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Worst Ever: California's Drought Crisis Hits Record Level
The newest U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that more than half of the state is under an "exceptional drought" level.
Middle East Unrest
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Israel Vows No Cease-Fire Until Tunnels Destroyed
“We will not agree to a cease-fire without completing the neutralization of the tunnels,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
Ebola Virus Outbreak
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Failure Is 'Not an Option': Ebola Sparks Emergency
Sierra Leone’s president declared a state of emergency Wednesday over the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history spread of the deadly virus.
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Attorney General: Cops Should Carry Heroin Antidote
FCC Chair Questions Verizon Plan to Throttle Some Users
U.N. Rights Chief Slams Israel, U.S. Over Gaza
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Cold Is a Killer: Winter Deadlier Than Summer in U.S.
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Tweet Talk: What Does 'Trending' Actually Mean?
Trending is a term often used for popular viral topics. But what exactly earns a topic this label on Twitter?
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Our 'Do Nothing Congress' in One Infographic
Breaking down the numbers behind the 113th U.S. Congress.
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One Seattle Cop Wrote 80 Percent of City's Pot Tickets
A Seattle officer has been reassigned after a review found he wrote 80 percent of marijuana tickets issued in the city during the first half of 2014.
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That's a Lot of Bathtubs: L.A. Flood by the Numbers
A by-the-numbers look at Tuesday's water main break in Los Angeles.
Security 'Black Hole': Libya Is on Brink of Collapse
Libya is engulfed in its deadliest fighting since 2011, pushing it close to collapse and to what experts say could become a "failed state."
One of FBI's 10 Most Wanted Surrenders in Mexico
Of the 502 fugitives put on the list since it was established in 1950, 471 have been caught, the FBI said.
'Star Wars' to Film in Protected Bird Habitat
The jagged slopes of Skellig Michael, an island 7 miles off the coast of Ireland, might be abuzz with all sorts of imagined creatures as a filming location for Star Wars Episode VII -- but concerns over the island's rare, real-life inhabitants have some conservationists feeling a bit on the dark side. Produced by weather.com.
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How Virtual Therapy Could Help the Military Fight PTSD
Meet Ellie, the virtual therapist that could one day help diagnose everyone from soldiers to cancer patients.
Ukraine Plane Crash
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Finally! Investigators Gain Access to MH17 Site
Fighting between rebels and government has prevented monitors and crash investigators traveling along the route to the wreckage in eastern Ukraine.
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Longest Laugh: Minister Mocked for Pole-Dance Rant
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç previously urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values."
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Argentina Defaults for Second Time in 13 Years
Latin America's second-largest economy, behind Brazil, was already dealing with an economic recession.
Drought Expert: 'We Are Past the Point of Recovery'
Thieves Crash Into Beauty Store to Steal Expensive Hair Weaves
First Lady Says Her Story Is of the 'Impossible Getting Done'
Small Cars Fall Short in New Crash Tests
Yosemite Fire Threatens Sequoia Trees
Water Main Break Traps Drivers in Vehicles
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Passion Project: George W. Bush Pens Dad's Biography
Former President George W. Bush has been quietly completing a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
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How Baseball's Trading Deadline Works
The July 31 deadline arrives at 4 p.m. today, but players can still be swapped in August — it's just a little more complicated.
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Same as It Ever Was: Both Parties Fight Old Battles
The Obama wars are coming to an end, but the candidates on the 2014 trail have decided to continue to the fight.
Stocks Drop on Europe Fears, Argentina Default
Stocks dropped sharply on Thursday, with investor sentiment deflated by a larger-than-expected drop in European inflation and the second default in 12 years by Argentina.
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A Voice for India's 'Untouchables'
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One man's quest to give his fellow dalit community members, shunned and oppressed for generations, a voice in the world's largest democracy.
Girl's Harrowing Slide Down Cliff Caught on Camera
Winning! Family Finds 300-Year-Old Sunken Treasure
A Florida family of avid treasure hunters is celebrating after finding gold chains, rings and a rare religious artifact at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Look, Ma! No Hands! Ready for Driverless Cars
Most of us are ready to hand over control to self-driving vehicles, as long as we maintain a bit of control, a survey finds.
Controversial Energy Drink Co Targets Students
Some universities are warning students to be careful of a company that promises they can earn big money by selling its energy drink.
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Retail Therapy? Kerry Buys Rugs After Gaza Strain
John Kerry indulged in a some retail therapy Thursday, buying three rugs during a visit to India after failing to secure a cease-fire deal in Gaza.
Alicia Keys Reveals She's 'Blessed With' Baby No. 2
The Grammy-winning singer revealed the happy news on Instagram Thursday, along with a photo of the the couple cradling her growing bump.
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Germans Flock to Mysterious Crop Circle
Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's wheat field to check out ornate design.
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Bank of America Hit With $1.3 Billion Penalty
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The company said it was exploring an appeal, saying it bought the Countrywide division after the fraud ended.
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'Internet of Things' Devices Vulnerable to Attack: Report
A new study finds that the "Internet of Things" often lacks common security features, leaving devices and possibly your home open to attack.
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Gay Church Music Director Gets Engaged, Then Fired
Colin Collette finds the Archdiocese response troubling because he says his longterm relationship was far from private.
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Nyet! Russia Rejects U.S. Claim of Treaty Violation
Moscow calls accusations that it violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty "unfounded," and says it had its own complaints against the U.S.
Forget Cat Cafes: Japan Gets Hoot Out of Owls
Visitors to an 'owl cafe' in the Japanese capital are lining up to drink coffee, tea or even a beer with more than 20 of the birds.
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Devastating Delicacy: Shark Population Threatened by Finning
China is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, where the delicacy is commonly served as a soup during wedding banquets and parties.
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David Stern Predicts Sterling Saga Will 'End Well'
Stern said his successor, Adam Silver, has been "forceful" but also "demonstrated a compassionate side" in his reaction to Sterling's racist remarks.
Middle East Unrest
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What Would the U.S. Do? Israeli Ambassador Asks
The Israeli ambassador to the United States continued to defend his nation’s military actions, insisting Thursday that Israel must strike back against Hamas rather than cowering in bomb shelters.
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Defense Builds Case in Fatal Porch Shooting Trial
Theodore Wafer's defense team challenged Dearborn Heights, Michigan, police on whether they had properly handled the investigation.
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Pyongyang Park Life: North Koreans Escape Summer Heat
Along with its towering monuments to socialism and sprawling plazas for military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.
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