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Trump Organization Inc. CEO Donald Trump Announces Whether He Will Run For President
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Trump Under Fire

Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists


Greece Divided on Bailout

The brief but intense campaign in Greece's critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens for "Yes" and "No" supporters in what an opinion poll shows will be a very close race. The survey "yes" leading "no" by just a percentage point

Convicted Murderers Escape From New York State Prison

Prison Escapee Sent Letter to Daughter Before Breakout

Richard Matt, the prison escapee who was shot and killed by police, reportedly sent his daughter a letter shortly before breaking out of Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, saying, "I always promised you I would see you on the outside"


Mastercard Tests Selfies to Verify Online Purchases

MasterCard customers may soon be able to make their online purchases more secure by verifying their identity with a selfie. The company will soon start testing a new technology that will allow shoppers to use facial scans to prevent fraudulent purchases

A gay pride rainbow flag flies along side the U.S. flag in front of 200 West Street, also known as the Goldman Sachs Tower, in lower Manhattan in New York

Republicans See Opposition to Gay Rights Fizzle

Republicans in the first four states to weigh in on the GOP presidential nomination are not standing lockstep against gay marriage and largely support measures that protect LGBT people from discrimination, according to a series of GOP polls obtained by TIME

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills Senior ISIS Leader

A coalition airstrike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State leader, who has been responsible for moving fighters and weapons from Libya to Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday. Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi, a Tunisian, was killed along with another fighter

Fire crews try to control a blaze at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina in this handout photo

Black Church Fires Not Connected, Cops Say

Federal law-enforcement agencies have concluded that the fires in black churches in the southeastern U.S. that destroyed at least seven houses of worship across four states are unrelated. Only three of the fires have been ruled arson

Former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry addresses the National Press Club Luncheon July 2, 2015 in Washington.

Rick Perry Addresses Republicans’ Legacy on Race

In a sweeping, 30-minute speech to the National Press Club, former Texas Governor Rick Perry offered a mea culpa for discrimination in America and pitched an aggressive reboot for Republicans’ relationship with black voters

Measles Outbreaks Spread In U.S.

First Person Dies of Measles in U.S. Since 2003

Washington state health officials say measles caused the death of a woman from the northwest part of the state in the spring — the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in Washington since 1990

California Agriculture Faces Challenges As Drought Continues

Drought-Hit Calif. Town Dumps 550,000 Gallons of Water

California is going through one of the worst droughts in its history, with residents around the state being asked to conserve as much water as possible. But the town of Poway did such a good job, officials had to dump more than half a million gallons