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Ohio cuts funding for Planned Parenthood

The Ohio Department of Health says it’s ending grants and contracts that send money to Planned Parenthood after a divided federal appeals court upheld a state anti-abortion law that blocks public money for the group.

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White House: Islamic State territory in Syria eliminated

UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:52 a.m.

All Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been “100 percent” eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the group’s holdouts.
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Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 1:20 p.m.

A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans’ contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
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Company won’t operate duck boats in 2019 after fatal sinking

The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, announced Thursday that it won’t operate the vessels this year because of the ongoing investigation and will instead open a replacement attraction in the tourist town of Branson.
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Flooded Iowa communities surviving with trucked-in water

As some communities along the Missouri River start to shift their focus to flood recovery after a late-winter storm, residents in two Iowa cities are stuck in crisis mode after their treatment plants shut down and left them in need of fresh water.
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On heels of scandals, USC announces new president

The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president to usher “a new era” following a series of high-profile scandals that culminated last week with a massive college admissions bribery case.
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Trump aims new blasts at McCain, claims credit for funeral

Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain on Wednesday, even claiming credit for the senator’s moving Washington funeral though he “never liked” him – and complaining he was never properly thanked.
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Citing cash woes, R. Kelly asks judge for OK to fly to Dubai

Cash-strapped R. Kelly asked a judge Wednesday to let him travel to the Middle East to perform several concerts, according to a new court filing that said he has struggled to get work in the U.S. since his February arrest on sex abuse charges.