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Chinese soldiers salute a marching band during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 3, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan and the end of World War II. China kicked off a huge military ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II on September 3, as major Western leaders stayed away. AFP PHOTO / POOL / WANG ZHAOWANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

China Stages Epic Parade to Mark WWII Anniversary

Beijing flexed its muscle with an impressive display to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its World War II victory over Japan. The parade was also an undeniable declaration of China's rising global ambitions

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College Kids Are Smoking Pot Over Cigarettes

Surveys conducted as part of the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study revealed that marijuana use among college students is on the rise, with daily or near-daily use being reported by 5.9% of students in 2014

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The 2016 Oscars Will Have 2 Hosts

The 2016 Academy Awards will have not one but two hosts next year, producers confirmed. David Hill, who is producing the show along with Reginald Hudlin, says he has a pair in mind that's already a well-known duo

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GOP Seeks Pledge to Avert Trump Third-Party Run

Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances

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Hungary Reopens Budapest Train Station to Refugees

After a two-day standoff that kept 2,000 migrants out of the Keleti Railway Terminus, Hungarian authorities finally reopened the entrances to Budapest's central train station—prompting hundreds of them to flood in and throng waiting trains

President Barack Obama holds up a fish while visiting with Commercial and Subsistence Fishers Alannah Hurley, left, and Kim Williams, second from right, on Kanakanak Beach on Sept. 2, 2015, in Dillingham, Alaska.

Obama's Arctic Visit Highlights Tough Life in Alaska

With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama shined a spotlight on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions that most Americans would be hard-pressed to imagine

People pray at the reopened Erawan shrine in central Bangkok on August 31, 2015.

8th Bangkok Bomb Suspect Named

Thai police have named an eighth suspect in connection with the bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. A warrant was issued Wednesday for Emrah Davutoglu, believed to be the Turkish husband of Thai suspect Wanna Suansan

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Man Shot by Deputies Appeared to Have a Knife

A second video that captured Texas deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show that he was holding a knife, a sheriff said, declining to release the video because the investigation is ongoing

Health workers put on protective gear before entering a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone December 19, 2014.

200 to Be Vaccinated for Ebola in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization is to begin vaccinating about 200 people in Sierra Leone who came into contact with a woman who died from Ebola on Saturday. Sierra Leone had begun a 42-day countdown to being declared Ebola-free

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Judge Will Not Dismiss Charges in Freddie Gray Case

A Baltimore judge refused to dismiss charges against six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray, who was in their custody. The defense had sought to drop the charges, which include second-degree murder, because of prosecutorial misconduct

First Two Females In Army's Ranger Program Graduate From Intensive Ranger School

Army Ranger School Now Open to Women Permanently

Less than a month after two women successfully completed Army Ranger School, the U.S. Army said that the program would be open to all genders on a permanent basis. The announcement ends an assessment period