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The transit of Mercury, left, in front of the Sun is seen from  St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. The photo was taken through a hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) narrow spectrum solar telescope that permits examination of the sun's protuberances and showing the surface activity. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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Making headlines this week

A look back at some of the biggest stories this week and the headlines you may have missed.

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Trump on best behavior as he woos Republicans but differences remain

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump went on a charm offensive on Thursday to try to win the party establishment's support for his insurgent candidacy, but top Republican Paul Ryan stopped short of endorsing him.

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Republicans win Obamacare legal challenge, add to insurer concerns

A U.S. judge handed a victory to congressional Republicans who challenged President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, ruling that his administration overstepped its constitutional powers relating to government spending.

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Obama administration to issue transgender restroom guidance to schools

The letter, signed by officials from the Education and Justice departments, does not have the force of law but contains an implicit threat that schools which do not abide by the Obama administration's interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.

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U.S. plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids

U.S. immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, May 13

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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VW eyes U.S. emissions deal as it pushes comeback plans

Volkswagen is counting on a final deal next month with U.S. authorities as it pushes plans to launch crossover and electric vehicles in the United States, its sales chief said.

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Trump, Ryan meet in bid to heal fractured U.S. Republican Party

Presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from a meeting declaring they had taken steps toward healing fissures in the party but that differences remained.

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Pew study sees a shrinking middle class in major U.S. cities

According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, a widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income groups in major metro areas, with fewer remaining in the middle.

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Pistol used in Trayvon Martin shooting to be auctioned

The pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin is going up for auction online.

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Cyber attacks on Islamic State use tools others also have: U.S. defense chief

Cyber attack techniques used by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State could also be used by other countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.

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10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, May 12

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Poll finds Trump, Clinton even as they turn to general election

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are in a statistical tie in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday, showing a tight battle for the White House as the two likely nominees turn their attention to the Nov. 8 election.

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Spending can’t keep up with America’s crumbling infrastructure

Examples of major U.S. infrastructure failures abound, from Flint, Michigan's drinking water crisis to travel delays at New York's LaGuardia Airport and the deadly 2007 I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

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North Carolina transgender battle could expand civil rights law

The legal battle over transgender rights between the state of North Carolina and the U.S. government has moved the country closer to settling one of the last frontiers in civil rights law.

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FDA to reevaluate definition of ‘healthy’

The Food and Drug Administration will reevaluate its definition of "healthy," which could upend how a range of foods are marketed.

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Trump, in Capitol Hill visit, faces party skeptics looking for unity

Presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will visit Republican lawmakers on Thursday, but instead of what is usually just a rite on the road to the nomination, Trump will face pressure to tone down his rhetoric and clarify his policy positions as a step toward unifying the fractured party.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, May 11

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Once unthinkable, ‘heroin havens’ get serious look

It's not a new concept for other parts of the world, but state officials in the U.S., alarmed by 47,000 American drug overdose deaths in 2014, are considering what used to be unthinkable here -- government-sanctioned shoot-up sites.

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It’s official: Bison designated as national mammal

The bison, whose image adorned the back of the U.S. nickel for 25 years and has graced the U.S. Interior Department seal since 1912, was bestowed symbolic status equal to that of the American bald eagle through an act of Congress.

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Changes are coming to Twitter

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User names and attachments - including photos and videos - will no longer count towards the length of a tweet, but the 140-character limit will stay.

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‘Pink Panther’ star Burt Kwouk dies at 85

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He also starred in numerous films, among them three James Bond movies including "Goldfinger."

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WATCH: ‘Chewbacca Mom’ and ‘Star Wars’ director J.J. Abrams take a drive

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Just three happy Chewbaccas having fun in a car together.

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Congressman charges NFL with wrongdoing

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A senior House Democrat has found that National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease.

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Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform

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The Democratic Party said on Monday it would give U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Sanders' camp and party leaders, whom Sanders has accused of favoring rival Hillary Clinton.