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Ebola Patient Coming to U.S.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, announced that it expects to receive a patient with the Ebola disease within the "next several days." Two Americans contracted the infection in Liberia. The hospital does not yet know whether the patient is one of these two Americans or when he or she will arrive

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72-Hour Cease-Fire in Gaza

The cease-fire will begin Friday morning at 8 a.m. local time and will allow both sides to negotiate while victims are buried and the injured receive aid

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner leaves after a press briefing July 31, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

House GOP Abandons Bill

The new House Republican leadership team pulled its bill to address the border crisis before leaving for a five-week recess

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Doctor Who Season Premiere Will Debut on Big Screen

BBC America announced Thursday that it will hold midnight theatrical screenings of the premiere of the new season of Doctor Who on August 23 in 12 cities. Season eight is the first to star Peter Capaldi in the lead role

Women's Own Currency: How Much Would it Be Worth?

When Obama said that adding female faces to our cash sounded like a "pretty good idea," the Internet came alive with suggestions--from Ruth Bader Ginsberg to Beyonce. But then there's that old gender wage gap to consider. So here's what the bills might really look like

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan delivers remarks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum in Washington on March 11, 2014.

Hacking Bad: CIA Says Sorry for Senate Snooping

A report from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Inspector General faulted agency employees for improperly accessing Senate staffers' computers during an investigation into Bush-era CIA interrogation practices

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CDC Issues Travel Warning in Face of Ebola Outbreak

Calling the disease a "dreadful and merciless virus," the CDC director advised against all non-essential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in response to the outbreak ravaging those West African countries

Alexander Hug deputy head for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) monitoring mission in Ukraine, looks on next to armed pro-Russian separatists on the way to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site, near Donetsk on July 30, 2014.

Investigators Reach MH17 Site

International investigators have reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 for the first time since the jet was downed by a missile in eastern Ukraine on July 17; they had been blocked by fighting between pro-Russia separatists and the Ukrainian military

Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks to the media at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New York, July 30, 2014. Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks to the media at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New York

Argentina Defaults After Debt Talks Collapse

The South American nation failed to strike a deal to avert its second debt default in 13 years, leaving political leaders in a state of deep denial. "Who believes in credit rating agencies at this stage?" said the nation's Economy Minister

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It’s Easier Than You Think to Overdose on Tylenol

A new analysis from Consumer Reports calls out the Food and Drug Administration for inconsistent and potentially dangerous labeling of acetaminophen painkillers, finding that nearly 17,000 people die each year from overdosing on them

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Exclusive: Holder to Oppose Data-Driven Sentencing

The Attorney General told TIME in an interview he now opposes certain statistical tools used to determine jail time, citing concerns about equal justice in sentencing, which puts the White House at odds with an increasingly effective method for managing prison populations

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City on July 30, 2014.

Dow Plunges Over 300 Points

Geopolitical worries weighed on investors Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping 317 points--its biggest drop since February