Merrit Kennedy

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U.S. Soldier Killed, 2 Others Wounded In Southern Afghanistan

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A 19-year-old U.S. soldier, Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, has been killed in an attack in Helmand province while taking part in counterterror operations. Two other service members were injured.

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Florida Governor Schedules An Execution After Year And A Half Hiatus

Monday, July 03, 2017

Executions have been on hold in Florida since the Supreme Court deemed parts of the state's sentencing procedure unconstitutional in January 2016. Mark Asay is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 24.

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How Frogs Benefited From The Dinosaurs' Extinction

Monday, July 03, 2017

Frogs are "master survivors," able to take advantage of the ecological vacuum left behind by extinct animals. Scientists say 9 in 10 frog species descended from three surviving frog lineages.

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Fearing Thailand's New Restrictions, Tens Of Thousands Of Migrant Workers Flee

Monday, July 03, 2017

New labor regulations, in which workers without proper documents face prison time, prompted the sudden exodus. It could cause a labor shortage. The government put the law on hold for 120 days.

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Syrian Civilians Exposed To Sarin In April Attack, International Watchdog Says

Friday, June 30, 2017

The finding is consistent with experts' suspicions. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons stopped short of saying who was responsible. The U.S. blames the Syrian regime.

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French Politician Simone Veil, Holocaust Survivor And Abortion Pioneer, Dies At 89

Friday, June 30, 2017

Veil was widely revered across the political spectrum. "May her example inspire our countrymen, who will find in her the best of France," French President Emmanuel Macron said.

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U.S.-Backed Forces Surround ISIS 'Capital'

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It's a major step in the fight to push ISIS out of the Syrian city of Raqqa. The U.N. says there are up to 100,000 civilians still trapped in the city.

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French Bank BNP Paribas Accused Of Complicity In Rwandan Genocide

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Three civil society organizations in France have filed a lawsuit against French banking giant BNP Paribas, accusing it of complicity in the 1994 genocide that killed more than 800,000 people.

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Federal Appeals Court Paves Way For Ohio To Resume Lethal Injections

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It was a contentious decision that split the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges in an 8-6 vote. A lower court had halted executions. The judges focused on the effects of the sedative midazolam.

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Confusion In Venezuela After Helicopter Attack On Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

President Nicolas Maduro is calling it a terrorist attack, but there's a lot of confusion about who was behind the dramatic incident. Maduro's opponents suggest it was an inside job.

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3 Chicago Police Officers Accused Of Cover-Up In Killing Of Laquan McDonald

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Cook County grand jury indictment alleges that the three police officers were at the scene of the killing and worked together to conceal crucial facts in order to protect a fellow officer.

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China Back On State Department List Of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In its latest annual report on the global state of human trafficking, the State Department has issued highly public criticism of China — a move that could increase tensions between China and the U.S.

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Majority Of Global Poll Respondents Find Trump Arrogant, Dangerous

Monday, June 26, 2017

At the end of Obama's term, 64 percent of respondents said they were confident in the U.S. president, compared to 22 percent now. Now only two countries' respondents prefer Trump over Obama.

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High Court To Hear Case Of Cake Shop That Refused To Bake For Same-Sex Wedding

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver says a state law compelling him to produce wedding cakes for gay couples violates his right to free speech.

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Supreme Court Sends Cross-Border Shooting Case Back To Lower Court

Monday, June 26, 2017

Can the family of a slain Mexican teenager sue the federal agent who shot him from across the U.S.-Mexico border? The case tests a long-held doctrine called a Bivens action.

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North Carolina Televangelist Indicted On Charges Of Tax Crimes

Friday, June 23, 2017

The televangelist and author of books on faith and finances has allegedly carried out various forms of tax fraud for more than a decade, according to a grand jury's indictment.

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Judge Declares Mistrial, Again, In Cincinnati Police Shooting Case

Friday, June 23, 2017

Jurors couldn't agree on a verdict in the murder and manslaughter case against former police officer Ray Tensing over his fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015.

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Bill Cosby Is Planning Town Halls About Sexual Assault And The Law, Spokesman Says

Friday, June 23, 2017

"This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today," a spokesman for the comedian said. "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying."

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Brendan Dassey Of 'Making A Murderer' Wins Federal Appeals Court Case

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dassey should be released unless the state of Wisconsin decides to retry him within 90 days or appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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'Pizzagate' Gunman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Edgar Maddison Welch pleaded guilty in March after entering the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., brandishing a rife in order to "investigate" a baseless conspiracy theory.

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