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US President Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the formation for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, at it's headquarters in McClean, Va., on Apr. 24, 2015.

Obama Defends Drones

President Obama praised the nation's spying operations a day after disclosing that U.S. drones killed two al-Qaeda hostages

Baltimore seeks answers in Freddie Gray's death in police custody

Cops Erred in Man's Death

A Baltimore man should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested—before he was put inside a police van, authorities said

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Starbucks Reopens After Computer Glitch Shutters Stores

A computer outage that affected 7,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. and 1,000 in Canada has been resolved, and stores will be open for business Saturday. During the outage, some baristas gave away a flurry of free frappuccinos and coffees

Abercrombie & Fitch Open Munich Flagship Store

Abercrombie & Fitch Revamp Will Ditch Shirtless Models

In response to declining profits, the retail store that once felt like a nightclub is turning down the music, turning up the lights and dropping the shirtless models that used to greet patrons. The company is also abolishing the attractiveness qualification for new workers

Lanvin : Front Row - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016

See Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad

David Ayer, director of the upcoming Suicide Squad film, gave the first official look at Jared Leto as the iconic DC villain The Joker. Ayer released the photo late Friday to celebrate The Joker’s 75th anniversary


Remembering Richard Corliss: His Greatest Reviews

Richard Corliss, who died Thursday at 71, reviewed more than 1,000 movies in the 35 years he spent as TIME’s resident expert on all things Hollywood. Here are some of his finest reviews, from Raging Bull and E.T., to There's Something About Mary and Fast Five

Pepsi Cola is one of the major brands of carbonated drinks

Diet Pepsi Will No Longer Contain Aspartame

The company will replace the low calorie sweetener with two different artificial sweeteners, it said Friday. A PepsiCo executive explained in the announcement that "while decades of studies show aspartame is safe, we recognize that consumer demand is evolving."

Florida Fraternity Accused of Insulting Disabled Veterans

The University of Florida is investigating a fraternity for allegedly spitting on wounded military veterans during an event at a Panama City Beach resort. "There is no doubt that some of our members engaged in ugly and unacceptable behavior," the fraternity said


Here's Where Americans Binge-Drink the Most

Ten years of research published in the American Journal of Public Health has broken down the data by county, observing adults 21 and over who binge-drink and those who drink heavily — and the results show wide variation in the amounts Americans drink stock photos Health Syringe Needle

Indiana HIV Outbreak Worsens, With 142 Infected

The state extended its public health emergency in Scott County for another month on Friday as a new report released by federal and state health officials reveals disturbing trends in injection drug use in a county of only 4,200 people