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A policeman and a gendarme stand next to a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015.
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'Major Lead' in Jet Search

On Wednesday, four men carried away a barnacle-crusted piece of debris from a beach on the French island of Reunion — the best clue yet as to the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after 509 days of fruitless searching

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U.S. Government Investigating Death of Cecil the Lion

The federal agency charged with enforcing wildlife-protection laws in the U.S. said it will investigate the highly publicized death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, following accusations that an American citizen killed the animal illegally

Ray Tensing

Campus Cop Indicted in Killing of Unarmed Black Man

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has been indicted for the shooting of Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man, during a routine traffic stop on July 19. "I'm treating him like a murderer," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters

Trevor Noah at 2015 Summer TCA event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 29, 2015.

Trevor Noah Plans Big Daily Show Changes

One big switch off the bat: Noah says he’ll focus less on Jon Stewart’s favorite source of outrage, Fox News. The show will also have a new set and Noah will do more impressions than his predecessor. "I have an affinity for picking up on accents and tones," he said

The Asian Awards 2015 - Red Carpet Arrivals

Zayn Malik Signs With Record Label RCA

The former One Direction member has signed with RCA, saying that he left the popular british boy band for the "opportunity to show you who I really am." The news comes after months of rumors about Malik’s future as an artist

Ai Weiwei - Visit from Germany

U.K. Rejects Long-Term Visa for Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

The dissident auteur announced via his Instagram account on Thursday afternoon that British immigration authorities had declined to issue him the six-month business visa for which he applied, claiming he had supplied deceptive information on his application

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on Nov. 24, 2014.

UVA Grads Sue Rolling Stone Over Retracted Rape Article

Court documents show that three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story are suing the publication and the article's author

Carl Hodges, of Stuart, Fla., right, reads a prayer during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen on July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Florida, north through Savannah, Ga.

Search for Missing Florida Teens Stretches Into Sixth Day

Crews pushed the limits of an ever-expanding search zone on Wednesday for two teens missing at sea and potentially nearing the boundaries of human survival, six days after 14-year-old fishermen Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos disappeared

Mullah Omar

How Mullah Omar's Death Could Disrupt Afghanistan

The Afghan government said the Taliban leader died in 2013, hoping that the news might pave the way for consensus in ongoing peace talks. But news of Omar's death could fracture the Taliban, and even embolden ISIS as it seeks to broaden its territory

File Photo Of 1993 Mumbai Serial Bomb Blasts Case

India Hangs 1993 Mumbai Bomb Plotter Yakub Memon

Yakub Memon, convicted for the 1993 terrorist attacks in India's western metropolis Mumbai that killed more than 250 people, was hanged early Thursday morning. Memon was executed on his 53rd birthday at a prison near Nagpur, about 14 hours from Mumbai

Robert Kraft, owner of the New Englad Patriots, at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 9, 2015.

Patriots Owner Blasts NFL for Brady Suspension

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he was wrong to trust the NFL in the deflated-footballs case and that he regrets not appealing the penalties against the team. "This was never about doing what was fair and just," said Kraft