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Black Pastors Press Trump on Racially Charged Rhetoric

Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times based on concerns about his blunt language

Riot police secure the blast scene in Istanbul, Turkey

Explosion at Istanbul Metro Station Causes Injuries

A local mayor in Istanbul says an explosion on a highway overpass near a subway station was caused by a bomb. Atilla Aydiner, the mayor for Istanbul's Bayrampasa district, also said five people were wounded in the explosion

Exhaust scandal at Volkswagen group.

Volkswagen Sales Fall After Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal took a serious bite out of the company's U.S. sales last month. The German automaker reports that November U.S. sales fell almost 25% from a year ago, because of a halt in orders for problematic diesel-powered vehicles

Barack Obama, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Obama Urges Turkey, Russia to Set Aside Differences

Aiming to head off a rift between major Mideast players, President Barack Obama urged Turkey and Russia on Tuesday to set aside tensions over the downing of a Russian warplane and focus on the common priority of defeating ISIS

Indonesia Retrieves Final Part Of AirAsia QZ8501 Fuselage

Parts, Crew Blamed for AirAsia Crash

Indonesian investigators say that technical malfunctions and crew errors are largely to blame for the AirAsia flight QZ 8501 crash that killed all 162 on board on Dec. 28, 2014. The flight was en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore stock photos Health First Aid Kit Gloves

Number of New Diabetes Cases Drops in U.S.

The number of Americans with newly diagnosed diabetes has fallen, suggesting that the epidemic of the disease in the U.S. may be beginning to slow down, according to new updated data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (3rd L) holds up hands with (L-R) Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Patty Murray (D-WA) during a 'Women for Hillary' fundraiser November 30, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth Warren Absent From Hillary Clinton Event

All but one of the 14 female Democratic senators appeared at a Washington fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's campaign. Not joining them was Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has not yet endorsed Clinton's campaign

Sleepy's Matress retail store

Mattress Firm to Buy Sleepy’s for $780 Million

Mattress Firm has agreed to buy Sleepy’s and its holding company for about $780 million, officials announced. Mattress Firm will gain Sleepy’s more than 1,050 stores in 17 states, including those in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic

Workers walk along aisles of goods stored inside an fulfillment centre in Hemel Hempstead, north of London, on November 25, 2015. Shops could be seeing the effect of consumers postponing purchases until "Black Friday" on November 27, a day of sales in the United States that has become increasingly popular in Britain. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

This Was the Biggest Cyber Monday Ever

Cyber Monday is on track to become the biggest online sales day in history, with total spending predicted to reach $2.98 billion. The total sales for the five days since Thanksgiving are up, totaling about $11 billion

Puerto Rico Teeters On Edge Of Massive Default

Puerto Rico Avoids Default With Last-Minute Debt Payment

Puerto Rico has narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default by announcing a last-minute bond payment, but its governor testified before the Senate that the island is facing a liquidity crunch. He says the government has no cash left

Police officers gather in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis as special forces raid an apartment on Nov. 18, 2015.

France Has Arrested 210 People Since Paris Attacks

More than 2,000 raids have been carried out in France since the country declared a state of emergency after the terrorist massacres in Paris 18 days ago, with 300 weapons seized and 210 people taken into custody, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said