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GOP Health Care Bill Appears Dead After Sen. Collins Declares Opposition

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Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., continues to tweak the health care bill he cosponsors in an effort to persuade reluctant senators to back it. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Rental Firms' Disaster Readiness May Help Usher The Age Of Self-Driving Cars

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The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem Monday night in Glendale, Ariz., ahead of the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Matt York/AP hide caption

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NFL Players, Coaches Protest National Anthem After Trump's Attacks

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Trump's Criticism Renews Spotlight On NFL National Anthem Protests

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Carmen Rivera, at left in the orange dress, sits on a cot at the Cataño shelter. She suffers from severe asthma and knee pain and has had to be rushed by ambulance to the hospital for asthma treatment twice since the hurricane. She says she feels forgotten by authorities. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Desperation In Puerto Rican Town Where 60 Percent Are Now Homeless

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FBI's 2016 Crime Report Reveals Increase In Homicides

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Russian-Linked Election Ads Highlight Scope Of Facebook's Power

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White House Amends Travel Ban To Expand Beyond Muslim-Majority Countries

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Virginia Election Serves As First Test Of U.S. Voting System Security

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Fast Food Restaurants Announce Efforts To Serve Healthier Kids' Meals

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CBS' 'Star Trek: Discovery' Goes Boldly Where No Trek Show Has Gone Before

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GOP Lawmakers Present Revised Version Of Graham-Cassidy Health Bill

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American Hospital Association CEO Explains His Opposition To Graham-Cassidy Bill

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NFL National Anthem Protests Recall History Of Sports And Politics

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