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Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In California, Tennessee And Florida

Thursday, January 14, 2016

After numerous drawings without a big winner, there were at least three winning tickets sold for the record Powerball jackpot of $1.6 billion.

We don't know who those lucky people are — but as The Associated Press reports, we do know they bought their tickets in California, Tennessee and Florida. ...

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Iran Tells Kerry It Is Dismantling, Destroying A Key Nuclear Component

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry says Iran reported to him that a key component of its plutonium nuclear reactor has been removed, as Iran nears the reduction of its nuclear program sufficient to trigger sanctions relief.

Kerry tells reporters that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif informed him that the reactor ...

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Canadian Hostage Freed By The Taliban After 5 Years In Captivity

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Canadian man has been freed five years after he was abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Canada's minister of foreign affairs, Stéphane Dion, announced that efforts to secure Rutherford's release were successful. "We look forward to Mr. Rutherford being able to return to Canada and reunite with his ...

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Shiite Sheikh Executed By Saudi Arabia Preached Against Violence, Son Says

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mohammed al-Nimr says he felt relieved following his father's execution because the sheikh was abused for years by Saudi authorities.

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Everyday Life In A Bronze Age Village Emerges In U.K. Excavation

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Archaeologists have found well-preserved houses, textiles, tools and even pots of food. They say a fire destroyed the settlement, and the people had to leave everything behind.

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Last Known Survivor Of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Has Died

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

When the Great Earthquake hit San Francisco in 1906, 3-month-old William Del Monte's family fled the city on a horse-drawn cart.

Del Monte was the last known survivor of the 7.8-magnitude quake and fires that killed some 3,000 people and leveled much of the city. He died of natural causes ...

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Michigan Steps Up Efforts To Tackle Lead Crisis After Outcry

Monday, January 11, 2016

Michigan officials are stepping up their efforts to address elevated lead levels in Flint's water after residents accused them of responding too slowly to the crisis.

Local officials are handing out water filters and jugs in the streets of Flint and have set up five new distribution centers ...

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Aid Convoys Arrive In Besieged Syrian Villages

Monday, January 11, 2016

Aid vehicles have simultaneously entered three villages in Syria, to the relief of civilians suffering from the effects of a months-long siege by the Syrian regime.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is delivering "food, medical items, blankets and other materials" to the villages of Madaya, Foua ...

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Tributes Pour In For Rock Legend David Bowie

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tributes to iconic rock musician David Bowie are pouring in, as fellow musicians, celebrities, world leaders and even astronauts reflect on what Bowie meant to them.

A statement on Bowie's Facebook page said that he died peacefully, "surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer."

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Finally, Some Good News For Manatees And Green Sea Turtles

Friday, January 08, 2016

West Indian manatees and some colonies of green sea turtles have been in danger of extinction for decades.

But scientists have some good news about the much-loved sea creatures, which both have their largest U.S. populations in Florida.

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service says the West Indian manatee ...

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Mysterious Giant Golden Statue Of Mao Is Gone

Friday, January 08, 2016

A 121-foot-high statue of Mao Zedong mysteriously cropped up in a remote field in China's central Henan province, as we reported this week.

But it seems the homage to the founder of Communist China didn't have much time in the sun.

The golden statue grabbed international headlines, sparking criticism ...

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South Korea To Resume Broadcasting Propaganda To The North Over Loudspeakers

Thursday, January 07, 2016

South Korea announced plans to restart propaganda broadcasts over its border with North Korea, a day after Pyongyang claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

The U.S. is doubtful that the test was actually a hydrogen bomb. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said "The initial analysis is not consistent ...

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Truck Bomb At Libyan Security Training Camp Kills Dozens

Thursday, January 07, 2016

A truck bomb exploded Thursday at a security training camp in the western Libyan city of Zliten, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 100 others.

The U.N. special representative to Libya, Martin Kobler, described the bombing as a suicide attack.

It's one of the deadliest attacks in Libya ...

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Iran Claims Saudi-Led Coalition Hit Its Embassy In Yemen

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Iran is claiming that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit its embassy in Yemen's rebel-held capital. But witnesses say it's not clear that the embassy sustained damage or was even hit.

This is another sign of the dramatic deterioration in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. After Saudi executed a ...

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Native American Tribe Says Oregon Armed Occupiers Are Desecrating Sacred Land

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

With the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon in its fifth day, a local Native American tribe says the militants are "desecrating sacred property."

Oregon Public Broadcasting's Amanda Peacher tells our Newscast unit that Burns Paiute tribal leaders denounced the militants and demanded that they leave. "The ...

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Scientists Spot 'Burping' Black Hole In Nearby Galaxy

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

A black hole in a nearby galaxy has let out a couple of belches.

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory say they've spotted two arcs of X-ray emissions near a supermassive black hole, which they believe are fossils "from two enormous blasts when the black hole expelled material outward ...

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What Were San Bernardino Shooters Doing During 18-Minute Gap?

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The FBI says they are working to fill an 18-minute gap in the timeline of the mass shooting in San Bernardino last month. Fourteen people were killed in the attack on the Inland Regional Center.

At a press conference, David Bowdich, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los ...

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Decades Later, Victims Of Chicago Police Torture Paid Reparations

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Decades after they were tortured by Chicago police, 57 people have now received reparations totaling $5.5 million from the city of Chicago.

Sean Kennedy of member station WBEZ tells our Newscast unit that the city hopes the settlements can help mend relations between police and the community, especially in light ...

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In Remote Field In China, There's Now A Giant Golden Statue Of Mao

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A visitor to central China's Henan province might expect to see wide green plains of farmland or cliffs dropping down to the Yellow River.

Now, there's a more surprising sight on the horizon in Tongxu county: a towering, golden statue of China's former leader Mao Zedong.

The 121-foot-high homage to ...

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Militants In Oregon Say They'll Leave If Local Community Asks

Monday, January 04, 2016

Anti-federalist militants continue to hold the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., as law enforcement officials keep their distance. But they say they're willing to leave if local residents ask them to, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

For three days, this heavily armed group has occupied the ...

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