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Abby Wambach and teammates celebrate their victory in the final football match between USA and Japan during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. USA won 5-2. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Women Win Record 3rd World Cup

Carli Lloyd had a hat trick as the Americans surged to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, before overwhelming defending champion Japan 5-2 for their record third championship and first since 1999

performs onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.

Misty Copeland to Star in On the Town on Broadway

Just days after she became the first black ballerina to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland, a TIME 100 honoree, announced she'll be dancing the role of Ivy in On the Town on Broadway

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Kerry Says Iran Nuke Talks ‘Could Go Either Way’

Secretary of State John Kerry said the diplomatic efforts over Iran's nuclear program "could go either way," that is, cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without a conclusive agreement

Confederate flags are seen prior to practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

NASCAR Fans Defend Confederate Flag

NASCAR recently asked fans to stop waving the Confederate flag, but some fans chose to wave the banner anyway, saying they object. The Civil War–era flag has been under scrutiny since last month's South Carolina church massacre

This handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the surface of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet as seen from the Philae lander, which landed on the comet's surface on Nov. 13, 2014.

Comet Could Be Home to Microbial Alien Life

Two top astronomers say the comet that is now home to the Philae lander could also be inhabited by microbial alien life. Several characteristics of the comet are best explained by the presence of living organisms beneath its icy surface

EVA Air Hello Kitty Shining Star Jet - Inaugural Event At George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX

Hello Kitty Movie Targeted for 2019

The billion-dollar Japanese brand that sells everything from clothes to toys to girls of all ages, is coming to a theater near you. The company behind it announced plans to spend upwards of $200 million to make and release a feature film for 2019

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Nigeria Marks End to Bloody Week That Killed 200

A suicide bombing at a church in Potiskum on Sunday, and dual explosions in the central city of Jos in the early hours of Monday, have shaken Nigeria and closed a week of atrocities in the embattled country that has left more than 200 dead

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Trump Concedes Surprise at Intensity of Backlash

Business mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wasn't expecting such harsh corporate backlash to his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants. He conceded he "didn't know it was going to be quite this severe"

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Burt Shavitz of Burt's Bees Fame Dies at 80

Burt Shavitz, of the famed all-natural Burt's Bees beauty brand, has died at the age of 80. Burt's Bees said Shavitz will be remembered as a "free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker"