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Flap in Congress over gender identity sinks spending bill

WASHINGTON The rancorous political debate over sexual identity unexpectedly prompted the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to reject an energy and water spending bill on Thursday after Democrats attached an amendment to protect the rights of transgender people.

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Mother of Texas 'affluenza' teen indicted for money laundering

FORT WORTH, Texas The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash was formally charged with money laundering on Thursday, related to her helping him flee to Mexico last year, her attorney said.

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Tiffany's 'old-world luxury' fails to charm millennials

For Alan Feid, a 28-year-old looking to buy an engagement ring for his fiancée, the rings he found in the diamond district in Manhattan were just as good as the ones he saw at Tiffany & Co's flagship store on Fifth Avenue. And they cost less than half the price.

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Commentary: Here's what really went wrong with Brazil's economy

When President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left office in January 2011, Brazil was widely regarded as Latin America’s gold standard for economic development and social progress. But today, with his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, facing an impeachment trial, the country is widely viewed as an economic failure.

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