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A firefighter and an armed man look at the remains and the corpses of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over eastern Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

Experts Study MH17 Photos

Analysis of photographs from the scene where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down, showing debris and victims' bodies, finds a minority view

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at the 2014 National Urban League Conference July 25, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Obama Aide: Rand Paul Is a Threat

A senior aide to Obama suggested Friday that Sen. Rand Paul would be the greatest threat to Democrats’ hopes to retain the White House in 2016

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Report: Pope Francis to Visit Philadelphia in 2015

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is reported as saying the pontiff has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in September 2015 and that Vatican spokesman Frederico Lombardi said the pope has expressed "his willingness to participate"

Members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) put on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea on July 23, 2014.

Officials Say Ebola Virus Is Suspected in Nigeria

Nigeria's health ministry announced that the virus responsible for hundreds of deaths across West Africa may have hit the continent's most populous city, Lagos, and that officials are testing a Liberian man after he collapsed at an airport and displayed symptoms


Amazon Shares Tumble After Reporting Weak Earnings

After the company announced a wider-than-expected loss Thursday, the stock fell around 11% by around noon on Friday, helping push the entire market lower today. “We can’t wait until we start seeing some profits in shareholders’ hands," investors said

U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Tex-Mex Border

Obama Mulling Refugee Status for Honduran Migrants

The Obama administration is reportedly considering granting refugee status to young Hondurans in a bid to stem the tide of unaccompanied Central American children flooding over the Mexico border, a move officials believe could be done by executive action

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France Confirms No Survivors in Air Algérie Crash

President François Hollande said the 'disintegrated' wreckage of AH5017, which had been traveling from Ouagadougou to Algiers before contact cut out Thursday, was found in Mali but that none of the 116 thought to be aboard survived

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Fashion Model Comes Out as Transgender Woman

Andreja Pejic, the famously androgynous Serbian fashion icon who has modeled both men’s and women’s styles, came out as a transgender woman on her Facebook page Thursday, saying she hoped she would inspire other transgender youths

Central American Female Immigrants

Migrant Girls Share Haunting Stories About Why They Fled

The number of girls under the age of 18 captured at the US-Mexico border has increased by 77% this year, from 7,339 to 13,008, according to Pew Research Center analysis released Friday. The number of young boys apprehended is still much higher, but only saw an 8% rise

Paramount Studios Presentation - Comic-Con International 2014

McConaughey, Nolan Make Surprise Comic-Con Cameo

They debuted a trailer for Interstellar, which the True Detective actor called "the most ambitious film that Christopher Nolan has ever directed" — which is saying something for the man who envisioned Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy

Lyft Gives Up Pink Mustaches To Challenge Uber In New York City

Lyft Set to Launch in NYC Following 2-Week Delay

After a two-week legal spat with state officials, ride-sharing service Lyft is finally taking off in New York City Friday at 7 p.m. ET. Unlike in other cities, the service will be operated by commercial drivers only in New York City’s five boroughs