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Mexico Drug Lord Extradition

Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Lands in New York

Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, landed in New York late Thursday to face drug trafficking and other charges


Obama’s Farewell Letter: ‘You Made Me a Better Man’

President Barack Obama published a thank you letter to the American people on his last day in office, encouraging them to stay active in democracy and telling them that "You made me a better President, and you made me a better man"


Hope Returns For Brazilian Soccer Team Chapecoense

As the Chapecoense club rebuilds after the air crash that killed 19 players and nearly all members of the staff and board of directors, so is the town of 200,000, with silence and mourning slowly being replaced by boisterous fans and hope

Italy Quake Avalanche

More Than 30 Still Missing at Italian Avalanche Hotel

Rescue crews who reached a four-star Italian mountain resort that has been hit by avalanche have recovered two bodies. More than 30 people were believed trapped inside when the disaster hit, but bad weather has hampered rescue efforts

Hundreds of activists and allies from the newly-formed anti-Trump group Rise & Resist staged a peaceful protest at Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City, to fight against the radical changes to the American healthcare system proposed by the Trump Administration and Republicans, on Jan. 15, 2017.

Obamacare Is More Popular Than Ever, Poll Finds

More Americans hold positive views about Obamacare than hold negative views for the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed, according to a new poll. The results found 49% of people polled favored the law—slightly more than the 47% who opposed it

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as Secretary of Energy, is sworn in during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Capitol Hill January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Perry Regrets Suggesting Abolishing Energy Department

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the Energy Department and insisted that the federal agency performs a critical function. He now says he will be a passionate advocate for the department's core missions

Universal Cancels Premiere of A Dog's Purpose

Amid the controversy surrounding a troubling video revealed a stressed German Shepherd was forced to perform in artificial rapids on the set of the upcoming A Dog’s Purpose, Universal Pictures has cancelled the movie's premiere

Gas Flame

A Mall Once Worth Millions Has Been Sold for $100

The 1.1 million-square-foot Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills mall was supposed to be a sprawling lifestyle center when it opened in 2005. But in the latest sign of the struggle faced by bricks-and-mortar operators, it has been sold off for a pittance

Village Voice

Wayne Barrett, Famed Reporter, Dead At 71

Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, a scourge of New York City power brokers from Rudolph Giuliani to Michael Bloomberg during a decades-long career with the Village Voice and an early and tenacious chronicler of President-elect Donald Trump, died at age 71