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The U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean Sea at the Al Shayrat airfield in Syria on Thursday night. Six people perished in the attack, according to the Syrian army. The Shayrat airfield is supposedly where the chemicals used in this week’s attack in Idlib were created. Russia was notified of the looming missile launches, which gave its personnel stationed in Syria an opportunity to evacuate. However, President Vladimir Putin was not personally notified beforehand. “President Putin considers the American strikes against Syria an aggression against a sovereign government in violations of the norms of international law, and under a far-fetched pretext,” said Russian spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Friday. “This step by Washington is causing significant damage to Russian-American relations, which are already in a deplorable state.” Russia claimed that the U.S. violated international law with its strike and asked for an emergency UN meeting on Friday. – NYT

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The Senate has approved Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is filling the spot left vacant by the late judge Antonin Scalia. Earlier this week, the GOP exercised the “nuclear option” after Democrats made it clear that they would filibuster the vote. Under the nuclear option, Republicans only needed 51 votes to confirm Gorsuch. "For the life of me, I don't understand why the Democrats made such a fuss about this (nominee)," said Sen. Orrin Hatch. "They look stupid. The next one, I mean I expect Armageddon." – REUTERS

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In an effort to reduce the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, KFC will stop buying poultry that is fed certain antibiotics. The franchise’s owner, Yum Brands Inc., will give poultry suppliers until 2018 to stop feeding their chicken antibiotics also used to treat humans. "We recognize that it's a growing public health concern," said KFC U.S. President Kevin Hochman. "This is something that's important to many of our customers and it's something we need to do to show relevance and modernity within our brand.” The new stance will only affect KFC locations in the U.S. – REUTERS

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Trade and investment cooperation were hallmarks of the first meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump on Thursday. A statement on China’s Foreign Ministry website said that President Jinping believed in the promotion of a bilateral investment agreement. "We have a thousand reasons to get China-U.S. relations right, and not one reason to spoil the China-U.S. relationship," he told Trump. The two leaders will conclude their two-day summit today over a working lunch. – NYT

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An Air Force general says that the military would consider placing satellites in orbit via used SpaceX rockets. Using previously flown rockets could help the Pentagon save money. “I would be comfortable if we were to fly on a reused booster,” said General John "Jay" Raymond. “They’ve proven they can do it ... It’s going to get us to lower cost.” Earlier this month, SpaceX successfully reused one of its rockets for the first time to deliver a satellite into orbit. – REUTERS

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Billie Lourd has signed on to star in the seventh season of “American Horror Story,” which may pull from the 2016 presidential election. "All of the stuff that I’m developing now is going to be about illuminating and highlighting people who don’t have a voice in our culture — people who are ignored by the current administration and who are afraid and feel terrorized that their lives are going to be taken away," creator Ryan Murphy previously said in an interview. Lourd (“Star Wars,” “Scream Queens”) will be joining Billy Eichner as a new member of the “American Horror Story” ensemble. – THR

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In an interview on Thursday, Hillary Clinton said she is still “deeply concerned” over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "A foreign power meddled with our election and did so in a way that we are learning more about every single day,” she said. Clinton went on to argue that the Russian hacking was “more effective theft even than Watergate,” and President Vladimir Putin was out to “sow distrust and confusion, as well as influence, our election.” The interview with the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof was Clinton’s first public sit-down since the election. – CNN

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The UN is currently holding a meeting at the request of Russia, which condemned the U.S. airstrike on Syria. "This is not the first time the United States has resorted to such a thoughtless step, which merely exacerbates existing problems and threatens global security,” Russia said, prior to the meeting. The country has also dismissed accusations that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad orchestrated this week’s toxic gas attack in Idlib, Syria. – REUTERS

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YouTube has announced that ads will not appear on videos posted to channels with less than 10,000 total views. The company made the announcement in a blog post on Thursday. “This new threshold gives us enough information to determine the validity of a channel,” YouTube said.” It also allows us to confirm if a channel is following our community guidelines and advertiser policies.” In the coming weeks, the site says it will also add a review process for creators who want to join its YouTube Partner Program. – ARSTECHNICA

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Twitter is now suing the Department of Homeland Security for requesting the identity of a “rogue” federal government employee. DHS had been attempting to find the person behind the “@ALT_uscis” account, and it told Twitter to hide its request for further information. "Twitter has resisted other government attempts for information about its users including a demand from New York prosecutors for information about an Occupy Wall Street protester in 2012," said NPR’s Laura Sydell. "Twitter lost that case." The individual behind @ALT_uscis has responded to the lawsuit, asking, “If they win here, where will they stop? Who will be next?” Twitter and the DHS have not commented on the matter. – NPR

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A truck drove through a shopping area in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, killing at least three people. Witnesses claim that they saw numerous body-like forms covered in blankets at the scene where emergency services were tending to the situation. Police have confirmed few details, and no arrests have been made. "Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to the fact that this is a terrorist attack," Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said. This story is developing. – REUTERS

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The European Union has said that it understood the “intention” behind the U.S. military airstrikes on a Syrian base on Thursday. Specifically, it said that it was under the assumption that the country’s goal was to prevent more chemical attacks. "The US has informed the European Union that ... they launched a strike on Shayrat Airfield in Syria with the understandable intention to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons," said EU diplomat Federica Mogherini. "The US also informed us that these strikes are limited and focused on preventing and deterring further use of chemical weapons atrocities. Those found responsible should be sanctioned within the framework of the United Nations." – REUTERS

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