Brad Pitt And Leonardo DiCaprio Hug It Out In Twinning Tuxes At Cannes

Taking a brief respite from his current role as the ultimate Instagram boyfriend, Leonardo DiCaprio served up some big Hollywood energy on the Cannes red carpet alongside his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star Brad Pitt. The distractingly good-looking duo took over the film festival on Tuesday to debut their buzzy Quentin Tarantino film, which […]

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U.S. Warns Syria’s Assad, Suggests Regime May Still Be Using Chemical Weapons

The U.S. State Department issued a warning to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, saying Washington and its allies would respond swiftly and “appropriately” if recent allegations of Assad’s chemical weapon use were proven true.  Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said the U.S. has been paying close attention to the military operations of Assad’s forces in northwest […]

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Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Man Starts Climbing It

PARIS, May 20 (Reuters) – The Eiffel Tower was evacuated and surrounding streets locked down on Monday after a man was spotted scaling the upper heights of the monument in the heart of the French capital, Paris Police and the tower’s operator said. Specialist firefighters were on the scene, the police spokeswoman said. “The man […]

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More Than 20 States, Cities Sue Trump Administration Over ‘Conscience’ Rule

NEW YORK, May 21 (Reuters) ― Two dozen U.S. states and municipalities sued the Trump administration on Tuesday to stop it from enforcing a rule that would make it easier for doctors and nurses to avoid performing abortions on religious or moral grounds. A lawsuit led by New York Attorney General Letitia James said the […]

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HUD Chief Ben Carson Needs Congress To Explain Basic Housing Terms

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson raised eyebrows Tuesday when he struggled to describe basic terms related to the agency he oversees during a hearing before a congressional panel. The former neurosurgeon, who had zero experience in housing before President Donald Trump nominated him to lead HUD in December 2016, appeared visibly […]

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Former Facebook Security Exec Says Mark Zuckerberg ‘Has Too Much Power’

Facebook’s ex-security chief is urging CEO Mark Zuckerberg to step down, becoming the second former Facebook executive to scrutinize the company’s leader this month. During the tech-centered Collision Conference in Toronto on Tuesday, Alex Stamos said criticism of Zuckerberg’s outsize influence is valid. “There’s a legit argument that he has too much power,” Stamos said. […]

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Nevada State Legislature Passes Pro-Choice Abortion Bill

Bucking the antiabortion political trends in several other states, the Nevada state Assembly approved a pro-choice bill on Tuesday to remove criminal penalties for people who terminate a pregnancy without consulting a physician. The Trust Nevada Women Act, which passed on a 27-13 vote, would also decriminalize other abortion-related actions, such as selling miscarriage-inducing medications. It […]

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Beto O’Rourke: Big Pharma Should Face Consequences, Even Jail Time, For Opioid Crisis

Pharmaceutical companies and their executives should be held legally responsible for their role in perpetuating the opioid crisis, including facing possible prison time, Beto O’Rourke said Tuesday. Speaking at a CNN town hall, the 2020 presidential contender specifically called out Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma, saying the company marketed the painkiller as a “miracle cure” without adequately […]

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Lori Lightfoot Ends Chicago Aldermen’s Privilege On First Day As Mayor

Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, spent part of her first day in office attacking the unwritten tradition of “aldermanic privilege,” in a move meant to fulfill her campaign promise of reducing corruption in city government. After her historic inauguration Monday as the city’s first openly gay and first black female mayor, Lightfoot signed her first […]

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