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LGBTQ Vets Discharged Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Have New Chance For Full Benefits

Thousands of LGBTQ veterans who were discharged from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have gained new access to full government benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The announcement, issued Monday on the 10th anniversary of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," will apply to veterans who were forced from service under the policy and given "other than honorable discharges" due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.


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TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do

Young investors have a new strategy: watching financial disclosures of sitting members of Congress for stock tips.


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The Biden Administration Is Adding Worker Protections To Address Extreme Heat

The Biden administration is pushing for new worker protections after record-setting temperatures across the country left dozens of workers injured and dead this summer.


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A 10-Foot Wide House In Boston Sells For $1.25 Million

In the latest example of a wicked hot housing market, a 10-foot wide house in Boston has sold for $1.25 million.

Located in the city's historic North End neighborhood, the 2-bedroom 1-bath home was built in 1890, according to city tax records, though some accounts say 1862.


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Anti-Vaccine Protesters Clash With Police In Melbourne, Australia, For The 2nd Day

It's been a violent few days in Melbourne, Australia, where construction workers and other demonstrators are clashing with police as they protest the government's COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

Amid the surging delta variant, officials in Victoria state — where Melbourne is the largest city — recently announced a vaccination mandate for construction workers that requires each employee to show proof of at least one dose by Thursday.


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BTS Spoke At The UNGA. And That's Not The Only Surprise At The U.N. Event

Here's a tweet you wouldn't expect to see at the 76th annual session of the U.N. General Assembly:

"Why i'm like a proud mom watching this?!? I love you, BTS!!!"

After a virtual assembly in 2020, the United Nations is holding this year's event as a hybrid with in-person and online participation. On Monday, the seven members of the world's hottest supergroup strode onstage to kick off the high-level gathering.


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McDonald's Is Phasing Out Plastic Toys From Happy Meals In A Push To Be More Green

The toys that come in McDonald's Happy Meals will soon be made mostly from corn and other materials rather than from fossil fuel-based plastic, the fast-food chain says. The switch is already underway in some international markets; it's expected to be complete globally by 2025.


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Media Fascination With The Petito Mystery Looks Like Racism To Some Native Americans

Updated September 21, 2021 at 5:22 PM ET

The FBI has confirmed that remains found in Wyoming Sunday are the body of 22-year-old Gabrielle Petito. The mystery around the death of the photogenic young white woman with a carefree social media presence has been headline news across the country.


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U.S. Border Agents Chased Migrants On Horseback. A Photographer Explains What He Saw

Updated September 21, 2021 at 3:17 PM ET

Images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing Haitian migrants along the Rio Grande are "horrific," the White House says.

The migrants were attempting to return to a camp near the international Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of migrants have gathered on the U.S. side of the border river. Many of them carried food they'd just bought in Mexico.


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Boris Johnson Aims To Tighten U.S. Ties In A Visit That Follows A Contentious Month

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with President Biden in Washington on Tuesday afternoon to discuss climate change and international security, among other topics.

On the climate front, Johnson is pressuring wealthy countries, including the United States, to spend more to help developing nations tackle climate change. Rich nations had pledged to spend $100 billion a year on the effort, but have fallen short. Speaking to reporters Monday, Johnson said he hoped Biden would commit to more.


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