Ted Cruz joins GOP group demanding that Justice Dept. stop probing Big Oil's climate denial

Five hardline conservatives tell Department of Justice to stop any investigations into whether companies lied to the public about climate change

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Sarah Palin backs Paul Ryan's primary opponent as GOP civil war deepens

Sarah Palin on Sunday fired a shot in the civil war gripping the Republican party, promising to do “whatever I can” for the primary opponent of House speaker Paul Ryan, who is up for re-election in November.

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Petition to allow guns at Republican National Convention cracks 24,000 signatures

An online petition to allow guns into the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July has received more than 24,000 signatures in favor of overturning the “irresponsible and hypocritical act of selecting a ‘gun-free zone’” for the party’s quadrennial gathering.

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Trump receives endorsement from Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France’s racist National Front

Donald Trump received a vote of confidence on Saturday from Jean-Marie Le Pen, the former leader of France’s Front National who in the past has said the Nazi occupation was not “particularly inhumane” and suggested Ebola could solve Europe’s “ immigration problem ”.

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Republicans reject climate change fears despite rebukes from scientists

They have bloviated about carpet bombing, bickered about walls, and waxed anti-Muslim and -migrant, but over more than 16 hours of debate, the Republican candidates for president have almost entirely ignored what most of the world fears most: the rising tides and temperatures of climate change .

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Jeb Bush praises Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for 'stepping up' response to Flint poisoned-water crisis

Jeb Bush on Sunday praised Rick Snyder, the beleaguered governor of Michigan, for “stepping up” in response to the crisis over lead-poisoned drinking water in the city of Flint.

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Climate scientists cheer as David Koch steps down from board of New York science museum

The oil billionaire David Koch has stepped down from the board at the American Museum of Natural History, after 23 years and more than $20m in donations to the New York museum.

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Hillary Clinton dismisses Trump attacks against Bill: 'Let the voters judge'

Hillary Clinton on Sunday dismissed Donald Trump’s disparagement of her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, saying the personal attacks “didn’t work before, won’t work again”.

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Republican candidates walk fine line on gun control as Obama moves for reform

Barack Obama’s plan to achieve gun control reform through executive actions had Republican candidates for president facing an awkward Sunday challenge: how to denounce a president for supporting something you once signed into law.

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DNA from centuries-old Incan mummy provides scientists with clues to genetic diversity

Archaeologists and geneticists have sequenced the genome of a boy sacrificed 500 years ago during an Incan ritual in the Andes, finding a previously unidentified lineage that hints at genetic diversity before the Spanish landed in the Americas.

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Congress moves to claim space resource rights for Americans despite an international treaty

Asteroid platinum and the briny water on Mars may soon be available for plunder, Republicans and Democrats have agreed, advancing a bill that would grant “space resource rights” and could challenge an international treaty on outer space.

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Utah authorities fight judge's order to remove baby from lesbian foster parents

Utah state officials have announced they will fight a judge’s order that a baby girl be taken away from her married lesbian foster parents and placed with a heterosexual couple.

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States with background checks have 64 percent fewer domestic violence shootings: report

Gun control advocates examined data from January 2009 and 15 July – states that checked for a criminal history had 64% fewer domestic violence shootings

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City workers discover centuries old tombs beneath New York City's Washington Square Park

City workers have discovered two burial vaults underneath Washington Square Park in New York City, uncovering the remains of at least a dozen people interred around two centuries ago.

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