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Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program

SALT LAKE CITY – Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an abortion dispute with the Trump administration. The fallout is especially intense in Utah, where Planned Parenthood has been the only provider participating in the nearly 50-year-old Title X family planning program and will now lose about $2 million yearly in federal funds that helped 39,000 mostly low-income, uninsured people. It plans to maintain its services – which include contraception, STD testing and cancer screening – but is considering charging a small copay for patients who used to get care for free.
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Hong Kong police in standoff with protesters after sit-in

Hong Kong riot police faced off briefly with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following a commemoration of a violent attack there by masked assailants on supporters of the anti-government movement.

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Lawyer: Philly female officers who sued will be protected

Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia’s police commissioner to resign have received promises from the city they won’t be retaliated against or endure more transfers while the case plays out.
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Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon to destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change.
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After school Nazi salute video, more racist videos emerge

School officials in Orange County, California, said they will reopen an investigation into a group of high school students seen on video giving Nazi salutes last year after more racist images surfaced, according to a report Wednesday.
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As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump’s comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes.
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McCain’s family fights to define legacy of civility, service

Cindy McCain stood on a knoll in Tempe, Arizona, last year and looked out over the Rio Salado. The spot where she stood, on 26 acres, is where she and her ailing husband, Sen. John McCain, had discussed building a “gathering place” for his archives, hiking and perhaps candidate debates – but especially for listening.
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Greenland fallout: Trump’s canceled trip blindsides Denmark

The prime minister of Denmark said Wednesday she is “disappointed and surprised” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she called Trump’s idea of buying Greenland, Denmark’s semi-autonomous Arctic territory, “an absurd discussion.”
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Uganda, Rwanda presidents agree to cease hostilities

The leaders of Uganda and Rwanda agreed on Wednesday to re-open the border between the two countries following a summit mediated in Angola, ending months of tensions that raised fears of armed hostilities.
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Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the way for more gun control.
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Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s ending presidential bid; sources say he’ll run for governor again

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But the end of his presidential bid looks like it will be the beginning of another: Inslee’s run for a third term as governor. The Associated Press reported Wednesday night that two people close to Inslee said he will run for governor again in 2020 and will announce his plan in a Thursday morning email to supporters.