Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 6, 2017. (Axel Schmidt/Reuters)
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Ahead of President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, critics are angry that Trump is not expected to bring up Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. What will the two discuss in their first bilateral talks? The list of possibilities is long: Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Crimea, ISIS.
Governor Jerry Brown is planning a “climate action” summit next year in San Francisco. Meanwhile, questions continue about California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the cap-and-trade program.
The Mormon Church in Salt Lake City houses one of the largest genealogy databases in the world, covering more than a million people. From those records, researchers in the early 1980s found evidence of a deadly genetic mutation that causes colon cancer. The mutation has been passed on through multiple generations, decimating some Mormon families that carried it.
Ronald Reagan’s image was so carefully crafted for an eager American public that his administration had a film crew follow him around every day. They called it White House Television. The Reagan administration generated as much footage as the preceding five administrations combined. The material is part of a new documentary called “The Reagan Show.”
In 2010, Hobby Lobby’s owners bought thousands of ancient Middle Eastern artifacts with religious significance. Those items had been illegally smuggled out of Iraq through the United Arab Emirates and Israel. That’s according to a settlement the company reached with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this week. Hobby Lobby has agreed to forfeit all the antiquities and pay $3 million to settle the charges.
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Taylor Mac takes on U.S. history in 246 songs, two dozen costume changes Taylor Mac will perform his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” starting Thursday in LA. It’s divided into four shows on four separate nights. It’s about this history of oppression and activism in the U.S. -- from 1776 to present day.
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