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Marine Corps grounds KC-130T fleet weeks after deadly crash

Smoke and flames rise from a military plane that crashed in a farm field in Itta Bena, Miss., July 10, 2017, in this frame from video. WLBT-TV via AP The Marine Corps is grounding its fleet of KC-130Ts until further notice, just weeks after one of the planes crashed in Mississippi, killing 15 Marines and one Navy sailor. The move to ground the planes comes out of an abundance of caution and will be in place until further notice, a U.S. official told CBS News. The grounding was first reported…

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Joint chiefs of staff chairman says transgender policy unchanged for now

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly in the military until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has received President Donald Trump’s “direction” to change the policy and figured out how to implement it, the nation’s top military officer said Thursday. In a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said “there will be no modifications” to current policy for now, amid questions about Trump’s announcement on Twitter that the U.S. government will…

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Sarah Palin to subpoena two dozen New York Times staffers in lawsuit

Sarah Palin is planning to subpoena almost two dozen New York Times staffers as part of her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper. In a motion arguing for the case to be dismissed, attorneys for The New York Times said that Palin’s lawyers had served notice that she plans to subpoena “23 non-party current and former Times reporters, editors and other employees — most of whom had nothing to do with the editorial issue,” according to court documents the New York Post obtained Wednesday. Palin’s legal team also reportedly plans to…

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US-Mexico border mayors convene amid high-stakes debates

Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 7:23 AM EDT The first meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association since Donald Trump became president of the United States begins Thursday as the stakes of debate in Washington could hardly be higher for the region of 12 million people stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Trump is moving ahead with plans to build a “big, beautiful wall” separating the two countries and add 5,000 Border Patrol agents, despite uncertainty about how much Congress will agree to pay. The U.S.,…

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Transgender veteran calls Trump’s military ban “a slap to the face”

Transgender veteran Laila Ireland.  CBS President Trump’s sudden ban on transgender service members triggered protests on both coasts Wednesday. In New York, people carrying “resist” signs gathered in Times Square, while San Francisco’s city hall was bathed in colorful lights in support of transgender military members.   In a series of tweets on Wednesday, President Trump promised to reverse President Obama’s 2016 decision to allow transgender soldiers to serve openly, declaring the U.S. will “not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The announcement quickly…

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Arizona man gets 68 years in Bundy standoff case

LAS VEGAS — A federal judge sentenced a Phoenix man Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role as a gunman in a standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy three years ago. Prosecutors had sought a maximum sentence of 73 years for Gregory Burleson after he was convicted of threatening and assaulting a federal officer, obstruction and traveling across state lines in aid of extortion. But Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas knocked five…

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New twist in battle over plans for sacred Hawaii mountaintop

In this artist rendition provided by TMT, the Thirty Meter Telescope is seen. China and India have signed on to be partners for a project to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, which will be the world’s largest when it’s finished in 2018, at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. AP/Thirty Meter Telescope HONOLULU — A construction permit should be granted for a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain summit that some consider sacred, a hearings officer recommended Wednesday. Retired judge Riki May Amano, who is overseeing contested-case…

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Divers try to find NFL star’s $100K earring in murky lake waters

Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Georgia Dome on December 15, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga. Getty The good thing about being a rich professional football player is you can afford $100,000 diamond earrings. The bad news is that if you wear them out jet skiing you can lose them in the water. But, as Julio Jones realized recently, there’s a bonus to that, too: You can always just pay some divers to go looking for the earring. That is exactly what the Atlanta Falcons star…

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ObamaCare ‘straight repeal’ fails on Senate vote

A conservative-backed plan to repeal the bulk of ObamaCare and give lawmakers a two-year window to replace the struggling health law failed on a Senate vote Wednesday, in the latest setback for the repeal push.  The vote was 55-45 against the amendment, with seven Republicans opposing. The chamber’s 46 Democrats and two independent senators all voted against the measure. The so-called “straight repeal” amendment would have given senators two years to come up with a replacement. The measure failed on the heels of another sweeping ObamaCare overhaul amendment stalling overnight. …

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Russia Sanctions Bill Hits a Snag in Senate

“We expressed concerns about it,” Mr. Corker said of the addition of North Korea to the House plan, citing a desire for greater Senate input into placing sanctions on the country. “They decided to add it. I don’t take affront.” House Republicans projected outrage on Wednesday at the possibility of failing to send the bill to the president before lawmakers left for the August recess. Representative Ed Royce, Republican of California and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called any further delays over North Korea “completely unacceptable.” Matt Sparks,…

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