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6.1 Quake Rattles Italy

A strong earthquake struck central Italy, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 11 people were reported dead in two hard-hit towns, Amatrice and Accumoli, which were partially demolished

Donald Trump speaks to voters during a campaign rally, on Aug. 20, 2016 in Fredericksburg, Va.

Trump Signals 'Softening' of Immigration Position

Donald Trump signaled a reversal on one of his key policy issues, suggesting he would be open to a "softening" of his positions on illegal immigration. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump said

Barack Obama greets homeowners after his remarks following a tour of a flood-affected neighborhood in Zachary, Louisiana, Aug. 23, 2016.

‘Heartbroken’ Over La. Flooding

President Barack Obama said the nation is "heartbroken" during his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempted to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage that his administration has made their recovery a priority

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Antibiotics Use Linked to Type 1 Diabetes in Mice: Study

A new study in mice published in the journal Nature Microbiology finds a link between Type 1 diabetes and antibiotic use. Researchers found that in male mice, a higher antibiotic exposure early in life “accelerated the diabetes and even enhanced it”

People walk on the Columbia University campus in New York City on July 1, 2013.

Graduate Students Can Unionize, Labor Board Rules

The National Labor Relations Board paved the way for graduate student assistants to join labor unions after it ruled that such workers at private colleges and universities in the U.S. are considered employees under federal labor law

Thai soldiers inspect the scene of a car bomb blast outside a hotel in the southern province of Pattani

Bombings in Thai Coastal Town Kill 1, Injure 30

Twin blasts killed one person and injured 30 more at a Thai town in the country's Deep South, less than two weeks after a similar string of bombings in the country. The explosions occurred in Pattani, a popular vacation destination

XX ANOC General Assembly Washington D.C. 2015 - Day 3

Emails Found Linking Olympic Official to Illegal Ticket Sales

Police in Brazil have uncovered a series of potentially damning emails between a high-ranking Olympics official and a company alleged to have illegally sold tickets to the Olympic Games. The official formerly served as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland

Law & Order

Law & Order Star Steven Hill Dies at 94

Former "Law & Order" star Steven Hill, who played D.A. Adam Schiff and was a versatile character actor, has died at 94. The cause of death was not immediately available, but his wife said he had several ailments

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The Fight to Save Seas From China's Fishing Industry

An armada of up to 200 Chinese fishing boats have set up camp at the edge of Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, using destructive fishing practices like drift nets to indiscriminately “vacuum up” all manner of sea life, says one Japanese official

Nigeria Violence

Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Dead, Again

Nigeria claimed on Tuesday that its air force had killed a number of senior Boko Haram militants, possibly including the group's elusive and notorious former leader, Abubakar Shekau. However, this is at least the fourth time Shekau's death has been reported

South Korean army soldiers stand as women watch during an anti-terror drill as part of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, at Yoido Subway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Aug. 23, 2016.

North Korea Fires Submarine-Launched Missile: Seoul

North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine into the sea in an apparent protest against the start of annual South Korea-U.S. military drills, Seoul's military said. North Korea's missile and nuclear programs are a source of regional security concerns