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  • The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved 4,000 more visas for Afghans who worked for U.S. forces as interpreters or support staff on Wednesday, an effort to preserve a program that had been at risk of shutting down. The committee included the additional visas in its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a must-pass piece of legislation
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    Published on 06-28-17
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  • The lawyer for a man charged with throwing a rock through a glass panel at the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston says her client suffers from mental health issues. James Isaac, 21, was held Wednesday on charges of willful and malicious destruction of personal property and willful and malicious destruction of a place of a monument. Police said Isaac
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    Published on 06-28-17
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  • One day before President Donald Trump's temporary ban on all refugees and travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries is scheduled to take effect, there is still widespread uncertainty about how the administration will implement it. The confusion follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that allowed the long-delayed executive order to take effect, but significantly narrowed its scope. It
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    Published on 06-28-17
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  • The Federal Reserve has given the green light to all 34 of the biggest banks in the U.S. to raise their dividends and buy back shares, judging their financial foundations sturdy enough to withstand a major economic downturn. It was the first time in seven years of annual "stress tests" that every bank assessed by the Fed won approval for
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    Published on 06-28-17
    3 hours ago
  • Less than a day after a monument of the Ten Commandments was installed outside the Arkansas Capitol, it was destroyed. Authorities said Michael Reed drove his car into the nearly 6,600-pound (3,000-kilogram) granite slab shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday. A video that appeared to have been taken from inside the car was posted on Facebook by an account in the
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    Published on 06-28-17
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  • First-time candidate Donald Trump got a late start on fundraising in 2016, holding his first big-ticket donor event only five months before Election Day. That won't be the case next time.   Some 40 months ahead of his next election, the president holds court at a $35,000-per-plate donor event Wednesday night at his hotel in Washington. About 300 people are
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    Published on 06-28-17
    3 hours ago
  • A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago.   The fire is burning in communities around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers)
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    Published on 06-28-17
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  • U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in Brussels, where he will consult with NATO allies on troop contributions and other support for Afghanistan, before announcing his own policy plan for the war-torn country. The Pentagon has promised a new Afghanistan plan by mid-July, and Michael O’Hanlon, a senior defense analyst at the Brookings Institution, expects the new plan will not
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    Published on 06-28-17
    5 hours ago
  • In the two years leading up to June 29, 2007, when Apple’s iPhone went on sale, company co-founder Steve Jobs and a select team were hard at work secretly designing what would become a global game changer.  The initiative even had a code name, "Project Purple." By all accounts, the project was pained.  Inside a secure room, a collection of
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    Published on 06-28-17
    5 hours ago
  • A former top diplomat in Republican U.S. president George W. Bush’s administration criticized President Donald Trump for being “unwilling to act against Russia” in retaliation for the Kremlin’s interference in last year’s election. Nicholas Burns, who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs in the Bush administration, told lawmakers, “I find it dismaying and objectionable that President Trump continues
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    Published on 06-28-17
    6 hours ago