Jun. 16, 2017

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President Donald Trump has another growing headache on Capitol Hill: a bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee probe of his firing of FBI Director James Comey that Democrats say should look into possible obstruction of justice.

Thirty-six hours after a gunman's attack on Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice, GOP and Democratic teams played their annual charity game Thursday night, determined to show unity. Members of the Republican congressional baseball team say a prayer prior to the 56th Annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at the National Park in Washington, D.C., on June 15.

While global inequality is simply accelerating, in America it's gone into overdrive. The share of income going to the top 1 percent in the U.S. has more than doubled in the last 35 years, after dropping in the decades after World War II (when the rich were taxed at high double-digit rates).

Crypto coins' gyrations require nerves of steel, but to an increasing number of Venezuelans, they're the safest currency they can own.

President Donald Trump will announce a ban on Americans and U.S. companies doing business with Cuba's military on Friday in a rollback of the Obama administration's plan to thaw relations with the island.

The U.S. Navy has yet to figure out how to fix oxygen deprivation and cabin pressure loss in its Boeing Co. F-18 aircraft -- a problem the service called "elusive" in a report released Thursday.

Qatari authorities have prosecuted five people accused by the U.S. and the United Nations of financing terrorists -- and who were also named by Saudi Arabia and its allies as part of the bloc's justification for isolating the tiny Gulf nation since last week.

Amazon.com Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, a bombshell of a deal that catapults the e-commerce giant into the supermarket business with hundreds of stores across the U.S.

An American college student who emerged from prison in North Korea in a coma has severe brain damage, but doctors don't know what caused it, a medical team treating him in Ohio said.

Nestlé's new chief executive officer is putting the world's biggest food company on a diet, moving to shed its U.S. confectionery business as he seeks growth from healthier and more profitable businesses.

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The Qatar crisis has expanded to include Libya and now involves Glencore, one of the world's largest traders of natural resources, in a conflict over export sales of crude oil.

Iraqis are being swept up in immigration raids across the US and targeted for deportation by the Trump administration, in a crackdown attorneys and advocates described as a "death sentence" for members of Iraq's Christian minority.

Russia said Friday it was verifying whether it had killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group's de facto capital in Syria, dealing a potentially severe blow to the extremist group as it fights to hang on to its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

The US Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions on Russia and Iran, sending the House of Representatives a bill that would prevent President Donald Trump from unilaterally easing penalties against Moscow.

Scientists studying climate change say they have had to cancel part of their research because of global warming.

The United States has deployed mobile artillery rocket launchers in southern Syria, aiming to defend its At-Tanaf base where it trains anti-Islamic State forces, Pentagon officials confirmed.

Russia on Thursday accused the US-led coalition of deploying missiles against Syrian troops at a garrison in the east of the country, where rebels battling the Islamic State group are being trained.

Islamic State fighters have captured Tora Bora, a mountain cave complex in eastern Afghanistan that was once the hideout of Osama bin Laden, officials said Thursday, despite pressure on the jihadists from US-led forces.

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Vice-President Mike Pence has hired an outside lawyer to handle his response to inquiries into possible ties between President Trump's campaign and Russia.

The United Nations Mission in Colombia says it has received 40% of the weapons registered by the Farc rebel group, a figure which falls short of the 60% they should have received by now. The deadline for the handover of all the 7,000 registered weapons is Tuesday.

Australia is bringing in its first national gun amnesty since 1996 because of the growing terrorism threat and an influx of illegal arms in the country. During the three-month amnesty running from 1 July, people can hand in unregistered weapons without the fear of prosecution, the government says. Those caught outside that period face fines of up to $212,730or up to 14 years in prison. It is estimated that there are as many as 260,000 illicit guns in Australia.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease "arbitrary restrictions" on internet and phone services. The organization said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in 2017. Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumors during times of unrest.

The president of Serbia has nominated a gay woman to be his prime minister in a double first for the deeply conservative Balkan state.

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A new report says that in California, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,608 and to afford this level of rent and utilities - without paying more than 30 percent of income on housing - a household must earn $5,359 monthly or $64,311 annually. Assuming a 40-hour workweek, 52 weeks per year, this level of income translates into an hourly "housing wage" of $30.92 an hour.

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