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1. WHAT WASN’T PART OF TRUMP’S CRITIQUE OF RUSSIA AHEAD OF CRUCIAL MEETING WITH PUTIN
Trump urged Russia to stop “destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere,” but stopped short of condemning Moscow for meddling in the US election.
2. WHY US IS UNLIKELY TO LAUNCH A PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE AGAINST NORTH KOREA
Even a so-called surgical strike is unlikely to destroy the North’s arsenal or stop it from swiftly retaliating against South Korea.
3. HOBBY LOBBY ACCUSED OF HYPOCRISY AMID SMUGGLING CASE
Federal prosecutors say the arts-and-crafts chain owned by devout Christians purchased items that were imported by deception and may have been looted or stolen.
4. ANALYSTS EXPECT TO SEE STAGNATING WAGES IN UPCOMING JOBS REPORT
Economists predict that the U.S. Labor Department’s report will show the average hourly wage rising just 2.6 percent, well below the average typical in a healthy economy.
5. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT QUESTIONS WHETHER ‘SANCTUARY CITIES’ ARE SHARING INFORMATION ON RESIDENTS’ IMMIGRATION STATUS
In a statement, the Justice Department says it was reviewing policies to see if those cities should lose federal grant money as a result.
6. OREGON ABORTION BILL COULD TRIGGER LAWSUITS
The bill would require insurance companies to cover abortions, and the uninsured could have costs covered by state’s Medicaid program - and that could conflict with policies prohibiting use of federal funds for abortions.
7. NEW YORK GOVERNOR LAUNCHES PROBE INTO HOSPITAL’S HANDLING OF POLICE SHOOTER
The gunman sought psychiatric care days before he ambushed an NYPD officer and fatally shot her, but he was released after about an hour.
8. FDA ASKS MANUFACTURER TO PULL PAINKILLER OFF THE MARKET DUE TO ABUSE
Opana ER is the first opioid drug that the FDA has sought to remove for that reason.
9. MAINE GOVERNOR SAYS SOCIETY WOULD BE BETTER WITHOUT PRINT NEWS MEDIA
Speaking on a local radio show, Gov. Paul LePage also suggested he sometimes makes up stories to mislead local reporters.
10. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SUGGESTS YOU COOK YOUR WALRUS WELL
The agency warned of the dangers of undercooked game meat after outbreaks of trichinosis in Alaska sickened 10 people who ate the mammal in the last year.