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Hackers Targeted Voter Systems Before 2016 Election

The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. Officials said the hackers are believed to be Russian agents

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DeVos Rescinds Campus Sex Assault Guidelines

The Trump administration is scrapping Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new interim instructions. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the rules were unfairly skewed against students accused of assault

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Why Friday Is the First Day of Fall

Friday's autumn equinox marks the end of summer and the first day of fall for anybody living in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning colder weather and longer nights are on the way

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Trump Says Kim Jong Un 'Is Obviously a Madman'

The war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues. Less than a day after Kim called Trump a "dotard," Trump took to Twitter to declare that the North Korean strongman is "obviously a madman"

Trees block the streets after Hurricane Maria at Escambron Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 20.

Hurricane Maria Causes Dam Failure in Puerto Rico

A failing dam prompted emergency evacuations of two towns in northwest Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory struggled with flooding, an island-wide power blackout and other dangers in Hurricane Maria's wake

Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies on Capitol Hill

Howard University Students Chant During Comey Speech

Dozens of students interrupted a speech made by former FBI director James Comey at the 150th opening convocation of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Video footage from the scene Friday shows Comey attempting to speak

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Paul: GOP Health Bill Sets Up 'Perpetual Food Fight'

President Donald Trump used Twitter Friday to slam Sen. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP's last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law. Paul fired back, calling the Senate bill "fake repeal"


Search for Mexico Quake Survivors Enters Fourth Day

Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake

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Artificial Colors Are Back in Trix After Complaints

The maker of the iconic sugary breakfast cereal Trix is reintroducing artificial colors and flavorings after customers complained about the all-natural option, made using radishes, purple carrots, and turmeric

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Uber Might Be About to Disappear from London

London's transportation authority said the app "is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence" and had demonstrated "a lack of corporate responsibility." Uber said it would appeal the ruling