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Prime Spot On The Billionaire List: Jeff Bezos Was (Briefly) World's Richest Man

A surge in Amazon stock made Bezos worth more than $90 billion on Thursday, putting the company's founder and CEO ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates, however, has given billions to charity.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (from left), Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. Ron Johnson and Sen. John McCain, all Republicans, announced Thursday that they would not vote for a so-called skinny repeal of the Affordable Care Act without assurances from the House that the bill would go to conference. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Repeal-And-Replace Effort In Senate Still Dominated By Confusion

Republicans headed into an all-night session in an uncomfortable position where the only legislation they can potentially pass is a bill most senators oppose.

Hurricanes in 2012 and 2003 submerged parking lots and park benches, and flooded businesses along Annapolis' Dock Street. City planners estimate that, given the rise in sea level, by 2100 the flood from a once-in-a-hundred-year storm would be almost twice as high as it would be if such a storm hit today. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Science

Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps so homeowners can see if they're at risk.

Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

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White House Communications Director Calls Chief Of Staff 'A Paranoiac' And Much Worse

Speaking to The New Yorker, Anthony Scaramucci seems to blame Reince Priebus for "leaks," notably a report about his financial disclosure forms that was based on what were actually public records. Scaramucci also reportedly attacked Steve Bannon, another top White House aide, in the conversation.

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Texas Inmate Executed; Supreme Court Rejected Bid For Delay

A 46-year-old death row inmate argued his previous lawyers were incompetent — one of them had been disbarred. But courts denied his motion to halt the execution.

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Boy Scouts Chief Apologizes For 'Political Rhetoric' In Trump's Speech

"We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program," Michael Surbaugh said. His apology came after President Trump derided the Affordable Care Act and "fake media" in remarks to the National Jamboree.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview on Thursday that the federal disclosure rules could be too cumbersome. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Top Trump Aide Says Ethics Filings Discourage Potential Government Employees

In an interview on Fox & Friends, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called federal disclosure rules "disincentivising" for qualified people who might otherwise want to join the administration.

The defensive mucus of the Arion subfuscus slug has inspired materials scientists trying to invent better medical adhesives. Nigel Cattlin/Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images hide caption

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Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

The words "strong" and "inspiring" are not usually assigned to garden slugs. But slug slime inspired materials scientists to invent a new kind of adhesive that could one day help heal human wounds.

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Michiko Kakutani, Chief 'Times' Book Critic, Steps Down After Nearly 4 Decades

For 38 years the Pulitzer Prize winner was one of the most influential voices in the world of books. During her tenure, she lauded — or lambasted — just about all of this generation's great writers.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, for El Salvador. His former Senate colleagues are rallying behind him amid withering attacks from President Trump. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Attacks On Sessions Could Be A Red Line For GOP Senators

Sen. Lindsey Graham warns President Trump that there will be "holy hell to pay" if Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fired. Other Republicans are making clear that they support the embattled Sessions.

Attacks On Sessions Could Be A Red Line For GOP Senators

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In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. More than a decade later, he's followed it up with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Jensen Walker/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic 'I Told You So'

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said Thursday that the military's transgender policy will remain unchanged until the Department of Defense receives direction from the White House. Above, Dunford in June. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Transgender Policy Won't Change Yet

Despite President Trump's tweets, Gen. Joseph Dunford said the Defense Department is making "no modifications" to its policies on transgender service members until more direction arrives from the White House.

An anti-Maduro demonstrator waves the Venezuelan flag at a protest in the capital, Caracas, on Wednesday. The government banned such demonstrations nationwide for the next five days, as the country approaches a Sunday vote on delegates for Maduro's constituent assembly, which would lead a rewrite of the constitution. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela Bans Protests Nationwide As Constitutional Referendum Approaches

All demonstrations that "might disturb the electoral process" have been outlawed ahead of President Nicolás Maduro's vote on delegates to rewrite the constitution. But protesters remain undeterred.

Londoners protest outside a Kensington Council meeting to discuss Grenfell Tower on July 19. British police say there are grounds to suspect the council and other local authorities of committing corporate manslaughter in the fire that killed at least 80 people. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.K. Police: 'Reasonable Grounds' To Suspect Corporate Manslaughter In Tower Fire

In a letter to survivors and families of those killed in the fire, Metropolitan Police say local authorities may have committed the crime, which can result in a fine but no jail time.

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Energy

Environmentalists Provoke Pipeline Workers To Speak Up

As oil and gas pipeline projects increase, and more environmentalists protest, a Pipeliners union wants to make sure it's part of the public conversation.

Environmentalists Provoke Pipeline Workers To Speak Up

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) walks to the Senate chamber for a vote in the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. The senators from Alaska reportedly got a call from Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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After Trump Targets Murkowski, Interior Secretary Reportedly Warns Alaska's Senators

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke reportedly called Sen. Lisa Murkowski and fellow Alaskan Sen. Dan Sullivan to say their state could run into trouble with the Trump administration.