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Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans’ Trust In Local News

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Newly discovered aspects of Russia’s active measures apparently reveal an effort to exploit Americans’ greater trust in local news than in national news organizations.

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Abortion Rights Advocates Preparing For Life After Roe V. Wade

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Abortion rights supporters in Seattle protest on Tuesday against President Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the Supreme Court. Activists are preparing for the possibility that Kavanaugh’s confirmation could weaken abortion rights.

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Why Charlotte Is One Of Ben Carson’s Models For HUD’s Work Requirements

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson arrives to testify at a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill on June 27, 2018.

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Trump Unloads On NATO Secretary-General Over Defense Spending

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President Trump gestures while speaking to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during their bilateral breakfast on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium.

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Democrats Say Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Is A Threat To The ACA

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (from left), Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Pence met on Capitol Hill Tuesday, ahead of meetings with Republican senators. Democrats vow to challenge Kavanaugh’s nomination in upcoming hearings.

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Caught In The Extended Stay Motel Trap

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Many of Branson’s dozens of extended stay motels sit alongside the same main strip as tourist attractions like music theaters and theme restaurants.

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Death Toll In Japan Floods Reaches 148 With Dozens Still Missing

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A damaged car is seen stuck in the mud in a flood hit area in Mabi, Okayama prefecture on Tuesday.

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Medical Clinics That Treat Refugees Help Determine The Case For Asylum

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Juan Lopez Aguilar (left), a Maya man who fled violence in Guatemala three years ago, tells Dr. Nick Nelson he fears returning to the land of his birth. “There are a lot of gangs,” he tells the doctor. “They want to kill people in my community.”

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Brett Kavanaugh Supported Broad Leeway For Presidents Under Investigation

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to President Trump announcing his nomination in the East Room of the White House on Monday.

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To Repel Ticks, Try Spraying Your Clothes With A Pesticide Derived from Mums

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When ticks come in to contact with clothing sprayed with permethrin, research shows, they quickly become incapacitated and are unable to bite.

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An Indian State Bans Plastic Bags, Straws And More. Will It Work?

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Mumbai’s Juhu beach is strewn with trash at low tide during monsoon season. Floodwaters flush garbage out of the city and into the Arabian Sea. As tides ebb, beaches are blanketed in trash, much of it plastic.

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How Highly Focused Sound Waves Steadied A Farmer’s Trembling Hand

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Alan Dambach developed tremors that caused his hands to shake uncontrollably. His condition made it difficult to work on his family’s tree farm in Fombell, Pa.

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