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And They're Off!

Hillary Clinton embarked on a post-convention Rust Belt bus tour just hours after becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. The celebratory mood quickly evaporated amid fresh revelations that hackers had breached a program used by her campaign and Donald Trump promised to sharpen his barbs

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16 Feared Dead in Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas, and authorities believe no one survived. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the situation

Game of Thrones Is Coming to an End

Winter has come to Westeros, and now Game of Thrones is officially almost over. An HBO executive confirmed that the hit show's eight season is slated to be its last. Last month's sixth season finale scored record ratings for the show

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3 Dead in Shooting at Suburban Seattle Home

Officials said a shooting at a suburban Seattle home has left three people dead and another person hurt, and that a suspect is in custody. Officials said 15-20 people were present when the shooting happened during a gathering at the home

Previews Start For "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"

Harry Potter Play Is Releasing 250,000 More Tickets

Harry Potter fans who haven't yet scooped up tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will soon get another chance: 250,000 more tickets will be released next week, for performances from next spring to mid-December 2017

Larry Smart, a Miami-Dade County mosquito inspector, looks for pools of standing water in Miami-Dade County, Florida, May 26, 2016.

Zika Spreads in U.S. Via Local Mosquitoes

Florida's Department of Health announced that four people infected with the Zika virus probably caught it from local mosquitoes. One women and three men were infected with the Zika virus in Miami-Dade and Broward counties

Merkel And Erdogan Mark 50 Years Of Turkish Immigration

Turkish President Is Dropping Insult Lawsuits

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is dropping all lawsuits against those charged with insulting him. Hundreds have been charged with insulting the President, including on social media

A woman enters the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) building in Moscow on July 20, 2016.

Russian Weightlifters Banned From Rio Olympics

The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics. The IWF said the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have "seriously damaged" the integrity of the sport

Minneapolis Area Mourns Death Of Native Son Prince

Judge Narrows Potential Prince Heirs

A Minnesota judge overseeing Prince's estate narrowed down the wide pool of potential heirs for the late superstar's fortune, ruling out nearly 30 claimants while ordering genetic testing for six purported family members