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Team USA's Only Mom Athlete Opens Up About Parenthood

Team USA's Only Mom Athlete Opens Up About ParenthoodThe 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are officially underway.



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Melania Trump only follows 5 people on Twitter — and one won't make her husband happy

Melania Trump only follows 5 people on Twitter — and one won't make her husband happyFirst lady Melania Trump may have over 9.7 million followers on her @FLOTUS twitter account, but she only follows five people — one of whom may surprise you.



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An Actual Nazi Is About To Be The Only GOP Candidate In A Congressional Race

An Actual Nazi Is About To Be The Only GOP Candidate In A Congressional RaceA former leader in the American Nazi Party is about to get the Republican nomination for a U.S. congressional seat in Illinois.



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Only One President Had The Guts To Say The State Of The Union Is 'Not Good'

Only One President Had The Guts To Say The State Of The Union Is 'Not Good'WASHINGTON ― The State of the Union is one of the most predictable set pieces of political theater in the United States.



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Monday's Morning Email: Bruno Mars Wasn't The Only Big Winner At The Grammys

Monday's Morning Email: Bruno Mars Wasn't The Only Big Winner At The GrammysTOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?



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One Year Since Trump's First Travel Ban, Many Refugees Left With Only Hellish Options

One Year Since Trump's First Travel Ban, Many Refugees Left With Only Hellish OptionsIt feels like just yesterday that a collective revolt surged in opposition to the signing of President Donald Trump’s first travel ban, enacted one year ago Saturday.



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CIA: North Korea Only Months Away from Ability to Hit America with Nuclear Weapon

CIA: North Korea Only Months Away from Ability to Hit America with Nuclear WeaponThe Central Intelligence Agency assesses that North Korea will have a reliable capability to strike at the continental United States in only a few months. “The way we ought to think about it is reliability,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute on Jan. 23. Pompeo notes that there is a world of difference between being able to build a rudimentary capability to build an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead that can possibly hit the United States if everything goes right versus a reliable weapon that will hit the target every time.



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Jeanette Epps is not the only astronaut NASA has removed from their planned flights

Jeanette Epps is not the only astronaut NASA has removed from their planned flightsOn Jan. 18, NASA announced that astronaut Jeanette Epps would not fly, as expected, to the International Space Station in June. The mission would have been historic, since she would have become the first African-American crewmember on the orbiting outpost.  The space agency hasn't released any information about why Epps was benched from her planned mission, saying only that "these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information," according to NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean. Epps will now work in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center and await another possible flight assignment. Epps' removal from her planned flight isn't without historic precedent. SEE ALSO: Astronaut expected to be the 1st African-American Space Station crewmember won't fly in 2018 after all NASA has benched astronauts before flights many times in its decades as a federal agency, and for many different reasons. "Flight assignments have been changed often in the past at various stages of training for a variety of reasons," Dean said via email. Specifically, quite a few astronauts have been removed from their missions for health reasons.  NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps.Image: NASANASA's Ken Mattingly was pulled from the Apollo 13 crew just a few days before their scheduled launch because he was exposed to German measles.  From the ground, Mattingly was part of the team that helped bring back the Apollo 13 crew to Earth after an oxygen tank exploded, putting the lives of the crew in serious danger and forcing them to abandon their planned moon landing.  Mattingly still earned a place in cinematic history, since he was portrayed by actor Gary Sinise in the movie
Apollo 13. "Long before Jeanette Epps was pulled from her upcoming space station expedition, astronauts such as Ken Mattingly in 1970 and Don Thomas in 2002 were reassigned due to medical issues, while Mark Lee was pulled from a 2001 space station assembly shuttle mission for reasons NASA never disclosed," space historian and editor of collectSPACE.com Robert Pearlman said in an interview.  "To their crewmates' credit, despite the interruptions, the missions went on as planned (or in the case of Apollo 13, went awry but at no fault of Mattingly's replacement, Jack Swigert)." NASA also replaced Jeff Ashby in 1997 due to an illness in his family, and other astronauts have been removed due to other medical or personal issues. "NASA invests a lot of time, effort and money in training their astronaut crews, and stresses teamwork throughout, so the decision to remove an astronaut from a flight is never taken lightly," Pearlman said. Epps's 2018 mission was announced in 2017 and it immediately went viral.  News organizations profiled Epps and wrote about her expected upcoming flight, making the news of her reassignment all the more surprising.  She has not yet flown to space. Epps was chosen as part of NASA's 2009 astronaut class as one of 14 candidates.  Her path to NASA is different from many other astronauts, however.  Epps started off as a NASA fellow and then worked at Ford Motor Company before spending seven years at the Central Intelligence Agency.  Epps was inspired to become an astronaut after watching the first class of women become NASA astronauts decades ago. "It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and my twin sisters' grades and he said, 'You know, you guys can probably become aerospace engineers or even astronauts,'" Epps said in a NASA video. "And this was at the time that Sally Ride [the first American woman to fly in space] and a group of women were selected to become astronauts — the first time in history. So, he made that comment and I said, 'Wow, that would be so cool.'" WATCH: Here's how Virgin's space program is different than SpaceX



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Video Shows Woman Wearing Only Hospital Gown as She's Left Outside ER

Video Shows Woman Wearing Only Hospital Gown as She's Left Outside ERThe woman was wearing only a hospital gown when hospital staff left her outside in 30-degree temps.



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India's only openly gay prince is building an LGBTQ center at his palace

India's only openly gay prince is building an LGBTQ center at his palaceEvery once in a while, design (and humanitarian) miracles do happen. In India this week, for example, the country's only openly gay prince, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, announced that he would be opening an LGBTQ center on the grounds of his ancestral palace. SEE ALSO: LGBTI activists are reclaiming Rwanda, one neighborhood at a time “People still face a lot of pressure from their families when they come out, being forced to marry, or thrown out of their homes. They often have nowhere to go, no means to support themselves," Mohil told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "I am not going to have children, so I thought, why not use this space for a good purpose?”  The Prince at Los Angeles Pride in June 2016.Image: chelsea gulielmino/WireImageMohil's decision is especially important given his cultural context. In India, same-sex relations remain illegal. Homosexuality is largely stigmatized. When Mohil first came out, people burned effigies of him in his home province. The LGBTQ population is further vulnerable to homelessness, and some couples have even fled the country after being threatened with honor killings. At his center, Mohil plans to offer rooms, HIV education, and medical care, as well as vocational training. To support all of these services, Mohil will renovate and expand his palace in Gujarat in western India, and potentially cultivate some of his land for organic farming. Change may be slow in Mohil's province, but at least it's coming. WATCH: The history of Pride



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