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End of the line: Wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is shown in this still image captured from KNBC video footage from Mojave, California on Oct. 31, 2014.

1 Dead in Spaceship Crash

A Virgin Galactic tourism spacecraft crashed in the California desert during a test flight Friday, killing one test pilot and leaving another seriously injured

Dow Jones Industrial Average Closes At Record High

U.S. Stocks Hit Record Highs

Stocks rallied in the U.S. and overseas after Japan’s central bank surprised investors with a new round of economic stimulus

Kay Hagan, Thom Tills

Election Season Enters Final Stretch

Millions of votes have been cast, the last ads have been cut and there’s barely a household that remains blessedly untouched by the fight for the U.S. Senate. Here are four things to watch four days before the midterm elections

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Fans Gather to Celebrate Hello Kitty's 40th Birthday

About 25,000 of the world’s most devoted Hello Kitty fans have assembled in LA’s Little Tokyo district for the first-ever Hello Kitty Con, a four-day celebration of the character’s 40th birthday. The sold-out event started October 30 and runs through November 2

A car runs past fall foliage in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, on Oct. 28, 2014.

Eastern U.S. Set for Weekend Cold Snap

An arctic blast gave millions of people a real reason to shiver early Friday, bringing a deep chill to Halloween festivities. The southern Appalachians should expect up to eight inches of snow by Saturday morning as areas down to Miami face record-low weekend temperatures

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Mark Zuckerberg Will Answer Your Questions Next Week

Zuckerberg announced Thursday night that he’ll host a public questions and answers session on Thursday, Nov. 6, starting at 2 p.m. PT. Here’s how you can ask Zuckerberg your own question, plus check out some of the already-posted questions

Jennifer Lawrence

American Hustle Microwave Scene Sparks Lawsuit

Investigative science author Paul Brodeur has filed a defamation lawsuit against Columbia Pictures and the other companies behind American Hustle. Brodeur has written about the hazards of microwaves but claims he has never said that they leach the nutrition out of food

J.K. Rowling at the Southbank Centre in London in 2012.

J.K. Rowling Reveals 'Purest Dislike' for Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling published a brand new essay Friday about one of her greatest villains: the Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. She reveals she feels the "purest dislike" for this nemesis of Harry, and that Umbridge is based on a real person

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ISIS Revenge Killings Reportedly Target Sunni Tribe in Iraq

Fighters from the militant group that has taken over vast swaths of Iraq are summarily executing members of a Sunni tribe that resisted their advance. “We were fighting ISIS with rifles, and it was fighting us with heavy machine guns,” one tribal member said


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Consumers Prepare For Halloween
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Fake Clowns Terrorize France

A rash of scary pranks carried out at night by costumed characters have put police officers on alert. Teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying weapons have spooked many French citizens, even leading one town to ban the costume for anyone over the age of 13