• Smoke from distant wildfires makes Portland hazy
Smoke from distant wildfires makes Portland hazy

The effects of the wildfire smoke can also vary depending on where you live in the region. Here's how the air quality in some regions ranks on the index at 3:30 p.m. The key measure driving the health warnings is fine particulate matter, also known as PM 2.5, which is much smaller than the width of a human hair and can go deep into the lungs and ...

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  • Donald Trump threatened insurance companies' 'bailouts.' Here's what that means
Donald Trump threatened insurance companies' 'bailouts.' Here's what that means

Trump's probably referring to the cost-sharing subsidies under Obamacare. So what happens if Trump decides to end these payments? Paid directly to insurers, the subsidies are expected to cost the federal government about $7 billion in 2017.

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  • Mueller hires another Democrat-connected lawyer to investigate Russian interference and Trump
Mueller hires another Democrat-connected lawyer to investigate Russian interference and Trump

Franks, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, claims Mueller is violating a law governing the special counsel that prohibits him from serving if he has a "conflict of interest", which includes "a personal relationship with any person substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution".

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  • US Successfully Tests ICBM Following North Korea Missile Launch
US Successfully Tests ICBM Following North Korea Missile Launch

The launch shows the U.S.'s nuclear enterprise is "safe, secure, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the United States and its allies", a statement from the Air Force said .The IBCM traveled 4,200 miles, according to NBC News.

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  • The NAACP just issued a travel advisory against visiting Missouri
The NAACP just issued a travel advisory against visiting Missouri

The move comes after the state legislature in June passed Senate Bill 43 , "which makes it more hard for employees to prove their protected class, like race or gender, directly led to unlawful discrimination ", CNN reports. "How do you come to Missouri , run out of gas and find yourself dead in a jail cell when you haven't broken any laws?" a...

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  • John Kelly reaches out to top Dems to save White House's agenda
John Kelly reaches out to top Dems to save White House's agenda

A few hours later, Scaramucci was facing Kelly in the chief of staff's corner office, learning his West Wing days were over. The Mooch was a refreshing break from the Trump administration norm. Mr. Scaramucci's departure came at Kelly's request, according to multiple news outlets. "I've seen him in Madison Square Garden with a topcoat, standi...

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  • Trump would go to war with N. Korea: senator
Trump would go to war with N. Korea: senator

In response, the USA and its allies flew supersonic bombers and fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula on Saturday. Coupled with reports of increased submarine activity, news of another ejection test comes amid concerns over the Communist nation's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that has the "range to hit USA cities".

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  • Venezuelan Election Results 'Tampered With' According to Voting Tech Company CEO
Venezuelan Election Results 'Tampered With' According to Voting Tech Company CEO

Maduro says the assembly was necessary to give the government power to end the economic crisis and bring peace to the country after four months of opposition protests, which often include violent clashes between security forces and hooded demonstrators.

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  • Trump Approves New Sanctions Against Russia
Trump Approves New Sanctions Against Russia

As Vox's Zeeshan Aleem explains , the new law takes sanctions imposed by President Obama and enshrines them in law, taking that decision out of Trump's hands. The law not only adds new sanctions but makes it harder for the president to remove them, a sign that Congressional leaders were anxious about Trump's seemingly cozy relationship wit...

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  • Italian warship arrives in Tripoli Naval Base
Italian warship arrives in Tripoli Naval Base

Looking to regulate eight non-governmental groups which regularly hunt for migrants in the southern Mediterranean, the Italian government asked them this week to sign a code of conduct , including a demand that they carry an armed policemen on board their boats.

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  • Rap Legend Charged with Murder
Rap Legend Charged with Murder

Rapper Kidd Creole - one of the founding members of the legendary hip-hop group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 - has been charged with murder for the stabbing of a homeless man in Midtown. Police said the man stabbed had 17 prior arrests, was a Level 1 sex offender, and had been living at a homeless shelter on 105th St. Glover was arreste...

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  • President Zuckerberg? Facebook Chief Hires Clinton Pollster
President Zuckerberg? Facebook Chief Hires Clinton Pollster

Benenson's company, Benenson Strategy Group, will be conducting research for the Zuckerberg-Chan Initiative, the couple's philanthropy. Most recently, Benenson was the chief strategist to Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign.

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  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jets intercept Russian planes near Estonia
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jets intercept Russian planes near Estonia

Pence insisted that the USA remains bonded with Europe and that the alliance "must be resolute and uncompromising in the face of aggression from an unpredictable country that casts a shadow from the east". During a visit to NATO's Brussels headquarters in May, Trump jarred allies by not restating US support for a critical portion of the alliance's ...

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  • State Police investigating 11-year-old girl's murder in Norwich
State Police investigating 11-year-old girl's murder in Norwich

State police said they've arrested a NY man on a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of an 11-year-old girl inside a rural upstate home. When they arrived, they determined that the victim, 11-year-old Jacelyn O'Conor, of Morris, was dead.

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  • 'Maniac' Kim threatens nuclear war, warns Duterte
'Maniac' Kim threatens nuclear war, warns Duterte

The president of the Philippines blasted the leader of North Korea on Wednesday by using a derogatory remark and accused him of playing around with risky toys which can destroy the region. All agree that the launch serves as yet another provocation against both South Korea and the West and that its moderate success presents the possibility of furth...

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  • New York State to Provide Some Voter Information to Trump's Election Commission
New York State to Provide Some Voter Information to Trump's Election Commission

State elections officials on Wednesday agreed to send Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity a copy of New York's voter database, which includes names, addresses and voting histories of voters in NY. According to Board of Elections spokesperson Thomas Connolly, the board is complying with a Freedom of Information Law request from the vot...

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  • Why Paris Saint-Germain Is Set to Break the Bank for Neymar
Why Paris Saint-Germain Is Set to Break the Bank for Neymar

Neymar has been tempted to Paris by an astronomical offer that would reportedly see his wages tripled to 30 million euros a year after tax. Given that Neymar is now expected to leave before completing that contract, Barca believe they should pay only a percentage of the fee.

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  • Purge: McMaster fires two Bannonites on National Security Council
Purge: McMaster fires two Bannonites on National Security Council

McMaster initially sought to remove Cohen-Watnick after CIA Director Mike Pompeo told him that some intelligence officials did not think he was up to the job, said United States officials. Purging him now suggests that McMaster, at least, regrets the NSC's role in that controversy. If Trump gets to have Gorka on Fox, maybe he won't mind Cohen-W...

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  • President Trump suggests firing top general for 'losing' Afghan war
President Trump suggests firing top general for 'losing' Afghan war

His tour of duty would be up in 2018. President Donald Trump suggested firing the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan during a meeting last month with Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. In June, Trump gave the Pentagon authority to boost troop levels in Afghanistan. The conversation about Nichols...

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  • Creep says he had sex with a donkey because he was high
Creep says he had sex with a donkey because he was high

Police in Siloam Springs arrested Everett Lee Compton , Jr., 49, on Monday after he was allegedly caught abusing a donkey owned by Emert and Joyce Whitaker. After reviewing the footage, police indicated the July 16 encounter showed Compton feeding the donkey carrots and covering its eyes as he went to stand behind the animal "to have some type of ...

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