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Homicides Spike After Falling for Decades

Homicide rates are spiking in cities across the U.S., after falling since the 1960s. New research and recent crime data paint a bleak picture for Americans' safety, and it has violence prevention scholars trying to figure out what led to the changes—and when

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Kelly Osbourne Insults Latinos On The View

Social media exploded in outrage after Fashion Police host Kelly Osbourne tried to defend Latinos from presidential candidate Donald Trump on The View, but ended up offending many of them instead

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Milwaukee Archdiocese Settles Abuse Cases for $21 Million

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said it will pay $21 million to more than 300 victims of clergy abuse in a settlement that would end a four-year bankruptcy proceeding. "Today, we turn the page on a terrible part of our history," the Archbishop said

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Airlines Ban Big Game Trophies After Cecil the Lion Death

Delta, United and American Airlines have announced that they will no longer allow shipments of carcasses and body parts of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses and buffalo following global outrage over the death of Cecil the lion

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Sandra Bland's Family Files Lawsuit Over Death

Sandra Bland's family will file a federal lawsuit over the 28-year-old's death in police custody, according to the family's attorney. The lawsuit will target the trooper who arrested Bland "and others responsible for [her] death"

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Kermit and Miss Piggy Have Broken Up

The famous Muppet couple announced that they have ended their decades-long relationship, just a month before The Muppets TV reboot premieres on ABC. The couple will continue to work together on television

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Emma Watson: My U.N. Work Gives Me 'Sense of Peace'

The actress took on the role of U.N. goodwill ambassador in the summer of 2014 and spoke at the U.N. that September, launching the HeForShe campaign. The campaign's goal is to motivate men and boys to push to end gender inequality

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Egypt's Youth See Violence as Only Way to Protest

Youths are growing increasingly open in their calls for violence, frustrated by the police crackdown since the military ousted President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Some want to avenge friends and family killed or abused by police

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Mormons To Shed Light on Church's Origins

The Mormon church is taking another step in its push to be more transparent, and is releasing more historical documents that shed light on how Joseph Smith formed the religion