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Donald Trump Won’t Release Tax Returns (Surprise, surprise)

Trump won't release tax returnsDespite pressure, the billionaire also doesn't expect to release his tax returns before November, citing an ongoing audit of his finances. He said he will release them after the audit ends. But he said that he wouldn't overrule his lawyers and instruct them to release his returns if the audit hasn't concluded by November.

"There's nothing to learn from them," Trump told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. He also has said he doesn't believe voters are interested.

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Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by U.S. companies

Vietnam arms conferenceVietnam hosts a defense symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.

Secrecy has surrounded the event staged by the communist country and attended by firms including Boeing (BA.N) and Lockheed Martin (LMT.N). It coincides with the biggest arms buildup in the country since the Vietnam War.

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Navy SEAL in training dies during water exercises in California

Navy Seal dies in trainingA 21-year-old Navy SEAL student from Florida died during his first week of underwater demolition training in California, the U.S. Navy said.

James Derek Lovelace of Crestview, Fla., died on Friday. The Navy said safety observers noticed Lovelace was having difficulty during water familiarization exercises before pulling him out of the pool. Resuscitation efforts and first aid were attempted unsuccessfully after he lost consciousness.

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White ex-cop faces federal charges in black motorist's death

Michael SlagerA white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist who was running away has been indicted on federal charges including depriving the victim of his civil rights.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday also charges Michael Slager, 34, with obstruction of justice and unlawful use of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

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Children dying in Nigeria military detention: Amnesty

Children dying in Nigeria detentionBabies and children have died in squalid conditions in a military detention centre in northeast Nigeria, where suspected Boko Haram members are being held, often without any evidence, according to an Amnesty International report.

The UK-based human rights group said 149 people, including at least 12 children and babies, have died in the Giwa barracks, the main military prison in Maiduguri, because of appalling and unsanitary conditions, since the beginning of this year.

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Blast in Baghdad market kills at least 50

Baghdad blast kills at least 50A car bomb in a predominantly Shia district of the Iraqi capital has killed at least 50 people and wounded at least 100 others, police sources told Al Jazeera.

A 4WD vehicle packed with explosives blew up near a beauty salon in a bustling market at rush hour in Baghdad's Sadr City on Wednesday.

Most of the victims were women, Iraqi police and hospital sources told Reuters news agency.

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Counseling group says Tenn. law is anti-LGBT, cancels conference

NashvilleIn protest of a Tennessee law they say is an affront to the profession of counseling and the worst legislation the group has tracked in decades, the American Counseling Association has canceled its annual conference scheduled for Nashville next year.

The decision, announced by the organization on Tuesday, comes two weeks after Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a controversial bill in Tennessee that allows counselors to cite principles to reject patients. Gay rights advocates and the ACA had opposed the legislation.

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The U.S. Military Is Failing to Support Its Sickest Kids

Military doesn't take care of its sickest kidsAccording to numbers provided by the Defense Department, there are only 7 in the entire military hospital system—a network of more than 50 hospitals serving nearly 2 million children. (The Defense Department told me there are 15 full-time pediatric social workers at Navy, Army, and Air Force hospitals, with more than half of them based in Japan, not the United States.)

The military health system has an annual budget of $50 billion, so why does it spend so little on full-time pediatric social workers for hospitalized babies and children?

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If 1 in 10 U.S. smokers quits, $63 billion saved

smokers quitting saves billionsKicking the smoking habit boosts more than just your health -- it also saves money.  That's because health care costs plummet just one year after stopping, new research shows.

A 10 percent decline in smoking would reduce U.S. health care costs by $63 billion the following year, a study from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) estimated.

"Our study shows that significant changes in health care expenditures begin to appear quickly after changes in smoking behavior," study first author James Lightwood, an associate professor in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, said in a university news release.

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