Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives to speak about the release of the 2016 annual report on International Religious Freedom, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at the State Department in Washington.

US decries Islamic State 'genocide' of Christians, others

The Trump administration denounced the Islamic State group on Tuesday for carrying out "genocide" against Christians and other religious minorities in areas under its control.

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People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

White nationalist rally, violence rock Virginia city; 1 dead

A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, sending at least 26 others to hospitals and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly violent confrontation.

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Young America's Foundation's 39th annual National Conservative Student Conference, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Washington.

Pence slams report on possible 2020 presidential groundwork

Vice President Mike Pence has pushed back against a news report suggesting he is laying groundwork for a possible presidential bid in 2020 if President Donald Trump does not run.

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FILE - This undated file photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University.

Northwestern professor, Oxford staffer jailed in stabbing

Far from their prestigious campuses, a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford finance officer were jailed in the San Francisco area Saturday after eight days as fugitives sought in the death of a young hairdresser in Chicago stabbed repeatedly until the knife broke, police said.

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FILE - This Oct. 14, 2015, file photo shows the Food and Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md.

Doctor told to stop marketing 3-person baby technique

U.S. regulators on Friday warned a New York fertility doctor to stop marketing an experimental procedure that uses DNA from three people — a mother, a father and an egg donor — to avoid certain genetic diseases.

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With her defense attorney Joseph Cataldo at left, Michelle Carter listens to her sentencing for involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014.

Mom files $4.2M suit against woman in texting suicide case

The mother of a teenager who killed himself has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Massachusetts woman convicted of manslaughter for encouraging him to take his own life.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., accompanied by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Congress recessing, leaving much undone, tensions with Trump

Lawmakers scattered for their summer recess Thursday, leaving behind a slim record of achievements and a steaming President Donald Trump.

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Michelle Carter listens to testimony at Taunton District Court in Taunton, Mass., in Taunton, Mass.

Woman who sent texts urging suicide gets 15 months in jail

A woman who encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter.

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Anthony Scaramucci.

Scaramucci out of White House job as John Kelly takes charge

Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job — and just hours after former Gen. John Kelly took over as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff.

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President Donald Trump talks with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly during commencement exercises at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

New chief of staff takes over at White House come Monday

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is a battle-hardened commander who would bring a background of military discipline and order to President Donald Trump's roiling White House as the new chief of staff.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 28, 2017, after the Republican-controlled Senate was unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace

Trump threat: End health payments unless there's an overhaul

President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened once more to end required payments to insurance companies unless lawmakers repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law.

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Nick Rondoletto, left, and Doug Thorogood, a couple from San Francisco, wave a rainbow flag and hold a sign against a proposed ban of transgendered people in the military at a protest in the Castro District, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in San Francisco. Dem

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

Unmoved by President Donald Trump's proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they'll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative directive to remove them.

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Brian Pyle, owner of Pyle Transportation Inc., the Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas, speaks to reporters in Schaller, Iowa.

Troubled trucking firm faces scrutiny after Texas deaths

The trucking company linked to the recent deadly human smuggling case in Texas had promoted itself as an American success: a family firm whose hard-working drivers helped keep the U.S. economy running.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, arrives for a vote as the Republican-run Senate rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement.

GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare'

After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated Wednesday they don't have the stomach to repeal "Obamacare" when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject legislation undoing major portions of Barack Obama's law without replacing it.

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The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington.

Trump says transgender people should be barred from military

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures while speaking as Gov. Jerry Brown, left, listens before a climate bill signing on Treasure Island, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in San Francisco.

Schwarzenegger joins Jerry Brown as he extends climate bill

When Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California, he backed environmental legislation that led to one of the world's most closely watched initiatives in the fight against global warming.

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Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

O.J. Simpson had a 'conflict-free life'? Not really

When O.J. Simpson told a Nevada parole board last week that he's led a "conflict-free life," he seemed to overlook a few episodes that had him cycling in and out of courtrooms and jail cells for nearly 20 years before the Las Vegas hotel-room heist that sent him to prison in 2008.

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Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, right, blowing a kiss after answering questions during the press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington.

Trump's new message guru wants 'a more positive mojo'

President Donald Trump's new communications adviser says it's time to hit the "reset button."

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U.S. Navy, the USS Gerald R. Ford embarks on the first of its sea trials to test various state-of-the-art systems on its own power for the first time from Newport News, Va.

Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

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FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, Savilla Stoltzfus is led to a preliminary hearing outside Bucks County Magisterial District Judge John I.

Parents who 'gifted' daughter to man get prison sentence

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday sentenced a married couple to up to seven years in prison each for giving their oldest daughter to a cult-like figure who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters.

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Visitors sit on a tour bus in Tumon, Guam Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

Guam's tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

Tourists haven't been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words exchanged by Pyongyang and Washington. Chiho Tsuchiya of Japan heard the news, but she decided to come anyway with her husband and two children.

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