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President Trump arrives to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Dec. 22. Openly transgender people will be allowed to enlist in the military starting Monday after the White House decided not to appeal. Carlos Barria/Reuters hide caption

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People celebrate the 48th annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade in June in Chicago. Activists say they hope the Illinois law banning the "gay panic" defense will lead to similar measures in other states. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters in Santa Barbara County, Calif., on Wednesday. A firefighter whose name has not been released was killed Thursday while battling the massive Thomas Fire, which straddles Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County via AP hide caption

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PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley has been suspended after "multiple, credible allegations" of sexual misconduct. Rich Fury/Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a helicopter makes a water drop near a house that was not on fire on a hill above Bella Vista Drive in Montecito, Calif. Mike Eliason/AP hide caption

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Firefighters step back from a burning house in Carpinteria, Calif., after discovering downed live power lines nearby on Sunday. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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