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UN warns of 'merciless abyss' in besieged eastern Aleppo

The U.N.'s humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council that the conditions had descended into the "merciless abyss of humanitarian catastrophe."

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1 dead, over 100 hurt in train crash at New Jersey station

The New Jersey Transit train ran off the end of its track as was pulling into the station, smashing through a concrete-and-steel bumper. 

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At United Nations, Pakistan flags rising tension with India

Pakistan's U.N. envoy asked to informally brief the Security Council on the country's escalating tension with neighboring India.

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Saudi foreign ministry condemns passage of U.S. Sept. 11 law

The foreign ministry expressed hope that the U.S. Congress would correct the legislation.

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Sisters found dead in villa on African island

The bodies of Annie Korkki and Robin Korkki were found in their resort villa last week in Seychelles.

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White House lashes out at Congress after 9/11 bill vote

The White House turned to mockery as top GOP leaders expressed buyer's remorse and vowed to fix the bill.

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Is Sudan using chemical weapons on civilians in Darfur?

Darfur has slipped off the international public's radar. Will a new report alleging the use of chemical weapons against civilians revive it?

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Hoboken crash: Is the nation's rail system in need of repair?

The New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken on Thursday is the latest trouble faced by the transportation agency, which has faced funding problems and delayed projects.

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How a Hollywood scandal is changing rape laws around the country (+video)

Allegations against comedian Bill Cosby have led three states to extend or lift the statute of limitations for rape filings. 

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Do offensive names deserve trademark protection? Supreme Court to weigh in.

When the government denies a request for a trademark it deems disparaging, is a penalty on private speech – or a refusal to subsidize offensive messaging?

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New temple highlights Mormon church growth, bucking national trend

As many traditional Protestant sects in the United States have seen a decline in membership in recent years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has continued to grow.

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Is Saudi Arabia serious about bringing back high oil prices? (+video)

Saudi Arabia appears to be backing off its policy of letting low oil prices burn off a global glut. But its real motives still aren't clear. 

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Gambling’s hype

As the global gambling market grows to a predicted $1 trillion market, many operators are pushing ads with false promises of easy riches. Such deceit shows why governments must encourage living by talent, education, and hard work, not a belief in luck.

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Can Clinton win over Millennials with her climate change ​policies? (+video)

Climate change is one of the top issues for likely Millennial voters. But will they turn out in sufficient numbers to help Hillary Clinton? 

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Can conservative newspapers boost Johnson’s appeal?

The Detroit News has backed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in spite of its right-leaning editorial stance. But will it matter?

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This bizarre Triassic reptile could change what an arm looks like

Over 200 million years ago, a reptile roamed the Earth with forelimbs unlike those paleontologists expected. What could they have been for?

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Dams linked to methane emissions: How dirty is 'clean' hydropower?

A new study says artificial reservoirs created by dams may emit 1.3 percent of global emissions in the form of methane. How will that affect hydropower-dependent nations?

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White House makes paid sick leave mandatory for federal contractors (+video)

Federal contractors will now be required to give employees paid sick leave, under new rules passed by the Obama administration.

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At Boston Latin, student voices drive 'reset' on race

Students – who are often unheard – played a major role in driving a federal investigation into racially-charged incidents at the prestigious exam school. It's just one example of high-schoolers pushing more vocally for change.

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For French protester, a surprising discovery in Calais migrant 'Jungle'

Nicole Cordier was among those in Calais demanding the end of the Jungle migrant camp, near the French end of the Channel Tunnel. Then she decided to visit.

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After more than a decade, Rosetta space probe makes its final landing

The space probe, launched in 2004, will be crash-landed on a comet. Rosetta and its lander have given researchers significant insights into comets and the formation of celestial bodies. 

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His mission to fix leaky taps has saved millions of gallons of water

Aabid Surti was irked when he saw water wasted by dripping taps. Now he’s visited 13,000 homes in the suburbs of Mumbai to fix leaks.

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Is a win for the 'ballot selfie' a win for free speech?

A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on ballot photos. Some say the law hinders free speech in the digital age, while others say it protects voters from coercion.

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Why tech giants are forming an AI coalition

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM have partnered to counter fears about AI and develop industry-wide ethics for the emerging technology. 

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The rich benefit most from individual tax breaks

Individual tax subsidies totaled 1.168 trillion in 2015, and the biggest share went to the highest-income households. 

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Digital attack on journalist raises specter of online censorship

After an unprecedented online assault took down cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs's influential cybersecurity blog, he was able to return to the web because of a new service that protects journalists and activists from online censorship. 

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Is Tokyo reconsidering its Olympic bid?

After a panel of experts estimated the costs of hosting the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo at $30 billion, officials are searching for ways to mitigate expenses. 

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Is the anthem protest spreading to the military?

In the past two months, two military members publicly shared their refusal to stand to the national anthem as a form of protest despite rules against such actions.

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On a Northern Lights night, Iceland dims the lights to admire nature's own (+video)

The blackout was a deliberate move by city officials, who hoped to cut light pollution and give residents a better view of the Aurora Borealis.

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What were ancient Roman coins doing underneath a Japanese castle?

Archaeologists found the coins beneath an ancient castle in Okinawa, Japan. Roman coins have never before been found in the country, leaving researchers questioning exactly where they came from.

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For a cheap holiday flight, book early and use the right credit card

If you book a ticket early enough, once the holidays roll around you won't have to worry about it anymore. 

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Jon Favreau will helm live-action 'Lion King': Is 'Lion' Disney's biggest triumph?

The newest Disney animated film to be adapted as a live-action production is 'Lion King,' with Disney recently announcing that 'The Jungle Book' director Favreau will take on the classic 1994 film.

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What the Paris car show says about the future of electric cars

Electric cars dominate the discussion at the Paris Motor Show, as Volkswagen and Mercedes roll out new designs and ambitious plans.

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What Gary Johnson’s ‘Aleppo moments’ might tell us about why voters like him

The Libertarian Party candidate was unable to name a single foreign leader he admired or respected during an interview on Wednesday.

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'Silence' will arrive for Oscar season: Will Scorsese film be awards favorite?

Scorsese's latest film, 'Silence,' could be another awards season contender for the director. He and his films had been nominated several times before his 2006 movie 'The Departed' won Best Picture and he received a best director Oscar.

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Why the UN is launching a space mission

The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, in partnership with the Sierra Nevada Corporation, will launch a mission that provides developing countries with the opportunity to launch an experimental payload into low-Earth orbit.

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World leaders pay respects ahead of Shimon Peres’s funeral

Ahead of Shimon Peres's memorial service, which will be held on Friday, world leaders have paid their respects to a statesman whose seven-decade career helped lead the country in both war and peace.

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Why 2,000 guns were sold to prohibited gun buyers who failed FBI checks

Prohibited gun buyers: More than 2,000 guns were sold to buyers the FBI deemed unfit to own a firearm due to a discrepancies between two government agencies. Who's a "fugitive from justice"?

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Why Obama refuses to say 'radical Islamic terrorism'

At a town hall on Wednesday, President Obama said that he chooses not to use the term in order to avoid associating the religion of Islam with the acts of terrorists. 

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Trust gap: What happens when black communities call 911 less often?

The first study of its kind found 911 calls in black Milwaukee neighborhoods dropped significantly following the beating of Frank Jude, an unarmed black man. And then crime rates rose. 

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