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Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he was sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in June. He testified that suggestions that he colluded with Russia to interfere in the U.S. presidential election was a "contemptible lie." Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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U.S. Intercepts Reportedly Contradict Attorney General On Russia Contacts

The Washington Post reports that spy agencies intercepted conversations with Russia's U.S. ambassador suggesting he and Jeff Sessions discussed campaign matters during mid-2016 meetings.

Dozens of people stand in the offices of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., protesting against the Republican health care plan on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Uncertainty about the future of the health care system has shaken insurers. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Even Talking About Weakening Obamacare Provisions Weakens The Exchanges

The future of the Affordable Care Act pillars like subsidies and the individual mandate is uncertain, and that is causing higher premiums and fewer insurers in the marketplaces, experts say.

A woman holds a sign reading "Justice for Justine" during a march Thursday in Minneapolis. Several days of demonstrations have occurred after the death of Justine Damond, who was killed late Saturday by a police officer responding to her emergency call. Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns In Wake Of Officer Shooting Australian Woman

In a statement, Janee Harteau said that because of last week's killing and "other recent incidents," the force needs new leadership. The mayor said she and the city had lost confidence in the police chief.

A lone bouquet of flowers stands in front of a home in Phoenix in 2013, after police said a man killed his wife, daughter and brother-in-law before killing himself. A new CDC report sheds light on patterns in homicides of women. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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CDC: Half Of All Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that black women and indigenous women are killed, in general, at higher rates than other races.

Russian President Vladimir Putin leads a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Wednesday. Alexei Nikolsky/AP hide caption

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In Putin's Russia, An 'Adhocracy' Marked By Ambiguity And Plausible Deniability

Donald Trump Jr. found his meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya a waste of time, but her approach fits into a larger pattern of freelance political activity that has come to characterize Putin's Russia.

In Putin's Russia, An 'Adhocracy' Marked By Ambiguity And Plausible Deniability

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A federal judge on Friday ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in attorney fees for same-sex couples and others who sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Kentucky Must Pay Attorney Fees For Couples Who Sued Kim Davis, Judge Says

Davis had refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing religious beliefs. The court held the state responsible because officials had the right to take action against her but didn't.

Ruins are all that remain of the 13th century Great Mosque of al-Nuri, where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared three years ago that an Islamic state was rising again. ISIS blew the mosque up as Iraqi forces advanced. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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In Mosul, Grim Homecomings And A Struggle To Survive In A City Now Free From ISIS

Civil defense workers have recovered more than 1,400 bodies of civilians in west Mosul. Relatives are searching for the bodies of loved ones in a landscape so devastated they can barely recognize it.

Morris Kesler, chief technology officer at WiTricity, shows how a wireless charging pad can be installed on a table. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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All Tech Considered

A Future Of Gadgets Without Power Cords? Not So Fast

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This month, the first wireless-charging laptop hit the market. But making wireless power a standard consumer feature is a big technological — and psychological — challenge.

A Future Of Gadgets Without Power Cords? Not So Fast

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An empty coffee mug, left forlorn on the table. Federal regulators found that "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee" had an ingredient similar to the active ingredient in Viagra. Ezra Bailey/Getty Images hide caption

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A Wake-Up Call: Coffee Recalled By FDA For Having Viagra-Like Ingredient

Regulators took issue with the tortuously named "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee," which didn't declare a chemical akin to the erectile dysfunction drug's active ingredient.

The U.S. is planning to ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, tourism companies say. Earlier this week, Korean People's Army soldiers walked past portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (left) and Kim Jong-Il at the Korean Revolutionary Museum in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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State Department Confirms Plan To Ban U.S. Citizens From Visiting North Korea

The new policy will reportedly include the threat of canceling the passports of Americans who violate the travel ban.

Canvasser Ana Mejia gathers her supplies at the offices of the National Council of La Raza in Miami in 2016. The NCLR renamed itself UnidosUS this month, causing a rift in the U.S. Latino community. Some see it as shedding a dated name, but others see it as leaving a legacy behind. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Code Switch

The Largest U.S. Latino Advocacy Group Changes Its Name, Sparking Debate

The National Council of La Raza renamed itself UnidosUS this month, causing a rift in the U.S. Latino community. Some see it as shedding a dated name, but others see it as leaving a legacy behind.