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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.

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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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions at a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Savonlinna, Finland, on Thursday. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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Putin Derides 'Illegal' Sanctions Bill — But Says He's Waiting On Final Version

At a news conference in Finland, the Russian president called the bipartisan bill "extremely cynical." But he said Russia will wait to see its final version before forming a "definitive view on it."

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

Ryan Zinke reportedly called Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her fellow Alaskan, Sen. Dan Sullivan, to say their state could run into trouble with the Trump administration over her health care vote.

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U.S. Attorney General Heads To El Salvador To Discuss Gang Violence

Jeff Sessions is meeting with the president of El Salvador and high-ranking law enforcement officials, as well as with an FBI anti-gang task force, to talk about combating the powerful gang MS-13.

A picture shows a teddy bear set up by supporters of the family of British baby Charlie Gard outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday. After months of legal conflict over whether an experimental treatment might help Charlie or would only cause suffering, the baby will be transferred to a hospice facility to die. Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Terminally Ill Baby Charlie Gard Will Move To Hospice Care To Die

A British judge has approved a plan to transfer Charlie, who has a rare genetic disorder with no known cure, to a hospice facility. His life support will be withdrawn shortly after the transfer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by (from left) Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, discussed health care overhaul with reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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States Have Already Tried Versions Of 'Skinny Repeal.' It Didn't Go Well

Kaiser Health News

Republican senators are warming to the idea of a scaled-back plan that would delete the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer mandates but leave much of the law intact.

At a security conference in Australia on Thursday, Adm. Scott Swift said he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Trump ordered it. He warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from civilian control. Rod McGuirk/AP hide caption

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Admiral Says He'd Launch A Nuclear Strike On China If Trump Ordered It

While Admiral Scott Swift's affirmative response to that nuclear scenario might sound alarming, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet said the premise of the question was "ridiculous."

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Why Are Undocumented Immigrants Smuggled By Truck?

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Many migrants face two "crossings" — the actual border and checkpoints further inland.

Why Are Undocumented Immigrants Smuggled By Truck?

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican lawmakers are hashing out potential health care plans, though a repeal-only and a repeal-and-replace option have failed in the last two days. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Next In The Health Care Debate?

Senators have narrowed their options and are likely to move on a "skinny repeal" that takes away some key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, leaving the rest intact.

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Unpopular At Home, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Nominated For State Dept. Post

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Brownback, a staunch social conservative, was one of the least popular governors in the country after his tax cuts failed to ignite the state's economy. President Trump named him for ambassador at large for religious freedom.