction, rape and killing of a suburban Houston community college student more than 20 years ago.

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Many Israelis are worried about the state of the U.S. alliance

The notion that a United States president could question the loyalty of Jewish voters, or that a U.S. lawmaker could publicly hold forth about the Jewish state as a rogue nation antithetical to American values, had remained confined to the nightmares of Israel's most apprehensive leaders.

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Siberia just experienced wildfires on a staggering scale. Russia is rethinking how to fight them

Russia changed its policy on extinguishing remote forest fires four years ago. Now the Kremlin is considering changing the way it fights fires.

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After Trump backtracks, Parkland shooting survivors issue sweeping gun control plan

The Peace Plan for a Safer America plan calls on 2020 presidential candidates to tackle the issue as "a national public health emergency."

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As big cuts in foreign aid loom, State Department again endures resignations, turmoil

The United States' foreign policy and national security establishment is being roiled again by resignations, reports of partisan intimidation and looming cuts in foreign aid.

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Newsletter: Today: Trump's familiar gun control retreat

President Trump appeared open to gun sales restrictions following three mass shootings.

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Column: Jeffrey Epstein's so-called 'charisma' was a fairy tale we tell ourselves about powerful men

Illegitimacy only emboldens the followers of a charismatic leader. It worked for Epstein and it's working for autocrats around the globe.

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Op-Ed: Why so many Chinese students can't understand the Hong Kong protests

When I came to the U.S. from China as a student, my thinking had been shaped by Chinese propaganda.

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Turkey extends censorship rules to streaming services. Critics say political dissent is the real target

Turkey plans to censor Netflix and other media services to block images of drug use, nudity and other material considered immoral. But free speech advocates say the real target of the rules is political criticism that has all but disappeared from traditional media.

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Wedding attack's death toll rises to 80, Afghan official says

The death toll has risen in a Kabul suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State, as a U.S. envoy prepares to resume talks with the Taliban.

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Ransomware is everywhere — even in this sleepy Texas town

When a ransomware attack hit Keene, Texas, no one noticed.

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Trump says Jewish people voting Democratic show 'lack of knowledge' or 'great disloyalty'

Trump's comments came amid his ongoing feud with Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Muslim.

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It's looking like the end game for the revolution in Syria as rebels lose another town

The Syrian government's advance into the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which has been in rebel hands since 2014, constitutes a major blow to the opposition.

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Review: 'American Factory' manufactures insight into U.S.-Chinese collaboration

Netflix's 'American Factory' documents Chinese ownership.

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Hijacker shot dead after taking passengers hostage on a bus in Brazil

A man who hijacked a bus and had taken passengers hostage on a bridge in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was shot dead by a police sniper.

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Newsletter: Today: When police can — and can't — kill

With the signing of "Stephon Clark's law," California now has tough new standards governing use of force by police.

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Hong Kong's tough strategy against protests — and how it could backfire

Hong Kong and mainland Chinese authorities are toughening up tactics against protesters, but a defiant generation has yet to retreat.

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Trump plans to ship a fleet of F-16s to Taiwan. China isn't happy about it

President Trump has agreed to sell a fleet of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, which his predecessors, wary of China, had declined.

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Planned Parenthood to stop taking Title X funds rather than comply with abortion 'gag rule'

In response to a Trump administration rule, Planned Parenthood said Monday it will withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps low-income people access contraception.

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Elizabeth Warren at Native American forum: 'I am sorry for the harm I have caused'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology over her past claim to tribal heritage, tackling a political liability in the 2020 presidential election.

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A Mississippi church counts its missing after ICE raids: 'This is a very dark moment'

After the massive immigration raids in Mississippi, Father Roberto Mena has lost nearly half of his parishioners at his churches in the small rural towns of Forest and Morton. Workers' families and loved ones are flocking to St. Michael not just for devotion and prayer, but for comfort and counseling.

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Panic in the world's largest refugee settlement: 'I will kill ... my entire family if I am forced to leave'

Myanmar has approved the return of 3,450 Rohingya families, but none believes conditions are safe two years after the mass slaughter of Muslim civilians.

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Newsletter: Today: What two rallies tell us about the 2020 race

As Sens.

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A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have similar ideas but competing paths to 2020 victory

The Democratic primary offers progressive voters a choice between two heroes of the left, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Prince Andrew rejects involvement in Epstein sex scandal

Britain's Prince Andrew has rejected renewed suggestions he may have been involved in the alleged sex crimes of his onetime friend Jeffrey Epstein.

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Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana governor brought down by Hurricane Katrina, dies at 76

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the state's first elected female governor, refused to wallow in disappointment or disaster.

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U.S. sanctions on the high seas test European allies' patience

In the escalating tanker wars between the West and Iran, Washington is facing resistance from its traditional international partners.

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Wedding attack shows a U.S.-Taliban deal wouldn't end killing in Afghanistan

An Islamic State attack that killed 63 people deepened questions about the Trump administration's plan to withdraw from Afghanistan.

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Hong Kong protests: Hundreds of thousands spill out of pro-democracy rally and march across the city

After weeks of violent clashes with police, Hong Kong protesters gathered for a peaceful demonstration that harked back to the movement's beginnings.

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Portland tries to 'keep weird' as another far-right vs. anti-fascist faceoff unfolds

Portland police worked to keep the Proud Boys and other far-right extremist protesters separated from anti-fascist counter-demonstrators.

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Japan, Korea and the messy question of how to pay for historic wrongs

A downward spiral in relations between South Korea and Japan has spawned a trade war and ignited massive protests and boycotts in South Korea.

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Alaska records its warmest month ever; future records likely

Baked Alaska: The high temperature in July in Anchorage hits 90 for the first time ever, vast stretches of sea ice melt and fire crews can't be spared.

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Path to paradise? Alaskan village hopes to replace fossil fuel with water power

The Native village of Igiugig, population 70, runs on diesel flown in for as much as $7.55 a gallon. An underwater hydro project could change that.

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