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Indian Heat Wave Kills Hundreds

An intense heat wave that has driven daytime temperatures as high as 118°F (48°C) in parts of India has claimed over 400 lives. The toll is the highest in the southeastern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where most of the deaths are being reported

Erection of Solar Impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Solar Impulse Readies for Pacific Crossing

On Tuesday morning local time, the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 will take off from Nanjing, China, and fly for 120 hours straight, bound for Hawaii, hoping to complete the first fuelless Pacific Ocean crossing

In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington.

U.S. Defense Chief Questions Iraq's 'Will to Fight'

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama Administration official

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New York Yankees Retire Bernie Williams' Number

The New York Yankees paid the ultimate respect to five-time all-star Bernie Williams on Sunday night by retiring his no. 51 jersey and placing a plaque dedicated to him in Monument Park alongside those of the team's myriad other legends

A file picture dated February 14, 2007 of Noble Laureate John Nash speaking on 'Global Games and Globalization' during a function in New Delhi.

A Beautiful Mind Mathematician Killed in Crash

John Forbes Nash Jr., the subject of the 2001 Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife were killed in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said. "Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts," said Russell Crowe, who played Nash

Anna and Josh Duggar at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 28, 2015.

Duggars Shut Down Website Amid Molestation Reports

Josh and Anna Duggar’s official website has been taken down, three days since Josh responded to allegations that he molested five underage girls as a teenager. TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from the air in light of accusations against the reality-TV star

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural on May 24, 2015, in the Liberties area of Dublin, as Ireland becomes an international advocate for gay rights.

Gays Wake Up to Changed Ireland, Let 'New Normal' Sink In

The gay couples of Ireland woke up on Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn — some with dreams of wedding plans in their heads. Many weren't rising too early, however, after celebrating the history-making outcome of Ireland's referendum legalizing gay marriage

IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya takes the checkered flag to win the running of the the Greatest Spectacle in Racing the 99th Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis on May 24th, 2015.

Montoya Beats Power for Second Indy 500 Win

Juan Pablo Montoya beat Will Power for his second Indianapolis 500 win. Montoya last won Indy in 2000, and the 15 years between victories are a record for a driver. "I'm glad I am proving them right, that they made the right choice," he said

U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth right in front, two Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion with South Korean activists along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul

Activists Cross Demilitarized Zone Between Koreas

A international group of female activists crossed the border between North and South Korea to promote peace between the two countries, which have yet to sign a peace treaty 60 years after the Korean War ended


Bird Flu Spreading as Scientists Look Everywhere for Clues

Federal agriculture officials are looking everywhere they can think of for H5N2 bird flu, which has spread to poultry flocks in 14 states and killed or forced the slaughter of more than 39 million birds. Highly pathogenic avian influenza has never spread like this before in the U.S.