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The Next Katrina

As President Obama prepares to visit New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilt city is likely safer from hurricanes than it has ever been before. But that doesn't mean New Orleans, or other costal centers, are safe

County of Los Angeles Sheriff's Lt. Chris Marks poses wearing the Taser Axon Flex, on-officer camera system attached to glasses in Monterey Park on Sept. 17, 2014.

L.A. Police to Launch Largest Body Cam Program in U.S.

The LAPD, which has been studying the technology for two years, will begin introducing the first batch of a total of 7,000 cameras next week. The first 860 cameras, purchased by the department for around $1.5 million, will be gradually deployed over the next month

Woody Allen at "Irrational Man" press conference

Why Neurotics Might Be More Creative

A new theory suggests that the connection between neuroticism and creativity may come down to how neurotic people daydream. People whose minds tend to get stuck on a problem may be more likely to figure out a creative solution

Customers are served at a McDonald's in Times Square in New York on July 23, 2015.

Labor Board Ruling Could Boost Fast Food Unions

The ruling makes it easier for workers at McDonald's and other fast food chains to negotiate with the corporation, not just the individual location where they work. However, some worry it could make the franchise businesses more difficult

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Hillary Clinton Compares Republicans to 'Terrorist Groups'

Speaking in Ohio, Hillary Clinton compared Republicans attempting to defund Planned Parenthood to "terrorist groups." Republican National Committee Press Secretary Allison Moore called Clinton's remarks "inflammatory" and demanded an apology

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California Cut Water Use by Almost a Third in July

California cities cut water use by a combined 31% in July, exceeding the governor's statewide mandate to conserve as the four-year drought continued. "This is the drought of the century," said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board

In this image released by Disney, a scene is shown from the upcoming film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," expected in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

New Star Wars Footage Shows Another Lightsaber

Star Wars' official Instagram account uploaded new footage from The Force Awakens, showing a new angle on previously seen clips and one of the movie's potential heroes activating a blue lightsaber

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U.S. Army Chooses Humvee Replacement

The U.S. Army has awarded a $6.7 billion contract to Oshkosh Corporation to build 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, which will replace the famous Humvee. The replacement will have extra protection to defend against explosive devices

WDBJ Anchors Pay Silent Tribute to Their Slain Colleagues

A day after two of their colleagues were killed during a live broadcast, Virginia television station WDBJ honored them with a moment of silence. The three anchors were visibly emotional as they honored the lives of journalist Alison Parker and camera operator Adam Ward

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Derrick Rose Denies Involvement in Gang Rape

Rose's response comes after an unidentified woman accused Rose and two other men of drugging her and gang-raping her in Aug. 2013. According to her account, Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her while she was incapacitated

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Austria Police Find Up to 50 Dead Bodies in Truck

Police discovered the partially decomposed bodies of up to 50 migrants piled up in a truck parked on the shoulder of an Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border. Police official Hans Peter Doskozil said the truck had Hungarian license plates