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In her second ruling on the Texas Senate Bill, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos said changes made to 2011 voter ID law did not "fully ameliorate" its "discriminatory intent." LM Otero/AP hide caption

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The USS John S. McCain was left with a hole on its port side after a collision with oil tanker earlier this week, one of three such incidents this summer. Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chants of "White lives matter!" "You will not replace us!" and "Jews will not replace us!" rang out on Aug. 11 as several hundred white nationalists and supremacists carried torches through the University of Virginia. Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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In the U.S., the average age for initiating sexual activity has remained around 17 or 18 since the early 1990s, even as people have begun marrying later in life. PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, speaks during a news conference in June after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Walmart customers will be able to place an order by simply saying it out loud, using either the voice-activated speaker Google Home (left) or the Google Assistant app. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Ahmed Abu Khatallah is sworn in during a hearing at the federal U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in June 2014. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and terrorism charges related to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Dana Verkouteren/AP hide caption

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Trial Looms For Sole Defendant In 2012 Benghazi Attack That Killed Ambassador

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President Trump speaks with newly sworn-in White House chief of staff John Kelly at the White House on July 31. Kelly is one of four former generals who were appointed to top administration positions. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Donald Trump Likes To Surround Himself With Generals

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Across the state of Maine, the number of prescriptions for painkillers is dropping. But some patients who have chronic pain say they need high doses of the medication to be able to function. Fanatic Studio/Getty Images hide caption

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Intent On Reversing Its Opioid Epidemic, A State Limits Prescriptions

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, D, center, recently signed a bill into law that would require insurers in the state to cover reproductive health services. Don Ryan/AP hide caption

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White nationalist Richard Spencer's free speech fight against Google, Facebook and other tech companies has some unlikely support from the left. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

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Ten Chinese and Russian companies as well as six individuals are targeted by a new round of U.S. sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang's weapons program. This follows a round of U.N. sanctions. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Unveils Sanctions To Curb North Korea's Weapons Program

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Four men —Mohamed Houli Chemlal (from left), Driss Oukabir, Salah El Karib and Mohamed Aallaa — suspected of being part of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Spain leaves a Civil Guard base on the outskirts of Madrid prior to their court appearance on Tuesday. AP hide caption

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A priest blesses a boy during Holy Communion. Earlier this year, the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference approved guidelines for priests who father children. In the guidelines, which were recently published online, the Irish bishops advised any priest who is also a father to "face up to his responsibilities — personal, legal, moral and financial." Peter Morrison/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Department of Justice on Aug. 4. The department is being sued by multiple cities, including now Los Angeles, over its stance on "sanctuary cities." Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With her Instagram response, Louise Linton, shown at a 2014 Grey Goose promotional event in Scotland, has opened the door for a discussion on a progressive tax system. Martin Grimes/Getty Images for Grey Goose hide caption

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Greenpeace activists hang a banner from the rafters at a bank shareholders' meeting earlier this year in Zurich, calling for it to "STOP DIRTY PIPELINE DEALS!" Also on the banner are hashtags supporting Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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