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The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

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Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Third Tsarnaev Friend Indicted On Lying Charge

Aug 29, 2013

A third friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has now been indicted on a charge related to what authorities say were attempts by the trio to mislead investigators or dispose of evidence that linked Tsarnaev to the bombings.

The office of the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts posted this statement on Twitter early Thursday afternoon:

"Federal GJ indicts Robel Phillipos for making false statements during the Boston Marathon bombing terrorism investigation."

GJ refers to a grand jury.

A second tweet states that:

"Robel Phillipos will not appear in court this week. Once a date for his hearing has been scheduled, we will post it."

Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, who died April 19 after a gun battle with police, are the lone suspects in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the finish line of the marathon on April 15.

Earlier this month, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, also friends of Tsarnaev, were indicted "for allegedly trying to thwart investigators by throwing away fireworks and other items they found in Tsarnaev's dorm room the day before his capture."

Phillipos is accused of lying about what Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov did. Phillipos has been out on bail since his early May arrest. At the time of his arrest, he was 19.

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