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Syria conflict: Air strike on refugee camp 'kills dozens'

Syria refugees bombedDozens of people are reported to have been killed in an air strike on a refugee camp in rebel-held northern Syria, monitors and witnesses say.

Images on social media showed tents destroyed at the Kamouna camp near Sarmada in Idlib province, close to the Turkish border.  Some reports say the attack was by Syrian or Russian warplanes but this has not been confirmed.

The strike comes a day after the extension of a truce was confirmed.

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Planned Parenthood Sues Kansas Over Plan To Cut Medicaid Funding

Planned parenthoodPlanned Parenthood, a U.S. women’s healthcare and abortion provider, has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Kansas over a plan to strip it of government healthcare funding, court records showed.

Planned Parenthood says at least 24 states have cut its clinics of funding since mid-2015, when anti-abortion activists released videos purporting to show group officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue.

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Pentagon perpetuates stigma of mental health counseling, study says

Pentagon perpetuates mental health stigmaEven as troop suicides remain at record levels, the Pentagon has failed to persuade servicemembers to seek counseling without fears that they'll damage their careers, a stinging government review concludes.

Despite six major Pentagon or independent studies from 2007 through 2014 that urged action to end the persistent stigma linked to mental health counseling, little has changed, analysts said in the April report by the Government Accountability Office.

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U.S. regulators ban e-cigarette, cigar sales to minors

Feds ban e-cigs for minorsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday banned sales of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco to people under age 18, in line with cigarette rules, a move aimed at preventing a new generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.

The agency said it also will require companies to submit these products to it for regulatory review, provide it with a list of product ingredients and place health warnings on their product packages and in advertisements.

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Alberta fire evacuees moved a 2nd time as weather shifts

Alberta firesA raging wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta has moved south, forcing three more communities to evacuate and an emergency operations center to move again - taking it far from the devastated oil sands city of Fort McMurray.

Officials with the Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo had been notified of changing weather patterns and weren't taking chances, ordering the evacuation of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation, an aboriginal reservation.

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Turkish prime minister announces decision to step down

Turkish PM steps downTurkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the country's president to pursue a tighter grip on power.

Davutoglu, who had fallen out with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced he was stepping aside following a meeting with executives of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, which has dominated Turkish politics since 2002.

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Neither former Bush president will endorse Donald Trump

Both Bushed do not endorse TrumpNeither George HW nor George W Bush, the only two living former Republican presidents of the United States, will endorse Donald Trump.

In statements released to the Guardian on Wednesday evening, spokesmen for both former presidents said they would be sitting out the 2016 election. Freddy Ford, a spokesman for George W Bush, told the Guardian: “President George W Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.”

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U.S. government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

McCroryA conservative group representing more than 50 Illinois parents challenged the Obama administration’s aggressive stance on letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice Wednesday — the same day the Justice Department warned North Carolina that a law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that align with their gender at birth violates the Civil Rights Act.

The pair of developments seemed poised to increase the political pressure surrounding the administration's interpretation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in education based on sex, and signals that a drawn-out legal battle — possibly going as far as the Supreme Court — could be in store. Access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender students has been debated hotly in the race for the White House, with Donald Trump arguing that such individuals should be free to use whichever bathroom they prefer.

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Former US Senator Bob Bennett dies at age 82

Bob Bennet diesRobert F. Bennett — a Utah native, businessman and three-term U.S. Senator turned teacher — died Wednesday evening at age 82.

Greg Hopkins, his partner with the Bennett Group, confirmed that Bennett had died following a long battle with cancer.

Bennett confirmed in February 2015 he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind a wife, six children and several grandchildren.

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