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

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 DCCC Candidates video is displayed on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016.

FBI Investigating Hack of Another Democratic Group

The computers of the House Democratic campaign committee have been hacked, an intrusion that investigators say resembles the recent cyber breach of the Democratic National Committee for which the Russian government is the leading suspect

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

North Carolina NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, center at podium, gestures as he is surrounded by supporters during a news conference at the Third Street Bethel AME Church in Richmond on June 21, 2016. The press conference was held to talk about the appeal before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on North Carolina's major rewrite of voting laws in 2013.

Appeals Court Strikes Down N. Carolina Voter ID Law

A federal appeals court has found that a North Carolina voter ID law was enacted "with discriminatory intent" and must be blocked. An opinion issued by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a ruling that had upheld the law

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

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016.

Who's the Real Conservative, Clinton or Trump?

Republicans surrendered the conservative position they have held for generations in nominating Donald Trump for president, opening a wide lane for Democrats to seize that ground. At the DNC, Hillary Clinton advocated for conservative leadership qualities

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Pope Francis Prays Silently During Visit to Auschwitz

Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people

The Washington news conference of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is reflected in a specialist's screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 16, 2016.

Economy Grows at a Weak 1.2% Over the Spring

Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves stock photos Health Syringe Needle

Vaccine Rates Are On the Rise in the U.S.

In a study conducted by the medical news and information service Medscape, investigators report that 46% of parents said they were more accepting of vaccines overall, while only 12% were less accepting, and 42% say their view had not changed

Police investigators arrive near the scene where an officer was fatally shot and another was injured at a traffic stop late in San Diego on July 29, 2016.

San Diego Police Officer Dead in Traffic Stop Shooting

Two San Diego police officers were shot during a traffic stop late Thursday night, killing one and sending the other to surgery. Both officers were members of SDPD's Elite Gang Unit, and the one who was killed had a wife and children