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Dozens of ISIS Hostages Freed

Dozens of Turkish hostages who had been held by Islamist militants for three months were freed Saturday in northern Iraq

France's President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections Sarkozy addresses supporters at La Mutualite meeting hall in Paris

Sarkozy Eyes Political Comeback

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he'd attempt to unseat the first Socialist leader France has had in 22 years by challenging François Holland

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a news conference to address domestic violence issues and the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy in New York on Sept. 19, 2014.

NFL Commissioner: We Can Change

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell laid out his most sweeping response yet to a wave of domestic violence scandals on Friday, promising to punish players who commit domestic abuse and touting a new partnership with two leading advocacy groups for abuse victims

Alibaba founder Jack Ma and CFO Maggie Wu react as the company's IPO begins trading at the NYSE in New York

China's Alibaba Finds Riches on Wall Street

The Chinese Internet giant Alibaba saw its shares jump 38% in its first day of trading as a public company in the U.S., raising more than $21 billion and netting company leader Jack Ma, above, the distinction of the biggest IPO ever

92nd Street Y Presents: An Evening With Joan And Melissa Rivers

'Fashion Police' To Continue Without Joan Rivers

The E! television show Fashion Police will continue in January 2015 despite the death of its star Joan Rivers, the network announced Friday. "Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue," the network said in a statement

Baby on fur rug

Early Deaths Could Fall By 40% in the Next 20 Years

When a group of 16 researchers from across the world looked at mortality trends from 2000 to 2010, they were encouraged by the results. “We actually found that mortality is falling very rapidly,” the study’s lead author said

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Millennials Have Big Faith in Big Business, Study Says

A new study suggests that Millennials have big expectations for big businesses. The study found that Millennials—a generation typically attributed with aversion to, and distrust of, major institutions—look to the corporate world to help solve global problems

A U.S. Secret Service agent with an automatic rifle hurries people to evacuate the White House complex over a security alert moments after President Barack Obama and his family left for the presidential retreat, Camp David, in Maryland

White House Evacuated After Fence-Jumper Gets Access

The White House was partially evacuated Friday evening after an unarmed man jumped a perimeter fence and entered the Executive Mansion. The man, identified by U.S. Secret Service as Omar J. Gonzalez, leaped over the fence on the White House North Lawn

Possible Break in Probe of Missing Virginia Student

Police were executing two search warrants on Friday, in connection with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student who went missing last weekend, based on a tip they received which chief of police Timothy Longo says he hopes is a break in the investigation

A worker cultivates a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web inside a greenhouse, in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Feb. 7, 2014.

Pro-Pot Group Giving Free Weed to Colorado Vets

A pro-pot organization will host a weed giveaway in Denver Saturday to get cannabis in the hands of military veterans who seek it. Grow4Vets exists to “reduce the staggering number of Veterans who die each day from suicide and prescription drug overdose”

Celine Dion, Vanessa Lachey, And June "Mama June" Shannon And Mike "Sugar Bear" On "Extra"

Honey Boo Boo’s Parents Split Up

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's Mama June and Sugar Bear have called it quits. "Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship," Mama June – aka June Shannon – told PEOPLE