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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz greets supporters at the Georgia Republican Convention in Athens, Ga. on May 15, 2015.

Ted Cruz Says Climate-Change Fears Falsified by Scientists

Senator Ted Cruz on Sunday said facts don’t support climate change, in a speech that described the notion as a front for power-hungry politicians. "If you look at satellite data for the last 18 years, there’s been zero recorded warming," Cruz said

After Three Weeks Of Forced Closure Greek Banks Reopen Ahead Of Tax Rises

Athens Stock Exchange Drops 22.8% at Reopen

The Athens Stock Exchange reopened Monday morning to a huge loss, with the Athex dropping by 22.8% to 615.16 points — a total loss of 182.36 points — within minutes. Analysts blame Greek bank shares for the plunge

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Drug-Testing Data Suggests Pervasive Cheating in Athletics

Doping in athletics is much more pervasive than previously believed, according to a recent investigation disputing the accuracy of drug tests carried out by the International Association of Athletics Federations. The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating further

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Katie Ledecky Beats Her Own Swimming World Record

American teenager Katie Ledecky has improved her own world record in the 1,500-m freestyle at the swimming world championships. The 18-year-old Ledecky completed the marathon-like race in 15 minutes, 27.71 seconds

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Obama's 'Biggest' Move to Combat Climate Change

President Obama will unveil regulations to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants and eventually revamp the energy industry, which he bills as "the biggest, most important step" ever taken to address climate change

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Nigerian Troops Rescue 178 People From Boko Haram

Nigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several camps of the Islamic extremists in the northeast, an army statement said on Sunday. The nation's air force reported killing "a large number" of militants in repelling an attack

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American Pharoah Finishes First at Haskell

American Pharoah finished first at the Haskell Invitational Stakes in New Jersey on Sunday, two months after becoming only the 12th Triple Crown winner in a century. "This horse, he just keeps bringing it," said Bob Baffert, the horse's trainer. "He's just a great horse."

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Cecil's Brother Is Alive, But Another Lion May Be Dead

A Zimbabwe conservation group retracted its claim that Jericho, Cecil the lion's brother, had been killed by hunters — even as officials in the country said a second American citizen illegally killed another lion several months ago

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Hong Kong Protesters Cry Out 'Breast Is Not a Weapon'

Around 200 protesters staged a demonstration in front of Hong Kong's police headquarters on Sunday, wearing and waving bras and carrying placards to protest the recent conviction of a woman for assaulting a police officer with her breast

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Mission: Impossible Attracts Rogue Nation of Viewers

Mission: Impossible is still box-office gold. Rogue Nation debuted to a solid $56 million this weekend, exceeding expectations and outstripping everything else in theaters. Meanwhile, Vacation opened with an undercooked $14.9 million for the weekend

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Rubio: Iran Could Bomb California Within a Decade

The Florida Republican warned GOP donors in Orange County of a pending apocalypse. “I don’t think any of us wants to live in a country where a radical Shi'ite cleric in Tehran can have a nuclear weapon ... that can hit where we are sitting right now," he said