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Amanda Knox Acquitted

Italy's Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon to finally acquit the American of the long-hanging charges that she and her former boyfriend had murdered former roommate Meredith Kercher. She had faced extradition to Italy if the conviction had been upheld

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Co-Pilot 'Hid' Mental Illness

Because of privacy laws, Germanwings had no way to check even the basic details of Andreas Lubitz's medical history before the crash

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Liftoff! A Year in Space Begins

Astronaut Scott Kelly blasted into space for one-year stay at the International Space Station, alongside cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko. Watch video of the fiery launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

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Meet the Americans Who Are Fighting ISIS

Some Westerners who believe the U.S. government isn’t doing enough to defeat ISIS have joined Iraqi militias to help in the fight. But they are often kept away from the frontline, where they would be targeted

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Harry Reid Will Retire at End of 2016

Sen. Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek reelection in 2016, bringing an end to a decades-long career in Congress. He endorsed Sen. Chuck Schumer as his replacement to lead the Democrats in the Senate

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Nigerian Army Takes Boko Haram Capital

President Goodluck Jonathan is finally leading a strong campaign against insurgents but battlefield victories may not be enough at the ballot box. Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday, where Goodluck faces a challenge from Muhammadu Buhari

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook Plans to Leave Wealth to Charity

After paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college tuition, Apple CEO Tim Cook says, he plans on leaving all his wealth — which today amounts to $120 million — to good causes. “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change,” he told Fortune

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China's Smog Casts Shadow Over Olympic Bid

With the 2022 Winter Olympics looming, there are only two significant impediments to China’s efforts to host the Games in Beijing: Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the notorious smog that chokes the Chinese capital

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How an HIV Outbreak Hit the Heartland

Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday declared a public health emergency in a rural Indiana county after 79 cases of HIV were confirmed there in the last several months, an outbreak driven by rampant drug abuse combined with a spotty public health system